Household recycling centres and waste permits

When you need a waste permit

Most people do not need a permit to dispose of their household waste. You only need a permit to visit a site if you are:

  • disposing of asbestos in any vehicle
  • using a commercial vehicle
  • using a trailer bigger than 0.9m x 1.2m
  • on foot
Apply for a waste permit

Permits are only used for household waste. If you are a trader, business or charity our business and charity waste service.

Vehicles not allowed into recycling centres

For safety and capacity reasons these vehicles are not allowed into any site:

  • a vehicle with more than 4 wheels
  • a vehicle weighing more than 7.5 tonnes
  • a trailer larger than 2.4m long x 1.8m wide, up to 60cm high with a cover and excluding tow bar
  • a vehicle with a tipper or tail lift mechanism
  • horseboxes
  • tractors

Our sites are not fitted with height barriers but staff will turn away residents who arrive in the above vehicles.

Waste left outside recycling centre gates

Leaving waste outside the gates is fly-tipping. Anyone caught will be liable for prosecution.

Each site has CCTV for site security, health and safety of the public and operatives.

Sites also have automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras to investigate fly-tipping and suspected traders depositing waste free of charge. The cameras also help monitor site usage and develop our services.

Find your nearest household recycling centre.