Changes to waste permits

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Northumberland County Council is cracking down on unauthorised use of its household waste recovery centres.

Twelve centres across Northumberland, including one at the Ramparts Business Park in Berwick, can take a wide range of household waste items, but they are not designed for use by businesses, property developers or for waste from large-scale DIY schemes.

Alternative services are available for business use. If residents wish to take their waste to a site with a van, trade type vehicle or a trailer longer than one and a half metres, they have to obtain a household waste permit before they visit.

From September 1, the number of permits issued to residents will be limited to 12 per household per year. Householders will also have an annual limit on the volume of DIY waste they can deposit each year of six cubic yards – or the equivalent of a single transit van load.

The council plans to use number plate recognition at some of its sites to identify suspected tradespeople using any vehicle, including cars.

Councillor Ian Swithenbank, policy board member responsible for streetcare and environment, said: “Unfortunately we find that some people do abuse the facilities at our waste centres, and those who aren’t authorised to use them do so in preference to making legitimate arrangements to dispose of their waste.

“We hope that through implementing these new measures we can make the sites even more convenient for residents and improve customer experience.”

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