Recycling site vehicle and trailer permits – do you need one?

To cut recycling site congestion, improve services and enhance safety, there are new measures from Monday 3 October about which vehicles and trailers can use recycling sites.

With Somerset’s rising population, increasing numbers of vehicles and growing levels of waste, visits to recycling sites have jumped 400,000 in the past few years to 1.5 million annually. Large vehicles create more congestion while those coming from neighbouring countries add to queues and council tax costs while contributing nothing.

Most customers’ vehicles – cars, including saloons, estates, 4x4s, people carriers, campervans – not towing a trailer, will NOT need any permit and can continue to use recycling sites exactly as before for household waste. The only change you should notice is fewer delays.

You will need a free permit if, for taking household waste to a recylcing site, you use a van of up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight (GVW), a pick-up, or a trailer of three metres internal length or less with a single axle.  Permits allow use at open sites on weekdays and 1pm-4pm on Saturdays.  Permits are only available to those living in Somerset. Click here to order your free van or trailer permit.

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

You WILL be affected if you take household waste to a recyling site using a: van over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight, box (Luton) van, agricultural vehicle, box trailer, horse box, trailer over three metres internal length or with multiple axles/two or more wheels on each side, or any size of van towing any size of trailer.  From Monday 3 October, these vehicles or combination of vehicles and trailers will no longer be able to enter recycling sites to drop off household waste.

If you are a business user, you will 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 from Monday 3 October.

Click here to order your free van or trailer permit (Somerset addresses only, 10 working days delivery).
Check the picture list of vehicles and trailers affected at the Permitted Vehicles guidance page.
Check the frequently asked questions about the new measures and how the permit system will work.
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 of the scheme, information on how, when and where 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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