Household waste permit

We have a household waste permit scheme so that residents who drive a van, pickup, commercial type 4x4 or use a trailer between 1.5 and 3.5 metres (internal length) may use their vehicle to dispose of their household waste at our  Household Waste Recycling Centres.

We consider a van to be:

  • any vehicle without side rear windows and / or rear seats
  • any flat back vehicle
  • any pick-up vehicle

We cannot accept trade, commercial or business waste, this includes landlords disposing of waste from rental properties.  We cannot accept waste if you have been paid to take it.

Apply for a household waste permit

We issue an online permit free of charge. Permits are only valid for the deposit of household waste.

The permit will be sent to your email account as soon as it approved. Usually this is at the time of submitting the application.

The permit holder must live at the address the household waste is from. You can add another name to your permit if someone is taking the household waste on your behalf, for example your partner, spouse or relative.

Your permit is valid for 6 months and can be used for up to 6 visits. You can apply for another permit 30 days before your permit expires.

If you need assistance to apply for a permit you can call our waste permits team on 0300 123 5011 between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Using your permit

Each time you visit a  Council Household Waste Recycling Centre with any sort of van, pickup, commercial type 4x4 or a trailer between 1.5 metres and 3.5 metres (internal length) you must show to attendants:

  • your permit - you can show this on your mobile phone
  • proof of address of the permit holder - this must be where the household waste is from. You can use a driving licence, current council tax bill or a utility bill no more than 3 months old as your proof of address

You will be refused entry to the centre if you arrive in one of these vehicles without a permit.

Check how often you have used your permit

You can see how often your permit has been used, how many visits remain on your permit and when your permit expires.

Check how often you have used your permit

Changing details on your permit

You can make changes to an existing household waste permit if you change your vehicle or your address.

Change details on your household waste permit

Can't find your permit

You can ask us to resend your permit by email.

Ask us to re-send a household waste permit

Legal regulations

We enforce and comply with:

Our staff make sure the Household Waste and recycling centre is safe and used appropriately. You could be refused access to the centre if you do not follow their instructions or the site rules. We do not tolerate abusive behaviour.

Page last reviewed: 19 May 2020