Recycling centres to maintain trailer guidelines

FIFE COUNCIL has determined to not dump rules banning double-axle trailers from its recycling centres.

The measure was introduced in final summer time following a evaluate and was aimed toward thwarting business customers who transfer to automobiles and trailers to get rid of enterprise waste.

A report that went to the council’s setting and protecting companies committee in the present day final Thursday by chief working officer Robin Baird says the choice has proved profitable in decreasing the quantity of fabric delivered to websites.

He acknowledged that the ban had introduced with it some issues relating to its effectiveness in controlling the usage of the websites by merchants with out adversely affecting house owners.

“On the time the entry coverage was written, it was recognised that double-axle trailers had been predominately utilized by merchants, nonetheless, following enforcement of the coverage, it is usually recognised that there are a small variety of house owners inside Fife that personal double-axle trailers and use these to entry the recycling centres,” he stated.

“Expertise has proven that exceptions may very well be managed the place real distinctive circumstances are famous.

“All single-axle trailers utilizing recycling centres to get rid of family waste should full a declaration type and supply proof of deal with previous to disposing of any waste.

“There isn’t any restrict on the variety of single-axle trailer visits however the knowledge offered will likely be monitored to stop waste crime.”

The report data greater than 500,000 guests to recycling centres between January and June this yr and solely seven complaints from house owners concerning the double-axle ban.

“There have been roughly 1,700 declaration types accomplished figuring out trailers accessing the location,” added Mr Baird. “These figures verify the preliminary assumption that double-axle trailers are predominately utilized by merchants whereas most house owners who personal trailers have the single-axle sort.

“It does, nonetheless, determine that there are a minority of homeowners with double-axle trailers and as such there’s mitigation required for distinctive circumstances.

“To take care of the progress made in decreasing unauthorised business use of recycling centres, it’s proposed that the double-axle trailer ban stay in place right now.”

Facility customers will nonetheless have to finish a declaration type confirming they’re eliminating family waste whereas house owners wanting to make use of double-axle trailers will likely be thought-about beneath distinctive circumstances with prior approval.