Council officers have warned the costs of disposing waste at Denbighshire’s recycling centres could go up by £100,000 a year.
From next Monday (1st August), local residents will have to provide proof that they live in the county if they want to use the recycling parks in Rhyl, Denbigh and Ruthin. Anyone living in other counties – including neighbouring Conwy and Flintshire – will be turned away.
Denbighshire County Council said the moved had been prompted by a dramatic increase in non-recyclable waste passing through the three sites.
The cabinet’s lead member for environment, Councillor David Smith, said: ”This decision has not been taken lightly and we do not wish to discourage any Denbighshire residents from using the centres. We have seen a marked increase in the number of people living in neighbouring counties making use of the facilities, to such an extent that it is adding additional costs to the taxpayers of Denbighshire.”
”That is unsustainable and we need to protect the public purse. That is why we are introducing the new way of working, to discourage those living outside of the county from using facilities which are there for local people.”
Notices about the changes will be put up at the three centres before the new policy is introduced.