Rubbish permit scheme

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 January 2015

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A NEW permit scheme is being introduced to stop 'waste tourists' who bring in rubbish from outside the region just to dump it in the council tip - costing the council and the taxpayer more money.

Genuine North Somerset residents are going to be issued with individual permits per household to allow them access to the tip, in a bid to stop the rubbish traffic.

An increasing amount of people are using the waste and recycling centre in Weston, as well as the other tips in Backwell and Portishead, but a large portion of these users are coming in from outside the district to ditch their household waste.

North Somerset has to fork out £100 per tonne of waste it sends to landfill – money which it could spend elsewhere.

The local authority has had to find £100million in savings from 2011 to 2018 due to budget cuts, and have cut its budget by £17million last year alone.

Council officers are now looking into launching a new system to stop the influx, in which it would deliver 95,000 permits to all the households across the region.

The new scheme could be brought in as soon as July.

The council’s executive member for environment Peter Bryant said: “The reason we are doing this is we can estimate it is costing the authority £60,000 per year when people are slipping across borders and depositing their stuff in our skips.

“Anyone living in North Somerset who wishes to dispose of their rubbish will have to go online, put in their details and most importantly their vehicle registration, and prove they are a resident of North Somerset.

“If anyone goes on site without the permits we are doing vehicle registration recognition which will be flagged up.”

Cllr Bryant suggested if the driver can provide a good reason as to why they have no permit, such as if they are new to the area, it is up to the staff member to decide if they can give the driver a one-time pass.

But if they are from a nearby authority area they will be turned away.

This change comes after the council introduced permits for vans in November 2013 to try to reduce the amount of commercial waste being dumped at these centres.

The van permit only allows 12 visits per year to the tip, but the household permit has no such limit.

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