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Using our recycling centres

Your use of our recycling centres depends on where you live, the waste you have, who you are and the vehicle you wish to use. 

Using your own vehicle

To make sure only those allowed to use our recycling centres do so you must register your vehicle(s) with us first.

Moving house or changing your vehicle

If you change your vehicle, or have registered one vehicle and wish to add another (you can register up to two), you will need log in to your online account and complete the registration form again to update your vehicle details.

If you change your address, you will need to update your details in your online account then complete the registration form again to update your details.

Existing permits

Existing physical permits, required for vans, pick-ups, vehicles with trailers and sign-written vehicles, will be phased out over the coming weeks and these vehicles should now be registered in the same way as all other types of vehicle. During this time physical permits should still be displayed.

Using a hire van

If you have waste that cannot fit in your vehicle you can use a hire van to take it to a recycling centre. To get access you must phone 0300 500 80 80 a minimum of 24 hours before you wish to visit.

You will need to bring your hire agreement with you when you visit the recycling centre.

Pedestrian, bicycle and disabled access

If you'd like to access our recycling centres on foot or using a bicycle, view our other access, assistance and feedback page, which also contains information on disabled access, assistance and how to give feedback on your experience when visiting.

Useful information to know before you visit

Each recycling centre has a range of skips and containers for your waste. To check which items the sites accept please look at our how to recycle or dispose of common waste items page.

Your visit will be quicker if you sort your waste into groups before you arrive. If you bring a mixed bag of waste to the site, the staff will open it to further sort and recycle what’s inside. By doing this the centres are able to recycle over 80% of the waste they handle. When the skips are full, they are taken off site to reprocessors who will recycle the waste into new products. Waste that is not recyclable will either be disposed of to landfill or sent for specialist treatment, eg chemicals.

Please make sure that you wear sensible footwear when visiting our recycling centres and deposit waste into skips carefully to avoid injury. Children and animals must stay in your vehicle at all times during your visit. If you need help, please ask a member of staff.

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