From Friday (30 September), re3 area residents visiting the re3 recycling centres in a commercial or commercial type vehicle will need to apply for a permit at least 24 hours before every visit.
The application form is now available via the recycling centres page.
It is free to apply for a commercial or commercial-type vehicle permit through the simple webform. You will be able to check if you require a permit before being asked for details of the type of vehicle and waste that you want to bring on your visit. A permit will be issued for a specific date and can be printed or downloaded on to an electronic device. Please also bring along ID like a driving licence photocard for use in conjunction with your permit.
Applications for a permit need to be submitted at least 24 hours before a planned visit to a re3 recycling centre in a commercial or commercial-type vehicle so that data can be transferred.
This change has been introduced as part of a new programme to improve efficiency and generate waste management savings at re3’s popular and well-used recycling centres in Longshot Lane, Bracknell, and Island Road, Reading.
Previously, vehicles like vans were allowed to enter the recycling centres, subject to assessment, between 2pm and 4pm, Monday – Saturday, not including bank holidays. However, this system was open to abuse and re3 feels strongly that taxpayers and trade waste compliant businesses should not have to foot the bill for those firms who use the recycling centres as a way to get rid of their commercial waste for free.
re3 has calculated that if even just one per cent of what is deposited at the recycling centres comes from traders, then it would still cost the re3 partnership councils £68,000 a year to process it. At a time of hard-hitting cuts in council funding, any savings are increasingly important for the continued provision of local authority services.
Wokingham Borough Council’s Executive Member for Environment Cllr Angus Ross said: "The new commercial vehicle permits are for re3 area residents only. Applicants will be asked to sign a disclaimer when completing their online permit form as a way to deter those who want others to pay for the disposal of their own trade waste. Commercial and commercial-type vehicle permits do not entitle traders to dispose of trade waste at the recycling centres free of charge."
Bracknell Forest’s Executive Member for Environment and Chairman of the Joint Waste Disposal Board, Cllr Mrs Dorothy Hayes MBE said: "The new commercial vehicle permit system allows us to deny access to traders who may have been abusing the system and dumping their trade waste for free. We will review the number of visits made by individual residents and/or vehicles and we may contact you if your visits suggest activity more like that of a trader than a householder."
Reading Borough Council’s Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Liz Terry said: "If you want to use a commercial or commercial-type vehicle to bring your household waste to a re3 recycling centre, you will need to apply for a commercial vehicle permit before every visit. This can be done quickly and easily from a link on your local council website, and will help us to ensure that we are only accepting and paying for household waste at the re3 recycling centres."
More information on the recent changes at the re3 recycling centres can be found on the re3 website.