Monday, 4 March 2013

Recycling centres will need permits

We have received this information from councillor officers

Scheme overview
From 2 April 2013 residents will need an electronic Recycling Centre Resident’s Permit to use any of the Recycling Centres in Bath & North East Somerset.
The permit is not something physical that residents will have to carry with them – it is an electronic authorisation based on a vehicle license plate.
Registration is free and for residents of Bath and North East Somerset only. Once authorised, vehicle license plates will be recognised electronically on entry into our centres and prove automatically that the driver is a resident. Resident’s Permit will last for three years.
There will be no need to apply for a permit if a resident already has a:
Van Permit and are using this vehicle to visit the centre or;
a resident’s Discovery Card and show this on site (this allows free or discounted admission to various museums and other heritage sites in Bath and North East Somerset)
Why are we introducing Resident’s Permits?

We are keen to introduce a system which does not unnecessarily inconvenience our residents, but ensures that we are no longer subsidising the disposal of waste from households located outside of Bath & North East Somerset.

This new permit should make it fairer for all. As well as helping us save costs, we hope that this will also reduce queuing times at the centres. Our neighbouring authorities have already introduced similar schemes.

The staff will continue to use their discretion to allow residents to use the sites whilst providing leaflets on how to register for future visits. We want to ensure the sites remain accessible to our residents and that they are offered a high level of customer service.

There will be no enforcement of the scheme throughout April to allow greater awareness of the new permits. We are keen however to start advertising the fact that the Recycling Centres are for residents only as soon as possible to discourage non-residents from using the sites.

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