New waste disposal plans

Recycling-glassHarrow council is likely to introduce new arrangements for using the Harrow dump yard at the Forward Drive (formally known as Harrow Re-use and Recycling Centre).
The HRRC review report before the cabinet meeting on 13 July, recommends measures to seemingly raise money and reduce the number of vehicles visiting the site – 35,000 cars a month on the upper level and several hundred vans on the lower level, last year.
The report recommendations include that all Harrow residents produce proof of identification to demonstrate that they live in the borough in order to dispose of household waste free of charge.
The ID to be presented on entry could be a Council Tax Bill, a Bank Statement, an Electric, Gas or Water Bill or a Driving licence – no estimation of the inconvenience and delays that the identification procedures would cause.
The council is required to provide a place for residents in its area to deposit their household waste free of charge, although not obliged to accept other types of waste free of charge.
Along with the identification, Automatic Number Plate Recognition systems (ANPR) at the site will be used to help control and restrict unauthorised usage.
The other biting recommendation is that Harrow residents be prevented from disposing of non-household waste free of charge, including building waste resulting from construction or demolition works and home renovation works. This has serious implications for the residents who carry out DIY activities.
Where the disposal of waste resulting from household renovation projects could be permitted free of charge, it is restricted to a maximum of two bags of rubble or spoil per day – if more than this, the whole load be deemed non-household waste and becomes chargeable.
Repeat visits by residents disposing of small amounts of waste building materials will also result in a decision that the waste is non-household and therefore charges will be levied.
One wonders about the cost effectiveness of implementing these waste disposal measures, and the level of public inconvenience the new arrangements would cause.