Van, pick-up, trailer? Apply here for a site permit

UPDATE: New recycling site measures aim to cut congestion, exclude out-of-county visitors, tackle illegal commercial users, improve services, maintain efficiency and enhance safety. For a swift, smooth, safe visit:

  • Permit always clearly visible on dashboard (pass to staff if requested for checking).
  • Permits access all open sites any weekday and 1pm-4pm Saturday (not Sunday or 8am-1pm Saturday).
  • “Van” permit is for van, car-derived van or pick-up, including Land Rover pick-up. If towed by van or pick-up, no trailer can access sites.
  • “Trailer” permit is for single-axle trailer, up to three-metre floor length, towed by car.
  • Multi-axle trailers, or those over three-metre floor length, cannot access sites.
  • Permits applications only for Somerset residential addresses and household waste.

Hire vehicle drivers: check here. Commercial users: check here. Land Rover drivers: check here. See below and links for full details.

New recycling site measures aim to cut congestion, improve services and enhance safety.

With Somerset’s rising population, increasing numbers of vehicles and growing levels of waste, figures for visits to its 16 recycling sites have jumped by 400,000 in the past few years to well over 1.5 million annually.

To help ensure swift, smooth and safer visits to Somerset’s sites, the very largest trucks and trailers no longer have access so most users are not held up or put at risk by heavily laden or hard-to-manoeuvre vehicles.

Those coming in from nearby counties with vans, pick-ups or trailers, who add to Somerset council taxpayers’ costs, must now use their own recycling sites.

Commercial customers, already limited to 10 sites taking paid-for waste, have further restrictions to ensure they do not hold up local residents.

To manage traffic at the busiest times, a small proportion of residents bringing in household waste need to apply online to get a free, easy-to-use permit for their trailer, van or pick-up.

Trailers towed by cars need a free permit. Trailers cannot be towed into recycling sites by vans or pick-ups, including Land Rover pick-ups, and permits applications for trailers with vans or pick-ups are not be accepted. Multi-axle trailers cannot access sites.

The vast majority of residents who bring their household waste in cars without trailers, including estates, 4x4s, people carriers and campervans, need no permit.

Click here to order your free van or trailer permit.
Check pictograms of affected vehicles and trailers, including Land Rovers.
Check the FAQs of the new rules and permit system.
Check how this affects business users with trade waste.

Somerset is responding to residents’ demands about queues and site entry controls, and catching up with moves by neighbouring authorities and others across the UK.

All nearby councils already have restrictions, either based on vehicle size or where customers live.

Surveys of Somerset residents show an 87% satisfaction rating for recycling sites; but a majority want controls or bans on large vehicles and out-of-county visitors.

The least busy times at recycling sites are likely to be the first hour or two of weekday opening, or 4pm-7pm at the 11 sites open later on Mondays. Car drivers without trailers may prefer to use open sites on weekdays or Saturdays 8am-1pm and at any time Sundays, as those with permits have site access 1pm-4pm Saturdays (not Sundays or 8am-1pm Saturdays) as well as open sites every weekday.

Click here to order your free van or trailer permit.
Check pictograms of affected vehicles and trailers, including Land Rovers.
Check the FAQs of the new rules and permit system.
Check how this affects business users with trade waste.

To confirm, you ARE NOT affected if you go to recycling sites with only a car without a trailer – saloon, estate, 4×4, people carrier, campervan – to drop off household waste though you may well  prefer to avoid Saturday afternoons.

You ARE affected if you used to take household waste to a recycling site using a: van over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight, minibus over over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight, box van, Luton van, agricultural vehicle, horse box, trailer over three metres internal length or with multiple axles/two or more wheels on each side, any size of van towing any size of trailer, or any size of pick-up – including Land Rover pick-up – towing any size of trailer.  These vehicles or combination of vehicles and trailers can no longer enter recycling sites to drop off household waste.

You MUST HAVE a free permit, obtainable online, if you use a van of up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight, a pick-up (including Land Rover pick-up), or a single-axle trailer of up to three metre floor length towed by a car to take in household waste.  Permits allow recycling site use on weekdays when sites are open and 1pm-4pm on Saturdays from Monday 3 October. Only one van permit and/or one trailer permit is allocated per household.  Vans or pick-ups towing trailers are not allowed access to sites. There are no exceptions to this condition. Click here to order your free van or trailer permit.

If you are a business user, you do NOT need a permit to start or continue using the 10 recycling sites that take paid-for trade waste but you must check here for details of site access and vehicle changes.

Click here to order your free van or trailer permit.
Check the picture list of vehicles and trailers affected.
Check the FAQs of the new rules and permit system.
Check how this affects business users with trade waste.

The best way to ensure you are up to date about waste services, including recycling site vehicles rules, is to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter, Sorted.

This will have the latest details, information on how to apply for a free permit, and advice for those depositing paid-for commercial waste, as well as news of any other changes that may affect you.

Sign up to our e-newsletter Info

CAPTCHA