LEEDS people could soon be carrying ID cards to be allowed to throw away their rubbish - in a bid to stop people from neighbouring cities dumping their waste here.
The city council wants to introduce a permit scheme which would mean only Leeds residents can use its recycling centres.
Neighbouring authorities have already banned non-residents from using their sites, it is claimed.
A Leeds City Council watchdog panel was told that the council currently spends around £90,000 a year on disposing of recyclables and bulky waste left by residents of other cities.
A report to the panel said: “A resident permit scheme will be introduced which will allow only Leeds residents to access Leeds City Council’s Household Waste sites without a charge.
“This is a scheme the council is having to introduce as a result of all its neighbouring authorities having implemented similar schemes.”
Neil Evans, the council’s director of the environment and housing, told the panel it was with “regret” that the permit idea was being introduced.
“We have tried to talk to neighbouring authorities but they all have their own permit schemes and refuse to allow our residents in,” he said.
“So we have effectively become a net importer of other cities’ waste.”
However the report to the panel also warned the scheme could potentially have a counterproductive effect on Leeds’s recycling targets - and its subsequent landfill tax bill.
The YEP reported last year that Leeds is now regularly recycling FOUR times as much of its waste as it was a decade ago and the city is well on its way to hitting – and beating – Government targets.