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Waste disposal permits required for van drivers on Wirral

by Nick Webster. Published Wed 07 Oct 2009 14:52, last updated: 07/10/09

Drivers of vans and pick-ups or cars with "large trailers" now need a permit to dump rubbish at sites on Wirral with the intruction of a control scheme.

The requirement for permits began on 1st October and van drivers turning up at Wirral Household Waste Recycling Centres face being turned-away unless they obtain the paperwork in advance.

The sceheme - which could be rolled--out across the county - is aimed at discouraging the illegal disposal of trade waste at the three Wirral Recycling Centres.

Anyone using a van or large trailer needs a permit to deposit household waste at West Kirby, Bidston and Clatterbridge sites.

The scheme is designed to end abuse by commercial traders who avoid paying Landfill Tax by disposing of waste the sites, at Wirral Council Tax-payers’ expense.

Those applying for permits only need to supply their name, address and vehicle details to help weed out commercial and trade operators.

Wirral residents using such vehicles at any of thee three sites should ring 0151 236 0305 or log onto www.merseysidewda.gov.uk before their next visit.

They will then be sent a permit which they can use to get on site.

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA)Deputy Chairperson, Councillor John Salter, said: “The message is clear. If you use a van to visit your local Recycling Centre, you need a permit.

“It’s not a perfect solution, but applying for a permit will be a quick and painless process and it will help end a situation which means council tax payers have to pick up the bill for the illegal behaviour of commercial operators.”

Permits are issued free of charge to householders but there are some limited on the number of times the permit can be used.

It is hoped the scheme will also reduce congestion at the three Centres and improve safety by reducing movement of large vehicles.

Householders visiting in ordinary saloon or estate cars/people carriers will not need permits unless they have blanked out windows or permanently removed rear seats.

MWDA will closely monitor the trial phase of the scheme before deciding whether to roll it out across the rest of Merseyside.



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"phonelines always busy very poor service " moxon, ch43 8tq around 9 months ago

"THIS IS NOT A PAINLESS EXERCISE. THE WEBSITE IS RUBBISH AND THE PHONELINES CONSTANTLY BUSY. I PAY MY COUNCIL TAX BUT GET VERY POOR SERVICE" Mark Collinge, WIRRAL around 1 year, 2 months ago

"i am writing to apply for a permit to dispose of unwanted household rubbish" michael green, liverpool around 3 years ago

"Great idea, and we the public cannot complain, eg' less waiting, safer for all, and no extra charge, ps any jobs pt/ft/relief please email" James, tranmere wirral around 3 years, 10 months ago

 
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