Reading councils tighten rules at recycling centres

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Councils in Reading, Bracknell and Wokingham to introduce a permit system at their recycling centres

Reading Borough Council and Bracknell Forest Council are introducing stricter rules for tradesmen using the Smallmead and Longshot Lane recycling centres to dispose of their commercial waste for free.

From September this year, any traders visiting the recycling centres at Smallmead and Longshot Lane in a “commercial or commercial-type vehicle” must be in possession of a permit before they can dispose of their waste at these sites.

The crackdown is designed to restrict traders who are using the recycling sites to dump their commercial waste for free, which the councils say is costing taxpayers £68,000 per year.

Re3, the waste company which operates the recycling centres in Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell, say that allowing unprincipled traders to dispose of their waste for free at the expense of residents is not fair.

Only those living in Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell can apply for a permit. Anyone living in these areas who want to visit the Smallmead and Longshot Lane recycling centres in anything other than a car (with a single axel trailer), must apply for a permit each time.

Other changes are also being introduced, including a charge for residents who want to dispose of non-household waste materials at the two sites, including plasterboard, asbestos, soil and rubble.

Councillors from Reading Borough Council and Wokingham Borough Council said that they have assessed other such permit systems which are already operating successfully in Oxfordshire and Hampshire.

The executive member for environment at Wokingham Borough Council, Councillor Angus Ross, commented: “We’ve thought long and hard about this and we want to make sure it’s fair for our residents. We’ve carried out research at other authorities around the country and similar changes appear to have worked well.”

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