Changes will come into effect from October
Resource Efficient Solutions, which operates Fife Council’s Recycling Centres, is implementing changes in how the facilities are operated from 3 October 2016.
It says these changes are designed to improve access to the centres for householders and to ensure full cost recovery for business waste.
Chris Ewing, chief executive officer of RES, said: “We are committed to improving our recycling and waste disposal services for the people of Fife.
“Legitimate users of recycling centres can experience delays because all our waste containers are full, and the changes we are planning will address this.
“We estimate that the under recovery of income from commercial waste disposed of at our Recycling Centres costs the Council up to £500,000 year.
“This is money that could otherwise be spent on essential services. The changes should help to address this, too.”
Changes for householders delivering waste in vans and trailers
From 3 October, householders using cars will be able to access the sites as they do now. There is no change.
To minimise the risk of misuse of sites by traders who claim to be depositing household waste, householders who want to bring waste in vans or trailers will be asked to book in advance.
This can be done by calling the Recycling Helpline before 4pm (lines open 8am – 6pm) Tel: 03451 55 00 22.
Once the booking is made, the householder will be given a reference number to be presented on arrival at site.
The new booking arrangements for van and trailers for household waste will be kept under review, and may be modified in the light of user feedback and operational impact.
Changes for commercial waste/ businesses
From 3 October, the following changes will be implemented for commercial customers:
The disposal of commercial waste will be limited to sites at Dunfermline, Thornton and St Andrews.
A new charging regime will be implemented based on a payment per load, replacing the current Recycling Permits.
The changes for commercial waste are to ensure that the full cost of dealing with this material is recovered, and to ensure that Resource Efficient Solutions and its customers meet their legal obligations in relation to waste management.