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Bath permits recycling savings

A permit scheme that prevents residents outside a local authority area using recycling centres could save around £60,000 a year, according to Bath and North East Somerset Council.

Since the scheme was launched last month around 22,000 electronic permits have been issued to Bath and North East Somerset residents allowing them access to three recycling centres at Bath, Keynsham and Old Welton.

People living outside the area will no longer be able to use the centres. The council estimated it was costing £60,000 a year to process recycling from outside the area.

A council spokesperson said: “Some neighbouring authorities have already adopted similar schemes and it is also hoped that the permits will reduce queuing times for residents at the centres. A Discovery Card can also be used as proof of residency.”

Councillor David Dixon, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “The council is continuing to proactively enforce the new system and if residents try to enter one of the centres without a permit, staff will inform them how to become authorised.

“The permit scheme is an important way of the council protecting frontline services for the public by becoming more financially efficient.”

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