Decision - Household Waste Recycling Centres - Permit Scheme

Decision details

Household Waste Recycling Centres - Permit Scheme

Decision Maker: Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Regeneration and Environmental Services)

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Following a query raised, the Chair agreed to this additional item being considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency on the grounds that the proposed permit scheme would come into force prior to the next meeting of the Committee.


Mr G. Sears (Contracts Manager – Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority) reported on a Permit Scheme for van users accessing Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) which had been introduced in the Wirral commencing in October 2009 and would be introduced in Liverpool and Sefton from 1st July 2010.


The scheme required that anyone using a van or large trailer to access a HWRC would need to apply for a Permit. The vehicles included in the scheme were:-


(i)                 A van;

(ii)               An estate/hatchback/4x4/car with rear seats removed and/or permanently blanked out side/rear windows;

(iii)             Any ‘flatback’ or pick-up vehicle; and

(iv)             A trailer between 2 and 3 metres long.


In addition, vehicles above 3.5 tonne gross vehicle weight, and vehicles with trailers longer than 3 metres would not be allowed to access a HWRC.


The proposals were intended to ensure that the HWRCs continued to be utilised for the disposal of household waste only and to prevent them from being used for the illegal disposal of trade waste.


Arising from the discussion reference was made to publicity surrounding the new proposals and Mr Sears explained the methods by which the Waste Disposal Authority was attempting to publicise the proposals to the users of the facilities.




That the proposals be noted and Mr Sears be thanked for his attendance at the meeting and his explanation of the operation of the new system.

Publication date: 15/06/2010

Date of decision: 01/06/2010

Decided at meeting: 01/06/2010 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Regeneration and Environmental Services)