A new tip permit scheme due to come into force in Kirklees today appears to have been put on hold – because of technical difficulties.
People turning up at Huddersfield’s Emerald Street recycling centre were left confused over the changes.
Last week the Examiner reported that 58,000 vehicles had been registered to use Kirklees waste tips under a controversial new scheme.
To be allowed to visit any of Kirklees’ five household waste and recycling centres, residents must now register their vehicle in a simple process via the council’s website.
But there appeared to be teething troubles with the new system as residents with permits were not showing up on the tablet computers used by staff.
Katarzyna Pokrywka, 25, who has recently opened a new restaurant, The Polish Corner, in Huddersfield town centre, said: “I have not got a permit and I’ve not been asked for one.”
Jean Wright who has just moved house from Linthwaite to Newsome and is using the site frequently said: “I have a permit but I have not been asked for anything today.”
David Crosfield, a 65-year-old, retired machine metal worker from Waterloo, said about the scheme: “I’m a keen gardener so I use this place regularly.
“I was a bit shocked at the introduction of this scheme at first but I got my son to input my details and I’ve only ever had good experiences here.
“The staff here are always very helpful. Last time I came a young lad helped me put my waste in the skips.”
And Ian Clegg emailed the Examiner on Friday morning to say: “Having visited the Huddersfield waste recycling centre to be informed that my vehicle had not registered for an e-permit I questioned whether or not the system that goes live on Monday was actually up and running as I had registered my vehicle on May 25 and even had with me my permit number that I had made a note of when I had received confirmation of registration.
“The attendant was unsure and telling other members of the public they had not registered either, of which they all said they had and one even producing his copy of confirmation when he had first registered.”
The Examiner has contacted the recycling centre operators, Suez Waste Management and Kirklees Council and are awaiting a response.
The new system is being introduced to tackle abuse of Kirklees’ waste tips by tradesmen.
Council leader Clr David Sheard said the new scheme would mean that only people living in Kirklees could use the recycling centres and trade waste was kept out.