Tens of thousands of people have joined the rush to register for Kirklees’ tips.

The clamour to be registered follows an angry response to a controversial new scheme with new rules for certain vehicles which was launched last month.

To be allowed to visit any of Kirklees five waste and recycling centres, residents must now register their vehicle via the council’s website.

And it appears many have decided they have to get on the new list.

Staff have been handing out leaflets about the system at the area’s five recycling centres, which is thought to have contributed to longer waits than normal.

Last Sunday, people visiting the Thornhill Lees site were stuck in unusually long lines with cars snaking all the way back to the main road into Dewsbury.

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A council spokesperson said: “Over 36,000 people have now registered their cars to use Kirklees’ Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC).

“Our HWRC sites are always busy at the weekends, especially in the summer, any queues are unlikely to be in relation to the introduction of the new digital permit system which does not come into force until 11 July 2016.

“Our HWRC staff are distributing flyers and answering queries at the sites but they are not actively encouraging people to register whilst on the site.”

The system will work by waste site staff checking the vehicle registration number on a tablet computer. As long as the vehicle is registered you’ll be able to unload your vehicle as soon as normal.

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People arrive at a centre without registering your vehicle after July 11 could be turned away.

But site staff will try to help people log on by using a smartphone with an internet connection.

One complaint is that van owners can only visit 12 times per year.

A council spokesman said: “We believe 12 visits represents a reasonable level of usage given the capacity of larger vehicles.

“We will also track the use of car permits to identify if they are being used abnormally and we will challenge these. Permits can be used as required i.e. all in one month or spread over the year so they can match the growing season.

“Anyone producing large volumes of garden waste may also want to consider home composting as this may be a cheaper long term solution. You can buy a subsidised composter online.”