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Changes to trade and bulky waste disposal to be introduced at Household Waste Recycling Centres

Changes to the disposal of trade and bulky waste are to be introduced at Staffordshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) to help curb queues for residents.

Members of the county council’s Cabinet approved the introduction of permits for van/trailers at their meeting today (17 May 2023).

The changes follow public consultation and now require Staffordshire residents with vans or trailers to apply for permits, which will allow them to make 12 visits per year to the sites. Staffordshire residents with cars will still be able to use the sites freely.

The 14 HWRCs are well used by Staffordshire residents with around 1.6 million visits a year. Only 20,000 are recorded as trade.

Simon Tagg, Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change at Staffordshire County Council said: "We are committed to providing an efficient and effective HWRC network for Staffordshire residents.

“The changes will help address the issue of queuing on HWRC sites due to trade waste vehicles taking space and considerable time to offload waste.

“We have listened to what people had to say and believe permits for residents with vans or trailers and only accepting trade waste within Staffordshire will be the best way to make sure households can dispose of their waste quickly and efficiently.

“There will be no change to Staffordshire residents disposing of waste in cars. Disposal of non-chargeable items will remain the same for both residents requiring and not requiring permits.”

Staffordshire County Council continues to invest in and improve its HWRCs and the changes are in line with many other local authorities that surround Staffordshire.

People can find out more about Staffordshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres here.


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