Now you must start showing your ID at recycling centres
BRISTOL residents wanting to take rubbish to city council-run tips will have to show ID and face a limit of one boot-load per week under a crackdown.
The council is introducing spot checks at recycling centres to make sure they are only used by householders who live in the city.
Council officials believe that one in every five users of the centres currently comes from outside Bristol to take advantage of the free, seven-day-a-week facilities.
People using the centres at Days Road in St Philip's or Kings Weston Lane in Avonmouth could be asked to show their driving licence, a utility bill or council tax bill to show they live in Bristol.
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There will also be restrictions on the amount of do-it-yourself and construction waste which can be taken to the centres. Householders will be limited to one car boot load or six 25kg bags per visit or per week, whichever is the least.
The new measures come into force on October 29.
Similar restrictions are already enforced at recycling centres in South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. A vehicle recognition system is used at North Somerset tips so that car owners can be identified on arrival.
Bristol sculptor Deborah Russell, from Montpelier, has condemned the new measures as "draconian".
She said: "This is simply a short-sighted drive to implement cuts.
"The danger here is that whilst removing the facility, the council cannot remove the need.
"Accordingly, it runs the risk of incurring greater expense in the clean-up operations that will surely be required to deal with the fly-tipping that will inevitably ensue.
"The council needs to think very carefully about the negative consequences of the draconian changes it plans to make at Days Road, not just for its householders, but for the city as a whole."
But Liberal Democrat cabinet councillor Gary Hopkins has said that it is unfair for Bristolians to foot the bill to deal with waste from outside the city.
He said: "Because all neighbouring councils restrict the use of their waste centres and the amount of waste they take, about ten per cent of waste brought to the centres is from outside Bristol.
"Bristol residents have had to foot the extra cost, which is unfair."
He said the new measures will save about £170,000 a year for other services.
Visits to the recycling centre in Days Road can reach more than 200 per hour at weekends.
The two recycling centres handle more than 33,000 tonnes of recyclables and waste each year.
According to official figures for last year, Bristol's recycling rates are higher than those of neighbouring councils.
Bristol reached 75.3 per cent, while Bath & North East Somerset was 71.8 per cent, North Somerset, 63 per cent and South Gloucestershire 58.7 per cent.
The council is spending £2 million on creating a third recycling centre in Hartcliffe Way to serve householders in South Bristol.
It will not open until 2014. When it does it will operate seven days a week and will be able to recycle 30 different types of waste.