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New Permit Plans for Staffordshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres

Householders visiting Staffordshire recycling centres could be issued with free permits to distinguish between them and traders pretending to be private residents.

If agreed, it is hoped that the move will reduce queues and speed up visits to Staffordshire County Council’s 14 household waste recycling centres.

And, at the same time, it will discourage those traders who try to pass off commercial waste as household rubbish to avoid paying fees.

Simon Tagg, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change, said: “Unlike many neighbouring local authorities, Staffordshire does accept trade waste to help the work of local businesses – but as it’s not a statutory service traders have to make a payment.

“Many traders use the service without fuss, but, for example, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a householder who has borrowed a van from work for a one-off task and small businesses using a van full time.

“This proposal means we will be able to identify traders and ensure they are charged accordingly, so Staffordshire residents are not subsidising businesses which don’t want to pay their way.”

Each year, the sites have more than 1.6 million visitors and accept more than 80,000 tonnes of waste.

Local people and traders will get the chance to give their views on the new proposals when a consultation launches in December.

Simon Tagg added: “We want to hear what people think about the new plans, so we can make sure we are introducing a solution that works for our users.

“When the consultation launches in December, we encourage you to share your thoughts.”

The proposals will be discussed at a meeting of Staffordshire County Council’s Prosperous Overview and Scrutiny Committee on November 10.


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