Renfrewshire Council is cracking down on businesses illegally dumping commercial waste – by bringing in a permit scheme at the area’s five Household Waste Recycling Centres.
In a move to stop commercial operators using the centres, anyone driving a van, pick-up, mini bus or towing a trailer must from 16 July register online for a free permit by 4:30pm the day before they plan to visit a facility.
Permit holders must ensure they bring photo identification and proof of residency to the centre when they visit.
The new system does not apply to residents using a car unless they are towing a trailer.
Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We are unfortunately having issues with commercial businesses and traders attempting to use our Household Waste Recycling Centres free of charge to dump their trade waste.
“This is illegal and is not fair to other Renfrewshire residents who are using the sites correctly.
“Under the new system, drivers of commercial-style vehicles will need to apply for a permit each time they visit a site, and the permit will only be valid for the date and vehicle applied for.
“Waste brought to any of our five centres may be subject to inspection and, if deemed to be commercial waste, the person will be refused access to the site.
“This change brings us into line with other local authorities and aims to stop illegal commercial dumping and free up our centres for residents who are using the service correctly.”
Residents can apply online for a free permit by filling out an application on the Council’s website at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/HWRC.
The website also includes detailed information and frequently asked questions to help residents familiarise themselves with the new permit system.