From 1 April, Poole residents who own a van will need a permit to use the household waste recycling centre (HWRC) at Nuffield Road.
By introducing a permit scheme for privately owned vans, Borough of Poole is looking to reduce waste disposal costs and to reduce the illegal use of the facility by commercial operators.
It is estimated that the cost of disposing waste delivered to the HWRC in vans may be costing Poole Residents £162,000 a year in disposal costs.
Cllr Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole, Borough of Poole, said: “A significant number of the visits made to the HWRC are by commercial vehicles with the intent of disposing waste generated by commercial activity. The cost of disposing this waste is currently being met by Poole Council tax payers.
“Disposing of commercial waste in this way is illegal. Commercial vans can continue to use the Commercial Waste Disposal Site located next to the HWRC, where there is a minimum charge of 100kg in weight.”
The van permit scheme is free for Poole residents whose only vehicle is a small van or pick up and it can be used up to 6 times a year with no expiry date from the date of issue. Permits will be issued within 4 working days from application and can be collected from the Information Point at the HWRC.
To apply for a permit online or for more information visit www.poole.gov.uk/nuffield or call 01202 261700.