31 March
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Council Executive have approved plans to allow vans and trailers to use the five community recycling centres across West Lothian at weekends for a six-month test period.

Vans and trailers are currently only permitted to use the sites on weekdays and must book
a timeslot in advance. Weekends are the busiest times for recycling centres, and the additional waste brought by larger vehicles could increase delays for householders at busy times.

A new booking system is being put in place to control use of the centres and prevent potential abuse by commercial vehicles and those from outside West Lothian.  Limits are expected to be placed on the number of visits larger vehicles can make per year, and what times they can go, in line with the measures in place in other council areas. 

Full details of the scheme will be made available before the scheme launches later this year.

Head of Operational Services Jim Jack said: "The six-month trial of larger vehicles at recycling centres over the weekends will allow us to look at the optimal service for all users.

"If successful, we hope a permanent scheme can be put in place to support local households who use vans and trailers for domestic purposes."

Community Recycling Centres