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Waste site permit scheme to change in clampdown on improper use

Gypsum Close

A PERMIT scheme that allows people to use large vehicles to bring household waste to a Leicester recycling centre is set to change next week.

Currently, anyone living in the city can request a paper permit to bring household waste by van or trailer to the city council-run Gypsum Close recycling centre. This service is free of charge.

However, changes to the scheme are due to come into effect from Wednesday 11 March. This will include applications being processed faster, with most permits being approved by email within a few minutes of applying.

Instead of bringing a paper permit to the site the permits will be processed digitally, with the site staff using tablets to access the permit records. Permit holders will be required to show valid photo ID, such as a driving licence.

Some residents with older permits may be asked to reapply.

The scheme will also be extended to include pick-up vehicles.

The permits will still be free of charge to anyone living in the city and full permits are valid for 12 visits to the site over 12 months.

Car users will be unaffected by the changes.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on environment and transportation, said: “Our household recycling centres provide an important service for people who live in the city, allowing them to dispose of waste from their own homes safely and responsibly.

“The waste permit scheme is a popular service and we want to make it as easy to use as possible.

“Unfortunately, despite the excellent trade waste facilities on offer at Gypsum Close, some businesses do try to exploit the household waste permit scheme to dispose of their commercial waste. These changes will help us to crackdown on that.”

Permit vehicles can only use Gypsum Close Recycling Centre and are not permitted to use Freemen’s Common.

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