Decision details

Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) Consultation Feedback, Policy Changes, Re-use and HWRC Network Improvements to Date

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To agree to the Household Waste Recycling Centres policy changes following the outcome of the consultation, and to note progress on re-use and improvements made to the HWRC network since the service was brought in-house



“We are committed to providing an efficient and effective HWRC network for Staffordshire residents.


The proposed changes aim to address the issue of queuing on HWRC sites due to trade waste vehicles taking space and considerable time to offload waste.


We have listened to what people had to say and believe permits for residents with vans or trailers and only accepting trade waste within Staffordshire will be the best to make sure households can dispose of their waste quickly and efficiently. There will be no change to Staffordshire residents disposing of waste in cars and disposal of non-chargeable items will remain the same for both residents requiring and not requiring permits.”


Simon Tagg, Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change


Reasons for the Decision – To consider policy changes to control the use of the Council’s HWRC network and minimise both operational and financial pressures and to reflect operational changes since the network came in-house.


Decision – (a) That the feedback from the public consultation which have informed recommended HWRC Policy changes be noted.


(b) That the recommended HWRC Policy changes be approved.


(c) That the Waste and Sustainability Service be authorised to implement the HWRC Policy changes and any legislative changes to be made to HWRC Policies


(d) That the Director of Economy, Infrastructure and Skills, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Environment, Infrastructure and Climate Change, be authorised to implement a new re -use competition process to put in place an operational model that provides a service to the residents of Staffordshire County Council for implementation from April 2024.


(e) That the improvements made to date on the HWRC network be noted.


(f) That the Cabinet’s thanks be extended to staff at the HWRCs for the improvements they have made which have led to increased customer satisfaction levels.

Report author: Tim Cooper

Publication date: 18/05/2023

Date of decision: 17/05/2023

Decided at meeting: 17/05/2023 - Cabinet

Effective from: 24/05/2023

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