From Saturday 1 February, residents visiting re3 recycling centres will be required to present proof of residency, as the previous windscreen stickers will no longer be accepted.
The re3 windscreen stickers were introduced in 2016 to enable staff to positively identify residents. They were issued to over 180,000 households but residents who had either moved to the area after this date or lost their permit had to bring an alternative proof of residency instead.
As the windscreen permits are now being used by fewer visitors, and to prevent the cost of reprinting and distributing new permits, residents will now need to present commonly held documents as proof of residency.
Acceptable forms of ID as of Saturday 1 February are:
- driving licence
- current council tax bill
- utility bill, bank or credit card statement (issued no more than 4 months prior to the date of visit)
- e+ card
- photocard bus pass issued by a re3 council
- valid blue badge or residents’ parking permit issued by a re3 council
In a joint statement with Reading Borough Council and Wokingham Borough Council, Cllr Mrs Dorothy Hayes MBE, Executive Member for the Environment and Chairman of the Joint Waste Disposal Board said:
“The residency checks are crucial to make sure that residents are not paying via their council tax for the disposal of waste from visitors outside the re3 area. We’re thankful to all residents who use our fantastic facilities regularly and we estimate that majority of them are already using commonly held documents to demonstrate their address, rather than windscreen stickers.
“This type of residency check is very efficient and much more cost-effective as there is no need to re-issue stickers on a regular basis. Unfortunately, we’ve also noted cases of fake permits being presented by visitors, which has made them less and less reliable.”
Recycling centres at Longshot Lane Bracknell, and Smallmead Island Road, are being visited by almost 800,000 visitors each year. re3 residents are welcome to use either recycling centre to recycle and dispose of a wide range of items including garden waste, glass, wood or electricals items. More information on what can be disposed of can be found on the re3 website.