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Hertfordshire and Essex confirm reciprocal arrangements for recycling centres

News / Mon 4th Dec 2023 at 01:35pm


ESSEX County Council and Hertfordshire County Council are pleased to confirm that current reciprocal arrangements enabling residents to access recycling centre services are being maintained. 

This agreement follows the announcement earlier in the year that Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) would be adopting a policy restricting access to non-residents at Hertfordshire’s network of 16 Recycling Centres.Discussions have taken place between HCC and Essex County Council since the announcement was made, with agreement being reached to allow for the reciprocal access.

From Friday 1 December 2023, Essex residents will need a digital permit and will only be permitted to use Bishops Stortford, Hoddesdon, Turnford and Ware Recycling Centres.

Hertfordshire residents wishing to use Essex Recycling Centres will need to make a booking in advance.To register for an instant, annual permit free of charge, Essex residents will need to visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/recyclingcentrepermits.To make a booking to visit an Essex County Council recycling centre, Essex and Hertfordshire residents will need to visit www.loveessex.org/bookings.

Councillor Peter Schwier, Essex County Council’s Climate Czar and Cabinet Member for Environment, Waste Reduction and Recycling, said: “The council is committed to minimising the impact on the environment by supporting residents to reduce waste and increase the amounts recycled, so I’m pleased that we have been able to come to an agreement that enables residents from both counties to continue to be able to use a recycling centre that is close to where they live.”

Supporting residents to recycle as much as possible, as easily as they can, is key to our ambition to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions for Essex by 2050 and helping our communities and natural environment adapt and thrive as the climate changes.”Councillor Eric Buckmaster, Executive Member for The Environment at Hertfordshire County Council, said: “I’m pleased that Hertfordshire and Essex County Councils have been able to come to an agreement that enables residents from each county to continue using a recycling centre that is close to where they live.”

Like many other council-run services, our recycling centres are experiencing additional costs and it is only prudent that we look at all possible forms of mitigation for Hertfordshire taxpayers who are currently paying for waste being produced outside of Hertfordshire.”Resident only policies are commonplace across the region and country, with many of our nearest neighbours having had this policy in place for some time.”

For further information on Hertfordshire’s and Essex Recycling Centres visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/recyclingcentres  and www.loveessex.org/.
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2 Comments for Hertfordshire and Essex confirm reciprocal arrangements for recycling centres:

David Thompson
2023-12-04 21:02:00

But Hertfordshire will loose out on the arrangement because you do not need to book a slot at Herts recycle centres as you do at Essex recycle centres, so Essex residents will pop over to hoddesdon, sawbridgeworth or ware , rather than try and find a convenient slot.

David Thompson
2023-12-04 21:02:40

But Hertfordshire will loose out on the arrangement because you do not need to book a slot at Herts recycle centres as you do at Essex recycle centres, so Essex residents will pop over to hoddesdon, sawbridgeworth or ware , rather than try and find a convenient slot.

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