|New electronic system for waste permits at recycling centres
Residents who use a trailer or van to take items to one of the three recycling centres across Wigan Borough will soon be able to download and print their own permit within hours under a new online permit scheme.
The scheme will launch in April when residents will be able to download a permit at any time of the day.
Currently residents have to apply by phone or email for a permit in advance and wait for it to arrive by post, which can take up to five working days. The printed permit will be scanned at the recycling centre and is being introduced as part of The Deal.
To save time at the recycling centre residents are asked to sort their waste before they arrive as this will ensure a smoother passage for everyone.
Currently only those residents who use a twin-axle trailer or van to take items to the centres require a permit - residents who use a car without a trailer don’t require one.
Residents are allowed one permit per month and it must have on it the address where the waste is coming from.
Trade waste is not permitted at any of the recycling centres, including waste from shops, landlords, property developers or businesses.
Paul Barton, assistant director for environment, said: “Our old system was time-consuming so as part of The Deal we want to improve things for our customers and help them to recycle more, recycle right. This new digital offer will mean residents can quickly obtain a permit 24/7 at a time that suits them.”
For more information about visiting the household recycling centres visit www.wigan.gov.uk/recycling