Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) is restricting access to recycling centres to residents only.
The new policy, which will apply to all 16 centres across the county, will be subject to a grace period of several weeks before active enforcement, to ensure that as many centre users as possible are made aware of the change and to allow for discussions with neighbouring authorities.
HCC says that the cost of service provision is rapidly increasing and the proportion of non-Hertfordshire residents using the sites in the county is in excess of 20 per cent (net) and rising.
Simon Aries, director of transport, waste and environment at HCC, said: “The decision taken is the start of the process, and we will now take steps as resources allow to implement this policy across our recycling centres.
“Like many other council-run services, our recycling centres are experiencing additional costs and it is only prudent that we look at all possible forms of mitigation for Hertfordshire taxpayers who are currently paying for waste arising outside of Hertfordshire. We anticipate that once the changes have bedded-in, restricting non-resident access will mean less traffic through our centres leading to an improved experience for our residents.
“Resident-only policies are commonplace across the region and country, with many of our nearest neighbours having had this policy in place for some time. We will now invite all neighbouring councils to dialogue on the potential reciprocal use of centres across borders.”