Limits on commercial-type vehicles at recycling centres
In April 2021, we introduced limits on commercial-type vehicles using recycling centres. As of the 1st of August the following limits apply:
- Visits to recycling centres in vans, pick-ups, minibuses or trailers are limited to 24 visits per year
- Pick-ups towing trailers are limited to 12 visit per year
- Car derived vans towing trailers are limited to 12 visits per year
We have simplified the categories and MPV’s and 4x4’s are no longer used. MPV’s should book in as cars and 4x4’s should book in as their vehicle type: a car, pick-up or van.
Cars, estate cars, people carriers, domestic style pick-up and mobility adapted vehicles that is, any vehicle that has been adapted to suit the needs of individuals with disabilities) have unlimited access to recycling centres, unless they tow a trailer or a horse box.
Trailers must be 10ft (3m) or shorter in length and be towed by a car, mobility adapted vehicle, car derived van or domestic style pick-up. Please note that you cannot tow a trailer or a horse box with a large van or minibus.
Commercial type pick-ups such as flat beds cannot deposit waste at recycling centres.
Householders are not permitted to use vehicles over 3.5 tonnes or with more than 4 wheels, tippers, plant vehicles and trailers over 10ft (3m) in length for taking materials to recycling centres.
The limits on visits by commercial-type vehicles will help create space for more recyclable materials at recycling centres by preventing businesses from using recycling centres.
The limits will be applied automatically when you book your visit.
On this page you can find out more about the scheme:
- Why we introduced the limits
- How the limits work
- How we will keep you updated
- Recycling centre permits frequently asked questions (pdf 239KB)
- Recycling centre policy (pdf 388KB)
- Recycling centre procedure (pdf 469KB)
The limits have been introduced to move business waste away from recycling centres. This will allow centres to create more space for new recyclable materials, improving the service for householders.
Some businesses currently take their waste to the household recycling centres free of charge. The cost of disposing of business waste taken to recycling centres is significant (estimated at £0.5 million per year) and is paid for by taxpayers. The limits are one of the measures to prevent this from happening.
Businesses can instead use the council’s waste transfer stations, where they will pay by weight for their recycling and non-recyclable waste.
The limits will be applied automatically on a rolling 4 week basis, or annual from April to March, depending on the type of vehicle you are booking in.
A household can use vehicles under both rules, for example they have 24 visits in a year for visiting recycling centres using commercial-type vehicles (such as vans, minibuses, trailers up to 10ft in length and hire vans) and unlimited visits using non-commercial type vehicles (such as cars, estate cars, people carriers, domestic style pick-up or mobility-adapted vehicles).
The year for the 24 visits by commercial-type vehicles runs from 1st April to 31st March
Community groups requiring access to recycling centres should contact their local Community Waste Officer by emailing email@example.com to discuss options.
The scheme applies at all 15 recycling centres run by the council.