Changes to Household Waste Recycling Centres in January 2019

Archived news: published on Sunday 11 Nov 2018 by Fife Council

Fife Council’s Environment, Protective Services and Community Safety Committee has agreed some changes to commercial waste at the council’s recycling centres, that will start on 1 January 2019.

The new measures include changes to:

How commercial customers pay

  • A new cashless payment system, which is an online customer account. Business customers register online and top up their balance that is then used to pay for waste disposal on entering one of the council’s recycling centres that accepts commercial waste.  Charges are based on vehicle size, material type and fill level of vehicle / volume of waste.

    It is only residents wishing to dispose of commercial waste that need to register. Fife Council's video explains the process and how the new payment system works -
  • Commercial organisations can dispose of material at nine of Fife's household waste recycling centres. Seven Recycling Centres will operate a standard charge for accepting commercial waste - Dalgety Bay, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Lochgelly, Methil, Pittenweem and St Andrews. However, a reduced rate is available for customers able to deliver waste direct to Lochhead, Dunfermline, and Lower Melville Wood, Ladybank, landfill sites, as this lowers the need for additional haulage.
  • Further information on the new payment system will be published when available. No new Recycling Ticket applications are being accepted, and current customers will be the first to move across to the new payment system in February.  It will become available to all Fife-based customers in April 2019. 

Cllr Ross Vettraino, Convener of the Committee, said: "The new payment system for commercial customers is simple and easy to use. Customers register online and top up their balance, which is then used to pay for waste disposal on entering.

"Currently, accepting commercial waste service at the council’s household waste recycling centres is costing the council tax payers in Fife in excess of £1.5 million per annum. Unlike some other neighbouring local authorities, Fife Council wants to continue to assist local businesses, but this can only be done if full costs are recovered. These changes are ensuring that we're supporting our local businesses fairly."

How users access Recycling Centres with trailers

All customers in vehicles disposing of household waste using a trailer will be required to complete a declaration form and provide proof of address prior to disposing of any waste. 

Pedestian access will be restricted at Fife Council’s Recycling Centres from 1 January 2019.

Fife Council are also making a few other changes to access, including no wheeled bins and a restriction on maximum trailer length.  The Access Policy will be updated and the most up to date version is available here.

Find out more about the changes-

Ross J Vettraino OBE, Councillor 
Tel: 07852 330 044 Contact Ross J Vettraino OBE online
By Post: Fife council, Fife House North Street, Glenrothes,KY7 5LT
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