Trial to allow businesses to use recycling centre

Braintree and Witham Times: Trial to allow businesses to use recycling centre Trial to allow businesses to use recycling centre

Businesses will be able to dispose of waste at a recycling centre as part of a trial scheme.

Essex County Council (ECC) will be allowing trade waste to be disposed of at the centre in Springwood Drive, Braintree, from today until April 11.

Use of recycling centres is normally limited to household waste only, but businesses will be able to use the Braintree site on a ‘pay as you throw’ basis.

The trial is also being carried out at a centre in Saffron Walden.

Roger Walters, ECC cabinet member for waste and recycling, said: “The purpose of this pilot scheme is to determine whether there is demand for trade waste facilities at our recycling centres, which would be of value to local businesses while removing the costs to the county council for disposing of commercial waste.

“We hope that as many local traders as possible take advantage of this trial, and we would appreciate their feedback on the scheme.”

Traders will be charged based on the size of their vehicle and the type of waste they wish to dispose of.

If the trial is successful, the scheme will be implemented countywide.

For more information, visit essex.gov.uk/recyclingcentres

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1:16pm Mon 20 Jan 14

totallockout says...

Will ECC be publishing a tarif guide to indicate what rubbish carries what charge or are we at the mercy of the staff to decide the charge on spec? It will be impossible to police this initiative. Also, is it not the case that recycling sites are rewarded for the volume/weight of recyclable materials they 'produce' each month/quarter/year? This means a double revenue-stream. Money on the way in, money on the way out.
A while ago I was challenged for dumping cardboard boxes which I admitted were business waste. I was told if I did it again I'd be reported! My choices therefore are:
1) pay a contractor to collect the waste
2) put it in a wheelie bin where it would be transferred to landfill
3) dump it at the recycling centre without getting caught.
4) fly tip it!!!!!
Our business produces very little waste and we try hard to dispose of it responsibly. ECC initiative doesn't help small business like ours.
Will ECC be publishing a tarif guide to indicate what rubbish carries what charge or are we at the mercy of the staff to decide the charge on spec? It will be impossible to police this initiative. Also, is it not the case that recycling sites are rewarded for the volume/weight of recyclable materials they 'produce' each month/quarter/year? This means a double revenue-stream. Money on the way in, money on the way out. A while ago I was challenged for dumping cardboard boxes which I admitted were business waste. I was told if I did it again I'd be reported! My choices therefore are: 1) pay a contractor to collect the waste 2) put it in a wheelie bin where it would be transferred to landfill 3) dump it at the recycling centre without getting caught. 4) fly tip it!!!!! Our business produces very little waste and we try hard to dispose of it responsibly. ECC initiative doesn't help small business like ours. totallockout
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