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Vehicle Permit Criteria and Booking System for Household Recycling Centres

Published: 14/01/2022

Flintshire’s Cabinet will be asked to approve the revised Vehicle Permit Policy and the booking system criteria for Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) when it meets later this month.

Cabinet has already approved an earlier report proposing these changes, but a further report was requested to give more clarity on how the changes would be implemented.

The main points of the proposed Vehicle Permit Criteria Policy are as follows:

  • The policy details the vehicle scheme criteria;
  • Clear classification of those vehicles that do not require a permit, those that do require a permit and those that are not eligible for a permit;
  • All trailers, irrelevant of size will now require a permit;
  • Size restrictions have been placed on vehicles and trailers that are eligible for a permit, due to the limited space available on HRC sites and the additional time taken to unload larger vehicles and trailers, which can impact access for householders, particularly at peak times of the day;
  • The application process and required documentation is clearly detailed;
  • Those who repeatedly fail to provide the correct documentation in support of their application for a permit will be refused a permit and a timescale set for reapplication;
  • Permits will be issued for one specific HRC site to improve control and access to the site;
  • A one-off permit will be introduced for those who have a business/sign written vehicle who want to dispose of household waste;
  • The temporary permit criteria is clearly defined;
  • The policy details that abuse of the scheme will not be tolerated and that permits can be revoked for non-compliance.

The booking system to be introduced for difficult materials or waste streams (initially for asbestos and mattresses) will consist of:

  • A requirement to book online in advance of the visit
  • A restriction on the volume of waste being brought to site during the visit
  • A restriction on the number of visits per year
  • A timeslot to be given for the disposal time
  • If being brought in a van/trailer then a valid permit will be required to book
  • Details of which site will accept the waste stream
  • Details of which days are available for disposal

Flintshire’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene, Councillor Glyn Banks, said:

“The Council’s waste strategy is to re-use, recycle and compost as much recoverable waste as we can at our HRCs.  These new systems will help us to do this as well as helping to streamline residents’ visits to HRC sites.  We are proposing to introduce them from April 2022.”