Waste and Recycling

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR)


To deter traders from attempting to abuse the permit scheme by accessing sites in non commercial-type vehicles such as cars, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology is in use at all of our HWRCs. Traders, by the nature of their work, tend to visit the sites much more frequently than householders and ANPR will be able to recognise these most frequent users.

If you would like to know more about our ANPR system and how we use it, please choose from the questions below.


What is ANPR ?

ANPR is a form of CCTV that is commonly used to enforce traffic regulations by monitoring vehicle number plates, for example on toll bridges. It can also be used at public facilities (e.g. Recycling Centres) to log vehicle registrations as they enter sites. The system will be used to support our commercial-type vehicle permit scheme by recognising very frequent site users who are likely to be traders attempting to evade the commercial-type vehicle permit scheme by using non-commercial vehicles such as cars. It can also provide valuable traffic count data. ANPR cameras are fixed to one position to record only vehicle number plates and do not record images of sites/people like regular CCTV.   

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Why are you using ANPR?

The system will be used to support existing trade waste controls by deterring traders who are attempting to evade the permit scheme by accessing the sites in non commercial-type vehicles, such as cars. Traders, by the nature of their work, tend to visit the sites much more frequently than householders and ANPR will be able to recognise the most frequent users. ANPR can also be used to identify periods of peak use so we know when to put more staff on sites, and provide traffic count data to help plan replacement sites in the future.

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What other bodies will have access to this information?

Information collected by ANPR will not be used by Hampshire County Council for any purpose other than those listed above, although it may be shared with organisations such as the Environment Agency on request for the purpose of investigating breaches of regulations governing the carriage and disposal of waste.

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What happens to the data once it has been recorded?

Data is transferred from sites to a central server. A member of Hampshire County Council staff will be able to access the data to establish the most frequent site users, who are likely to be trade users. The registrations of genuine householders are unlikely to be viewed by officers in this respect as it is only data regarding the most frequent users which will be of relevance.  

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What happens once ANPR identifies someone as a frequent user?

Hampshire County Council will write to the most frequent users to advise that HWRCs are for household use only with evidence of their usage. Experience from other authorities suggests that most traders are deterred from using the sites after this initial contact. We do recognise that sometimes householders will need to use the sites more frequently than usual, for example after a house move. This is not the kind of usage which we want to target, but rather sustained high usage over a significant period of time which would indicate disposal of trade waste. If we incorrectly contact householders who are disposing of large amounts of their own household waste we will ask them to get in touch so that our records can be amended.

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How long will be information be stored?

Data collected by ANPR will be retained electronically for the purposes of controlling trade waste on a central server for up to twelve months. Only the most frequent users will be contacted by Hampshire County Council, and in these circumstances copies of correspondence will be stored for no longer than two years.

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How do the cameras work?

ANPR only recognises number plates and does not record images of site users or waste being deposited. Only the most frequent users, who are likely to be traders, will be contacted by Hampshire County Council. We recognise that sometimes householders need to use the sites a number of times in a short period and then not again for some time, for example after a house move and it is unlikely that this will be identified as frequent use as this is not the kind of usage which we want to target, but rather sustained high usage over a significant period of time which would indicate disposal of trade waste. ANPR is not intended to affect genuine householders using the sites to dispose of their own household waste.

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I need to use the sites a lot because I have a big garden!

ANPR is not intended to affect genuine householders using the sites to dispose of their own household waste. We recognise that there will be occasions when householders will have a genuine reason for producing higher than average amounts of waste, and this will be accommodated where appropriate. If you do find you need to use the sites more frequently, we can help by suggesting alternative disposal options, or may offer to visit you at home to assess the quantities of waste being produced.

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Find out more

Read our ANPR Code of Practice