New operational changes are coming into effect in October. These introductions have been brought in to stop trade waste being dump in household centres. Most people will not be effected. See the press release below.
Kent County Council is introducing a few minor operational changes to the Household Waste Recycling Centres from 1 October 2012, following a service review and a county-wide public consultation. These changes will not affect the great majority of householders.
The disposal of business, trade or commercial waste at a Household Waste Recycling Centre is illegal and public opinion supports further measures to ensure the exclusion of these materials. There will also be small changes to the volumes of certain types of waste that householders can dispose of.
One of householders' main concerns in the consultation was queuing and congestion at centres – these changes will improve access for householders to dispose of their waste by reducing the number of unauthorised vehicles and trailers using the facilities.
The changes will improve the operational and financial efficiency of the recycling service Kent County Council provides for householders, and enable it to continue investing in expanding and modernising existing recycling centres, and increasing provision in mid Kent.
Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste, Bryan Sweetland, said:
"The majority of Kent businesses dispose of their waste responsibly, however a very small minority are illegally using the Household Waste Recycling Centres. This equates to an estimated 25,000 tonnes of waste every year, which is a financial and environmental burden to the Kent council tax payer.
"Our approach contributes to a level playing field within the private sector, requiring all companies to pay for their waste disposal through licensed operators, which KCC will be actively signposting for businesses."
Information is available for householders through various channels from 3 September 2012, to detail the changes that may affect some of the Household Waste Recycling Centre customers. Full details can be found at www.kent.gov.uk/hwrc
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