I'll be emailing the council to express my displeasure about this. Certainly they should put their current policy on their website, to save people a wasted trip. I'd like to see them accept recycling that's been brought in on foot; I can understand if they don't want people wandering around in the path of heavy vehicles, but they could have a small area near the gates set aside for this (on the grounds that people won't be able to carry huge amounts), then have one of their own vehicles moving it around inside whenever the area fills up. And ideally, they'd actually offer some kind of collection on the street, so that I can just separate my rubbish into two piles and then put the relevant bags/boxes outside my front door.
Oh well, it was good exercise I suppose.