Recycling Centres – Sorry, no permit, no entry
I think most people have taken something to a Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) at one stage or another. They are in my opinion a valuable service and facility that have made it easier for households to dispose of items that they no longer want, or are broken. It is rare to see the old matteress laying in a lay-by or a hedge as people now just take them to the HWRC.
These centres as the title implies are for household items only, in other words not industrial or commercial. In fact, it is against the law to take non household items to these sites. It is all very well saying it is against the law, but many people still do dispose industrial and commercial items at these centres. Cornwall Council claims that this costs the Authority over £1m per year and is now changing how the HWRC are operated.
They are introducing a permit system. This does not apply to cars, 4×4’s, or those same vehicles types that are towing a trailer that is under 1.8m in length. The permit will though apply to other types of vehicles. Those vehicles that will require a permit are 4×4 with open back or separate cab, horse box under 3m long and vans that are under 3.5 tonnes. If you do require a permit you will need to apply for one and these will be free. You will only be allowed to use the site 12 times before you have to reapply for a new permit. It will still though only allow you to dispose of household waste.
There will be vehicles that will be completely banned from the HWRC. These vehicles are vans over 3.5 tonnes, any van that is towing a trailer and a trailer or horse box that is over 3m in length. These will just be turned away.
These new rules are likely not to be taken well from some quarters, but is it right that we as taxpayers have to foot the extra bill of illegal dumping because people not disposing of their waste in the right way? There is however a real danger that people will not pay the charges (and they are not cheap) to dispose commercial and industrial waste and simply find a nice quiet spot and dump their items when no-one is looking. A question then could be asked is how much will that cost to clear up?
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