Householders in the south east Wales county Monmouthshire will be asked to show proof of residency to gain access to the county’s HWRC sites under a new scheme being rolled out from 1 June.
The council says that the measure is in response to an ‘influx’ in waste being received at the four sites at Llanfoist, Five Lanes, Mitchel Troy and Usk from neighbouring authorities.
As part of the measure, every household in the county will receive one access permit. Meet and greet staff will be present at all sites and residents will be asked to display permits on their windscreen so they are visible to staff when entering the site.
According to documents published by the council when the measure was considered in December 2018 – a reduction in the provision of HWRC services in neighbouring authority regions has seen an increase in the amount of cross-border users entering the sites.
A survey of users carried out by Monmouthshire council suggested that as many as 15% of users come from outside of the county. Estimates by the council suggest that as much as 3,000 tonnes of waste deposited at the sites may fall into this category, with a potential cost of up to £150,000 per year.
The council is also reducing the operating hours of sites as a further measure to reduce costs. This will include part time closures for the sites for one or two days every week.
Councillor Bryan Jones Cabinet Member for Operations said: “The changes to Household Waste and Recycling Centres have been implemented to make savings. Part time closures to HWRCs have been shaped by resident’s feedback during a recent engagement exercise.
“I hope that residents understand that part time closures are positive and have led to savings being made without any permanent closures. There have been considerable changes to waste and recycling in recent months, I would like to thank residents for their continued cooperation during this process.”
Management of the sites is handled by Dragon Waste, sub-contracted through Viridor.
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