A new system of charges for the disposal of DIY waste is being trialled at Lynn’s recycling centre.
The Saddlebow Road site is one of eight across Norfolk which is testing the new Pay as You Throw (PAYT) system, which has begun today.
Under the new rules, visitors can still take one large item or one 80 kilogram bag of household waste to the site free each week.
But, beyond that, visitors will now be charged for the types of waste they bring for disposal, rather than the vehicle they come to site in.
Guide prices are being displayed at the centre and on the Norfolk County Council website.
Council chiefs say the reform is needed to help the waste service cover its costs more effectively.
Toby Coke, chairman of the authority’s environment, development and transport committee, said the scheme will be kept under review.
But he added: “It is first and foremost intended to be fairer - both to the resident who wants to use the service, by charging them more accurately for the waste they bring, and to the wider council taxpaying community, by ensuring they aren’t subsidising the cost of other people’s home improvement projects.
“We hope the trial will increase the amount of recycling in the county by ensuring that as much recyclable waste as possible is sent off for reprocessing and re-use in good condition.”
The scheme also includes provision for small businesses and charities to pay for the disposal of their waste at the site on weekdays.
Mr Coke said that would provide an important new revenue stream for the council, as well as offering firms an affordable way to dispose of the waste they generate.