Published Monday 10 April 2017

Visitors to the Stafferton Way recycling and refuse centre will be asked for proof of residency in a move to reduce the amount of waste from outside of the Royal Borough being brought to the site.

From Monday 24 April, visitors to the recycling and refuse centre will be asked to show their Advantage Card to be allowed to use the site.

If residents don’t have a yellow Advantage Card then they will need to produce photo identity together with proof of residency such as a council tax statement or utility bill.

The move follows a survey at the site in 2016 which showed almost 20 per cent of visitors to the site were from outside the Royal Borough. It is estimated the cost to the council of dealing with this waste from non-residents is nearly £100,000 per year. 

The survey also showed how popular the site is with over 5,000 visits each week in June last year.

The new scheme follows on from the introduction of permits in February this year to reduce the amount of non-household waste that is left at the site by visitors arriving in vans.

Cllr Carwyn Cox, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “We are always looking at ways to improve our waste management services and increase the amount of recycling we collect.

“Asking residents for proof of residency at the new meet and greet station is a great opportunity for us to engage with residents as they arrive and improve the service we offer by ensuring they are directed swiftly to the right parts of the site.

“To begin with we are expecting that entering the site may take a little while longer as residents get used to the changes, and we’d ask for people’s patience and understanding during this time.

“However, this change will allow us to make sure our residents and council tax payers get value for money while also helping them to make better use of the facilities, and should lead to a reduction in what we spend on sending general rubbish to be disposed of.”

There are a number of items which can be recycled at the Stafferton Way site which cannot be recycled at home including:

•           wood and timber
•           books 
•           DVDs 
•           hardcore and soil 
•           scrap metal 
•           motor oil 
•           household paint 
•           fluorescent tubes and electrical bulbs 
•           vehicle and household batteries 
•           small and large electrical items.

Extra staff will be on hand during the first few weeks to offer further assistance and help residents with any queries.