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Apply for a waste permit

If you use a van, certain types of commercial vehicles or a trailer, or if you wish to recycle inert waste you must apply for a free permit before you visit one of our recycling centres.
For more information see our access policy and inert waste webpages.

Permits are free to people living within the county council's boundaries.

Apply for a waste permit

All successful permit applications will be processed for printing and posted out on the next working day. Please allow up to 7 days to receive your permit.

A member of the Waste Management Group will contact you if there are any queries regarding your permit application.

Types of waste permits

There are three types of permits available to access our recycling centres:

Recyclable waste permit

This permit offers unlimited use of a recycling centre for a full calendar year to deliver the following types of recyclable rubbish:

  • Green garden waste
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Glass bottle and jars
  • Plastic bottles
  • Textiles, clothes and shoes
  • Cardboard
  • Drink cans and food tins
  • Carrier bags
  • Household batteries

The recycling centre attendant will not allow you to deposit any items not listed above. For all other types of rubbish you must obtain a general waste permit.

You must sign your recyclable waste permit and you will need to present it to a site attendant on request on each visit.

You can visit your nominated recycling centre as often as you wish in the nominated vehicle.

This type of permit cannot be used to deliver Inert Waste.

General waste permit

A general waste permit is issued for all other waste types of rubbish not covered by the inert waste or recyclable waste permit for example:

  • Asbestos
  • Furniture (sofa and armchairs, wardrobes)
  • Gas Bottles
  • Hard Plastics
  • Large Domestic Appliances (Cookers, Washing Machines, Tumble Dryers)
  • Non-recyclable waste (excessive bin waste)
  • Scrap Metal
  • Small Electrics
  • TV's and Monitors
  • Tyres
  • Wood

You can obtain a general waste permit for any of the types of rubbish accepted by the recycling centres. You can only take to the recycle centre the rubbish shown on your permit.

Each permit only allows one visit per calendar month to a recycling centre.

If you need more than one trip to the recycling centre in a calendar month, you can order up to three months permits at one time. Each permit will state which month it is valid for. However, you can use these permits for up to two months before and two months after the month stated on the permit.

For example, if you need to visit the recycling centre three times in a weekend in January, you can request a permit for January but also you can request permits for February and March in advance so you can use them in January instead.

If you don't need to make the extra trips to the recycling centre after all, you can either 

  • Return the unused permits to the waste management team at the address printed on the permit or hand it to a member of staff on site. We will delete the permit from your record.
  • Keep the permit and use it at a later date. Remember that permits are valid for two months after the month stated on the permit; for example a permit with a March date will still be valid until the end of May.

If you visit a recycling centre with a van towing a trailer (double or single axle) and there is waste in both the van and the trailer, you will need two permits. 

This type of permit cannot be used to deliver Inert Waste.

Inert waste

This permit allows an element of free disposal (up to 10 bags or items per calendar year) of inert waste by means of production of a permit; if you do not have a permit and you wish to recycle inert waste at the recycling centres you will have the option to use the 'Pay as you throw' service at the recycling centre.

This type of permit is required for ALL vehicles (including vans, pickups and twin axle trailers) wishing to recycle inert waste at our recycling centres.  If you are
wishing to deposit inert waste at any of our recycling centres you need to obtain a permit in advance of your visit. If you do not wish to obtain an Inert Waste permit you have the option of using the 'Pay-as-you-throw' service at the recycling centres.