Council reminds residents to re-apply for tip permits
THURROCK Council’s recycling centre, which recently achieved a positive report with zero breaches during a recent inspection by the Environment Agency, is reminding residents to re-apply for their permits this month.
Linford Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Buckingham Hill Road, Linford, introduced free annual permits for residents using vans or trailers for domestic waste to the site last year to reduce visitor queues, improve capacity and to bring an end to abuse of the centre from non-Thurrock residents.
Anyone who signed up to the scheme during its launch and is nearing the end of their 12-month term will need to re-apply in order to use a free permit during the next year.
Since they were first introduced in April, more than 3,000 permits have been issued to Thurrock residents. Unauthorised trade waste has reduced significantly which has further protected the public purse, improved traffic flow and ensured public safety.
The yearly permits allow registered vehicles to visit the site up to 12 times in a 12-month period; or hired vehicles to visit the site up to two times in a seven-day period.
Expired permits can be re-applied for online for free via the council website.
At the start of the year, Environment Agency inspectors visited Linford Household Waste and Recycling Centre and found it complied with all criteria under environmental regulations regarding infrastructure, management, monitoring and amenity, with no breaches reported.
Findings from the inspection revealed that all waste was stored within the permitted areas; hazardous items were isolated and locked away; and staff ensured the site was tidy and accessible to all customers.
To ensure Linford Household Waste and Recycling Centre continues to be well-managed and traffic flows, an Automatic Number Plate Reader camera will be installed at the centre from 8am on Friday 8 March. Residents may experience delays when entering the site on the day as the camera is fitted.
As part of the redevelopment of the site the ANPR camera will be monitoring usage, but in the longer term it will enable those residents with permits to access the site more quickly without the need for staff checks.
For more information about the permit scheme, go to thurrock.gov.uk/HWRCpermit