Height restrictions at household waste recycling centres in Greater Manchester have been changed to accommodate taller vehicles.
Previously, the barriers were set at a height of 59 (175cm) to deter traders from abusing the sites which are funded through the council tax. The Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) said the height barriers have enabled it to significantly reduce this abuse.
However, the GMWDA has now decided to raise barrier restrictions to 61 (185.5cm) in recognition of taller consumer vehicles such as people carriers.
GMWDA chairman Neil Swannick said: We have taken on board views from residents and have raised the bar to give more of an opportunity to recycle while maintaining the authoritys ability to provide a physical deterrent to traders, the majority of whom use vans or larger commercial vehicles.
Image: Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority chairman Neil Swannick with a new 61 (185.5cm) sign.