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Resident Van Permitting and Trade Waste Disposal Consultation

The Resident Van Permitting and Trade Waste Disposal Consultation is now closed.

 About the Consultation

Staffordshire is home to fourteen Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). The primary function of the HWRCs is to receive household waste.

To support local businesses, we also accept trade waste for a fee. Currently the sites accept trade waste from any areas including business outside of Staffordshire which increases the cost of waste disposal to the local authority and impacts on the overall resident experience.

Recently, we have seen an increased number of large vehicles or vans disposing of bulky and trade waste resulting in longer queues and waiting times at the sites. To manage this issue, we aim to introduce free van permits to improve the service at all the HWRCs for residents visiting the sites.

Less vans will cut down on waiting times and will help the sites run as smoothly as possible. 

Things you need to know about the van permit proposals

  • You will need to apply for a van permit.
  • Van permits will be free for all Staffordshire residents.
  • You will be allocated one permit per household.
  • Your van permit will have a limited number of visits per year.
  • If your van permit has reached its yearly limit, your load will be classed as trade waste and charged accordingly.
  • You will not need a permit for a car. Visits in a car are unlimited.
  • The list below shows the type of vehicles that  will/ and will not need a van permit:
Vehicles that will not require a permitVehicles that will require a permit
Car Van
4x4 Car with trailer
Caravanettes Pick-up truck
Vehicles with less than 8 seats (no seats or fittings removed) Camper van
  Vehicles with more than 8 seats (or where seats and fittings have been removed)

What is the purpose of the consultation?

We have developed a consultation to seek feedback on two areas:

  • How we manage the disposal of trade waste at Staffordshire’s HWRCs.
  • How many times a year should a van permit enable a resident using a large vehicle or van to dispose of their household waste?

When will the consultation take place?

Public consultation began on 5 December 2022 and ended on 22 January 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answer:

If you have reached your limit for van visits and you would like to visit your local site in a van you would need to pay for trade waste charges. However, you can visit your local site in car without a permit.

Answer:
We are proposing that Staffordshire residents who visit the sites in a van, large trailer or other vehicle within the list (see list here) would need to apply for a van permit to use the sites. If a resident arrives at the site without a permit, they will be treated as a trader and would need to pay for disposing for their waste.
Answer:
You will need to apply for a permit if you are a Staffordshire Resident and have a vehicle in the below list:

Vehicles that will require a permit:

Vehicles that will require a permit
Van
Car with a trailer
Pick-up truck
Camper van
Vehicles with more than 8 seats (or where seats and fittings have been removed).
Answer:
Permits would be free. 
Answer:
Currently, we are not able to identify which visitors are residents and which are business. Residents can use the sites free of charge, but businesses should pay to use the services. If all residents with a van or large vehicles have a permit, then anyone without a permit will need to pay to dispose of their waste.
Answer:
We expect that Staffordshire residents who are moving house will be able to apply for a temporary permit, or if they can show proof that the van was hired for a certain period of time.
Answer:
The primary function of the HWRC service is to receive household waste from Staffordshire residents and the Council has no statutory duty to provide for the provision of the tipping and disposal of commercial (trade) waste.
Answer:

Changes are required to control the use of the HWRC’s to minimise both operational and financial pressures as well as improve the service for residents.

Answer:
The changes will impact Staffordshire residents who visit the sites in one of the below vehicles:
Vehicles that will require a permit
Van
Car with a trailer
Pick-up truck
Camper van
Vehicles with more than 8 seats (or where seats and fittings have been removed).

The proposals will also impact those who dispose of trade waste at the sites. The proposals include three options for the disposal of trade waste.

Answer:

If you only visit the sites in a car, you will not be impacted by this.
If you visit the sites in a van, car with a trailer or any of the other vehicles in the list below, you will need to apply for a van permit. We are currently consulting on how many visits a permit would allow per year.

Vehicles that will require a permit
Van
Car with a trailer
Pick-up truck
Camper van
Vehicles with more than 8 seats (or where seats and fittings have been removed).
Answer:

Van permits are for Staffordshire Residents only. As a business you will need to pay to dispose of trade waste. The outcome of the consultation will determine which HWRC sites will accept trade waste.

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