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Permit system introduced at bring sites to cut waste and meet targets

By Greg Pitcher

Northumberland has jumped straight into the monumental task of reducing its waste growth from 5% per year to 1% in 2015.

The county council was awarded £34 million by the Government just two weeks ago under a private finance initiative to increase its recycling rate and reduce its waste.

The majority of that money will be invested in building a state-of-the-art materials recycling facility but this will take time to pay dividends.

So the council is wasting no time in upgrading many of its household waste centres and has introduced a permit scheme at these.

People can no longer dump waste at the bring sites from commercial vehicles without a permit proving it is personal waste.

This should save Northumberland £135,000 in 2004/5 as well as cutting out the 20% of waste left at such sites that is estimated to be illegally dumped by businesses.

Director of environment Harry Fawcett said: Tackling abuse at these sites and growth in the amount of waste having to be dealt with is a key objective for local authorities.

In 2003 the county council and the six district councils agreed a joint waste strategy that includes actions to reduce waste growth.

The permit scheme forms an integral part of the action plan to achieve the waste reduction target, and the cost of implementing and administering the scheme is being met by a Government grant.

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