Free permits, allowing access to all Somerset recycling sites, were introduced for certain vehicles from Monday 3 October 2016 (with some changes from 30 June 2017 after a review of the first six months’ operation) to tackle a range of problems at sites. As long as you have your permit displayed they do not limit time or frequency of visit, or which site you choose. Congestion, out-of-county visitors and illegal commercial waste have created problems for customers at recycling sites, put safety and efficiency at risk, and driven up operating costs. Permits help tackle this by reducing congestion, improving services and enhancing safety. Similar schemes have been introduced in many other local authorities including all of Somerset’s neighbouring authorities in North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Wiltshire.