Van and trailer permits

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.
  • Application email confirmation (check in-box and spam folder) printed or on phone is temporary pass.

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

DO YOU NEED A PERMIT? AND HOW TO APPLY

To cut recycling site congestion, improve services and enhance safety, there are new measures about which vehicles and trailers can use recycling sites.

Somerset’s rising population, increasing numbers of vehicles and growing levels of waste mean recycling site visit have jumped 400,000 in recent years to more than 1.5 million annually. Large vehicles create more congestion while those coming from neighbouring countries add to queues and council tax costs.

Most customers’ vehicles – cars, including saloons, estates, 4x4s, people carriers, campervans – not towing a trailer, do NOT need any permit and can continue to use recycling sites exactly as before for household waste. Trailers towed into sites by cars will need a free permit.

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, a 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 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 need a free permit if, for taking household waste to a recycling site, you use a van of up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight (GVW), a pick-up (including Land Rover pick-up), or a single-axle trailer of up to three metre floor length towed by a car.

Click here to order your free van or trailer permit (Somerset addresses only, 10 working days delivery).
Check pictograms of vehicles and trailers affected, including Land Rovers, at Permitted Vehicles page.
Check the frequently asked questions about the new measures and how the permit system will work.
Check the van and trailer permit terms and conditions, and the data terms and conditions.
Check how the new measures and permit system will affect business users with paid-for trade waste.

Vans towing trailers and pick-ups – including Land Rover pick-ups – towing trailers cannot access to sites. There are no exceptions to this condition. Multi-axle trailers cannot access sites. There are no exceptions to this condition.

Permits allow use at open sites on weekdays and 1pm-4pm on Saturdays.  Permits are only available at Somerset residential addresses.

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 check here for details of access and vehicle changes.

Click here to order your free van or trailer permit (Somerset addresses only, 10 working days delivery).
Check pictograms of vehicles and trailers affected, including Land Rovers, at Permitted Vehicles page.
Check the frequently asked questions about the new measures and how the permit system will work.
Check the van and trailer permit terms and conditions, and the data terms and conditions.
Check how the new measures and permit system will affect business users with paid-for trade waste.

The best way to ensure you are up to date about waste services, includingthe permit scheme and other measures, 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. You can sign up during the permit application or here, below.

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