A new policy is being introduced to cut congestion, increase recycling and reduce non-household waste being deposited at the sites.
The Household Waste Recycling Centres are to enable residents to dispose of small quantities of household waste. The amount of waste going through the centres has increased to higher levels than the Council can accept, and it has been decided to introduce a free Permit Scheme to control access to the centres.
The permit scheme sets out which vehicles can and cannot be taken to the Centres including the types of waste, helping to reduce congestion and queuing.
The following vehicles will need to obtain a free permit to use the Household Waste Recycling Centres at Eaton Green Road (LU2 9RT) and Progress Way (LU4 9TR), Luton:
- Pick up trucks
- Minibuses/MPVs with more than 7 and up to 11 seats
- Trailers larger than 1.2m (4ft) x 0.9m (3ft) up to 1.8m (6ft) x 1.2m (4ft)
Vehicles weighing over 3.5 tonnes or having six or more wheels are not allowed to use the centres. Trailers larger than 1.8m (6ft) x 1.2m (4ft) and any other trailer with double axles will not have access to the centres.
Residents who use cars, multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs), hobby trailers (up to 1.2m (4ft) long x 0.9m (3ft) wide) or 4x4 vehicles to take items to the centres will NOT require a permit.
There will be restrictions for the number of items and materials that can be taken to the sites, some of these are specified below:
Annual restriction per household:
||5 litres of garden chemicals|
||2 computer monitors
||10 litres of engine oil|
|4 fluorescent tubes
||2 car batteries
||4 car tyres|
|2 LPG cylinders
The permits are issued free of charge. Applications can be made by telephoning 01582 510333. Permits will be sent out by first class post, with the aim of their being received by site users two to three working days after requests have been made.
The permits are valid for one month and will allow residents to visit the centres up to three times during that month. Centre operatives will collect tear-off strips on the permits on the first and second visits. On the third and final visit the permit will need to be handed in to the centre operatives.