New permits for Household Waste and Recycling Centres

Household Waste and Recycling Centre, Wrekenton Campground

A new permit scheme for people using our Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) was introduced this week.

Local people using a van, a pick-up truck, a trailer or a commercial vehicle already need a permit to use a HWRC, but the new scheme tightens up the rules on the size and type of vehicle they can use. It also strictly limits the issue of permits to 12 a year.

Car users won't be affected as they do not need a permit.

The scheme has been introduced to discourage builders and other firms from illegally dumping commercial waste at the council's HWRCs by pretending to be local residents. Businesses are required by law to pay separately for the safe disposal of all commercial waste.

Last year, we prosecuted a local roofing firm for illegally depositing waste at one of our Household Waste and Recycling Centres. They were fined £233 with £250 costs. However, it is thought that many other businesses probably continue to slip under the radar.

Permits will be issued free of charge but will be limited to no more than 12 a year.

Blaydon HWRC
Blaydon HWRC at Cowen Road
Residents presenting their permit are also now required to show their driving licence as proof of identity and address. This is to ensure that a permit can only be used by someone actually living at the address to which the permit was issued. 

Residents using a hired van will also have to present their hire agreement.

Colin Huntington, acting strategic director for Communities and Environment says:

"Most local councils, including those neighbouring Gateshead, already limit the number of times that residents with larger vehicles can use their HWRC. This is to ensure that this valuable local service is not abused. These new rules have simply brought Gateshead into line with other authorities in the region.

"Household Waste and Recycling Centres are offered free of charge for residents to dispose of their domestic waste.  They are not provided at the expense of the Council Tax payer for businesses to use for the disposal of their commercial waste. 

"In fact, commercial businesses are specifically barred from using public waste disposal sites. The law requires them to use a properly-licenced waste carrier instead, and retain their waste transfer notes to prove how their dispose of their waste. However, we get numerous cases of people who we suspect of being traders disposing of their building waste and other items at our public sites by pretending to be a local resident.

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"The experience of other local authorities suggests that this permit scheme should help us to control that abuse."

Another change being introduced is around restrictions on vehicle lengths. Previously, residents could not use any vehicle longer than 5m which meant that people with modern leisure vehicles such as four door pick-ups had been refused entry. However, this length restriction is being eased and the new maximum length will be 5.5 metres.

Household Waste and Recycling Centre, Wrekenton Campground
29 August 2019

A new permit scheme for people using our Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) was introduced this week.

Local people using a van, a pick-up truck, a trailer or a commercial vehicle already need a permit to use a HWRC, but the new scheme tightens up the rules on the size and type of vehicle they can use. It also strictly limits the issue of permits to 12 a year.

Car users won't be affected as they do not need a permit.

The scheme has been introduced to discourage builders and other firms from illegally dumping commercial waste at the council's HWRCs by pretending to be local residents. Businesses are required by law to pay separately for the safe disposal of all commercial waste.

Last year, we prosecuted a local roofing firm for illegally depositing waste at one of our Household Waste and Recycling Centres. They were fined £233 with £250 costs. However, it is thought that many other businesses probably continue to slip under the radar.

Permits will be issued free of charge but will be limited to no more than 12 a year.

Blaydon HWRC
Blaydon HWRC at Cowen Road
Residents presenting their permit are also now required to show their driving licence as proof of identity and address. This is to ensure that a permit can only be used by someone actually living at the address to which the permit was issued. 

Residents using a hired van will also have to present their hire agreement.

Colin Huntington, acting strategic director for Communities and Environment says:

"Most local councils, including those neighbouring Gateshead, already limit the number of times that residents with larger vehicles can use their HWRC. This is to ensure that this valuable local service is not abused. These new rules have simply brought Gateshead into line with other authorities in the region.

"Household Waste and Recycling Centres are offered free of charge for residents to dispose of their domestic waste.  They are not provided at the expense of the Council Tax payer for businesses to use for the disposal of their commercial waste. 

"In fact, commercial businesses are specifically barred from using public waste disposal sites. The law requires them to use a properly-licenced waste carrier instead, and retain their waste transfer notes to prove how their dispose of their waste. However, we get numerous cases of people who we suspect of being traders disposing of their building waste and other items at our public sites by pretending to be a local resident.

Check if you need a permit

"The experience of other local authorities suggests that this permit scheme should help us to control that abuse."

Another change being introduced is around restrictions on vehicle lengths. Previously, residents could not use any vehicle longer than 5m which meant that people with modern leisure vehicles such as four door pick-ups had been refused entry. However, this length restriction is being eased and the new maximum length will be 5.5 metres.

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