E-permits now available in crackdown on unauthorised trade waste disposal

People can now apply for an e-permit from Northamptonshire County Council as part of a new scheme, which starts at all household waste recycling centres from Monday, October 1, 2018. The e-permit scheme, which is free of charge will limit the amount of times people can use commercial-type vehicles or cars towing trailers to bring their household waste to the centres in a year.Household waste recycling centres (HWRC) are only licensed to accept domestic waste and unlawful trade disposal at the sites costs the council and the residents of Northamptonshire.The permit would allow people six free visits in a commercial vehicle a year, provided they are depositing household waste from their own home.

Cllr Ian Morris, county council cabinet member for transport, highways and environment, said: “This is a simple way of making sure that we can manage the use of our household waste recycling centres to make sure that it is only domestic waste which is disposed of. Not only does the unauthorised disposal of trade waste at the sites bring additional cost to the council but it can bring additional strain on the service and contribute to increased congestion at the sites. Many other waste disposal authorities nationally have already introduced similar schemes, with great success, so it makes sense that we do likewise.”

Small-scale traders currently have four designated sites across the county where they can dispose of their commercial waste legally:

  • Kettering
  • Ecton Lane
  • Sixfields
  • Rushden

It is estimated that introducing the e-permit system would bring the county council savings of about £200,000 annually. People can apply for a permit on the county council’s website www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/hwrc.