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Bristol council implements recycling centre ID check scheme

Monday, October 22, 2012 - 15:27:13

Recycling centres up and down the UK are harnessed by millions of people, to safely dispose of waste in an environmentally friendly way.

However, the council in Bristol is having to implement a new scheme, which might slow down the process and actually put people off using recycling facilities.

People who want to use local recycling centres will need to take a form of ID with them, before they are allowed to part ways with their waste.

They will also be allowed just one bootload of recycling a week, which might be a real problem for people who are perhaps moving house and need to get rid of a lot of unwanted items.

The reason for requiring ID be shown, is that the council wants to stop people coming in from outside the area and using the recycling centres.

Part of the problem is that the five centres are open every day of the week, which means that people with less comprehensive local services are choosing to make the journey to Bristol.

The council is also trying to reduce the amount of waste which is passed on to recycling centres from building contractors or from people who are carrying out their own DIY work.

This is the reason for the one bootload per week limit, which is the equivalent of six lots of 25kg, according to This Is Bristol.

The presence of ID requirements and even numberplate recognition technology is not unusual, with councils in Gloucestershire and Somerset already taking measures to prevent universal access to recycling centres, intended for use by locals only.

Of course, the problem is that by turning people away, the councils might end up creating more of a problem with fly tipping, so critics claim that a balance has to be struck.




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