Household Reuse and Recycling Centre and other recycling sites

Access to the recycling centre

Visiting by bicycle or on foot

From Sunday 9 December, the council is trialling access to the recycling centre by bicycle or on foot. Access will be from 1pm to 4pm on Sundays.

Please bring your council tax demand letter and photo ID with you and show them to the member of staff on the entrance gate, who will escort you around the site. 

Visiting in a car

In 2018 tax disc style stickers were introduced to replace the annual paper slip which allows residents access to the recycling centre. The sticker should be attached to your windscreen. You can collect yours whenever you next visit. If you’ve already got a sticker and registered your car, there’s no need to get a new one the following year, they continue to stay valid for that car.

If you need to get a permit sticker for a new car, please visit the site with your council tax demand letter and photo ID. You don't need to pre-register to access the recycling centre. 

If your household uses more than one car, you can get additional permits. You can get a sticker permit when you visit the centre in the vehicle. Please bring your council tax demand letter and photo ID with you.  

We have moved from annual paper permits to stickers as they make accessing the centre quicker (only a visual check of the windscreen is needed), safer and they are more environmentally-friendly as we don't need to print permits every year.

Visiting in a van or large vehicle

To access the recycling centre in a van or large vehicle, please fill out the permit request form by 4pm the day before you would like to visit. You will need to bring your photo ID and council tax demand letter with you. 

Each resident is able to visit the recycling centre 12 times a year in a van or large vehicle. 

A van or large vehicle is defined as: 

  • any small or large van (including hire vans)
  • pick-up truck
  • minibus with 10 seats or more
  • any vehicle with side panels instead of rear windows
  • any vehicle which has had the rear seats removed permanently. 

If you’re planning to visit in a hire van, you need to complete the permit form but don’t need to put in the vehicle registration number, make or model. Please bring a copy of your hire agreement with you. 

Visiting in a large trailer or declaring a small van/vehicle as your only vehicle 

You will need to complete an exemption form if:

  • you want to visit the centre in a large trailer (with an internal length of over 1.5metres) or
  • if you would like to declare your small van or small vehicle with side panels instead of rear windows as your only vehicle (this will allow you to access the site more than 12 times in a year). 

This form will be reviewed by the waste team and someone will be in touch within 10 working days. 

Visiting in exceptional circumstances

You will need to complete an exemption form if:

  • someone is going to take your waste to the centre for you or you are taking waste to the centre for someone else 
  • an exceptional circumstance has arisen
  • a member of staff at the recycling centre has asked you to fill out this form.

This form will be reviewed by the waste team and someone will be in touch within 10 working days. 

Acceptable photo ID

Your photo ID must be current and valid. It can be any of the following:

  • Passport 
  • Driving Licence (paper licences not acceptable)
  • Freedom Pass
  • EU Photocard Driving Licence
  • National Identity card (Non-UK nationals)
  • Electoral Identity Card (Northern Ireland)

If you don't have photo ID, please bring two of the following with you to the centre: 

  • Full or provisional paper UK Driving Licence (if issued before 1998)
  • EU Photocard Driving Licence
  • Utility bill (dated within last 3 months) (not mobile phone)
  • Bank or building society statement (dated within last 3 months)
  • Mortgage statement (dated within last 12 months)
  • Benefit statement or letter e.g. Pension, Child Benefit (dated within last 3 months)
  • HMRC document (not P45 or P60)
  • Electoral identity card

Improving access to the recycling centre 

We are closely monitoring access to the centre in order to address any issues that visitors may experience. This information will help us to make improvements to the service.