E-permit scheme for vans and trailers set to be introduced at Recycling Centres

Back in May, County Council Conservatives approved plans to introduce a van and trailer e-permit scheme across Cambridgeshire’s nine household recycling centres (HRCs).

The scheme, which will be commencing in October will allow the Council to better regulate the use of vans and trailers at HRCs helping to ensure only household waste is delivered to sites.

Any resident planning to visit a HRC with a van or trailer should obtain an e-permit using an online system beforehand. These e-permits will be limited to 12 visits per year. To allow larger household and garden jobs, there will be an exemption to the scheme for trailers up to 1.5m (5ft) in length (excluding the towing mechanism bar) and 570 litre capacity.

Conservative Councillor Mathew Shuter, Chair of the Highways and Infrastructure Committee, commented “We’re seeing more and more pressures on our HRCs, between 2012/13 and 2016/17 there’s been a 20% rise in waste collected at them and this increases the pressure on our already strained budgets.

 “We want to prevent unlawful trade waste being disposed of at our HRCs, which is ultimately at a cost to the council tax paying residents of Cambridgeshire. With population growth and changes made by neighbouring authorities affecting us now is the right time for us to bring in a scheme that will not only address this issue but to allow us to monitor who uses our sites and ensure we can cope with rising demand on the service.”

 Additional site staff will be available to help at all nine HRCs in the early months of the scheme being introduced.