Clamping down on misuse of waste sites

Northumberland County Council is cracking down on unauthorised use of its household waste recovery centres – ensuring that the facilities provide the best possible service to their customers – county residents.

Twelve centres, including Alnwick, Seahosues and Wooler, can take a wide range of household waste items, but they are not designed for use by businesses, property developers or for waste from large-scale DIY home improvements. Alternative services are available for business use.

If residents wish to take their waste to a site with a van, trade-type vehicle or a trailer longer than five feet, they have to obtain a permit before they visit, which will now be limited to 12 per household per year.

The council also plans to use automated number-plate recognition at some of its sites to identify suspected tradespeople.