Vehicle part recycling and disposal

Special arrangements with charges have been introduced for vehicle parts, which are not classified as household waste, to be accepted at 10 recycling sites: Bridgwater, Chard, Frome, Highbridge, Minehead, Street, Taunton, Wellington, Williton, and Yeovil.

Item charges: Vehicle part recycling and disposal (not open to traders) (pdf 98kb). Valid from 4 April 2016.

This service is open to members of the public bringing in domestically-generated vehicle parts. Businesses, including traders dealing in vehicle parts, are excluded from using these facilities. There is no restriction on the quantity of vehicle parts accepted on site or the number of visits to dispose of vehicle parts. Deposited parts become the property of sites operator Viridor and are not available for purchase or “swapping”.

On arrival with chargeable items or materials, site visitors should contact a staff member before unloading, show them the items or materials, pay with cash, cheque or credit or debit card, and obtain and retain a receipt.

These vehicle parts cannot be accepted at any recycling site, because they contain small explosive charges: airbags, items containing airbags – from steering wheels and dashboards to seats and upholstery – and seat belt tensioners or belt assemblies containing tensioners.

Items that contain or could contain asbestos – e.g. brake pads, clutch assemblies – can be accepted as a vehicle part, see price list for applied charges. Such items must be double bagged in plastic and sealed before being taken to one of seven sites that accept asbestos (call site in advance to check space is available): Bridgwater (Saltlands), Frome, Highbridge, Minehead, Street, Taunton (Priorswood), and Yeovil.

Before being brought to one of the 10 sites, items that could contain fuel, water, lubricants or other fluids – e.g. brake lines or cylinders, fuel pumps or heater water systems – must be fully drained, and any part that could hold an electrical charge, must be discharged.

All vehicles and persons using a site must adhere to the Visitor’s Health & Safety policy – ask Viridor staff for details – and customers MUST take reasonable steps to protect themselves and other users of the facilities, including supplying their own personal protective equipment & clothing, if necessary. Consider manual handling issues before taking heavy vehicle parts to a recycling centre. Recycling centre staff are not able to assist with the unloading or moving particularly heavy items.

Item charges: Vehicle part recycling and disposal (not open to traders) (pdf 98kb). Valid from 4 April 2016.