An aerial view of Pyms Lane Household Waste Recycling Centre in Crewe

Digital waste permits save time and money

We’ve introduced a new digital service which allows you to apply online for a digital waste permit – saving time and council resources.

We have a permit scheme so that residents who drive a van, pickup, commercial type 4x4 or use a trailer may use their vehicle to dispose of their household waste at our household waste recycling centres.

Previously, waste permit applications were paper based and would once have been a drain on staff resources. But once you’ve applied online, you can now have a permit sent to you immediately by email with a barcode.

A Cheshire East Council digital waste permit displayed on a mobile phone

The permit can then be presented on smartphones to household waste and recycling centre staff for them to scan. It’s that simple.

The scheme helps us to prevent the illegal disposal of commercial waste. Each digital permit is valid for six months and can be used for up to six visits. The old permits, which were only issued by post and took three days to arrive, are being phased out.

We manage more than 10,000 waste permit applications per year, which previously meant 60,000 individual waste permits were printed and posted each year.

Apply for a household waste permit.