Managing director of skipandbin.com, Jason Mohr, voiced concerns that the size of the permit price increases will lead to more fly-tipping. Mr. Mohr said: "Few people would argue with the council charging a fee for using public roads, but increases in permit prices and landfill tax changes, which have also impacted on the cost of hiring a skip, can only lead to an increase in fly-tipping."
Mr. Mohr reminds councils that cleaning up the effects of fly-tipping will cost more than all the income brought in from skip permits. Mr. Mohr, also the owner of AnyJunk, a company that specialises in junk removal, points to a report that indicates skip permits may well tie in with an increase in fly-tipping. Half of the UK's top 10 problem areas for fly-tipping are London boroughs.
The most expensive areas of London, to obtain a skip permit, tend to be upmarket parts of the capital. Kensington and Chelsea, at £81, is the most expensive, with Westminster second at £78. Redbridge is the third most expensive, with a charge of £75. Barnet saw the biggest price rise, increasing from £39 in 2011 to £50 in 2012.
Many councils add administration and 'parking' costs to skip permit prices, and two weeks is often the minimum time a licence is issued for, which can prove costly for those who just need a skip for a few days. The Borough of Croydon will also charge a processing fee for credit card users. Another problem skip hire users found recently was restrictions placed on them because of the Olympics. Camden was once council that placed restrictions during the course of the Games.
Jason Mohr acknowledges the benefits the Olympics brought to London, but says: "I think a lot of skip hire companies feel that local councils are against them, and fail to appreciate that efficient waste removal is an important part of the infrastructure of London."
Skipandbin.com's (http://www.skipandbin.com) permit price tool, for checking prices in London boroughs, can be found here: www.skipandbin.com/
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