The Recycling Centres are provided for residents of Bath and North East Somerset to dispose of their household waste only.  Business waste is not accepted.

Please bring a form of identification that shows your name and address to prove you are a Bath and North East Somerset resident, e.g. your driving licence, Discovery card, or a recent utility bill. Please be prepared to show this to our staff.  Our staff will have to turn you away if you cannot show identification every time you visit.

Van Permit 

We operate a permit scheme for residents who wish to use a van or trailer to dipose of their own household waste when they have an approved Van Permit.  We will monitor this, and if you attempt to dispose of business waste, we will cancel your permit. Without a permit you will be refused entry to the sites.

This system is in place at all 3 of our Recycling Centres.

There are limits to the amount of household waste that vehicles can take into a site - our DIY waste and home improvement page gives more details.

The site attendants may refuse entry if you do not have a permit.

You need to apply for a free Van Permit if you wish to bring a van, small lorry or trailer over 1.8m - 2.4m long or certain other vehicles to our Recycling Centres. 

Large trailers over 2.4m are not permitted at any time. If you are unsure if you need a Van Permit for your vehicle please check the table below.  You  will need to re-apply for a Permit each time you have a new Vehicle.  

Vans, trailers and other vehicles (that require a permit) are only allowed to use the recycling centres (Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton) on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Vehicle type

 

Allowed on site

Permit required

Car, estate car, people carrier (MPV), 4x4, campervan, minibus (up to 9 seats) with rear seats and rear and/or side windows

 

Yes

No

Estate car, 4x4, Minibus or people carrier (MPV) without rear seats

 

Yes

Yes

Trailer and towed horse box up to 1.8m in body length (excluding a frame)

Yes

No

 

Trailer  and towed horse box between 1.8m and 2.4m in body length (excluding frame)

Yes

Yes

 

Pick-up truck

Yes

 

Yes

Any vans (including box vans and crew cabs with bulk heads at rear)  up to and including 3.4 tonnes

 

Yes

Yes

Flatbed vehicle up to and including  3.4 tonnes

 

Yes

Yes

Horse box with integrated cab up to and including 3.4 tonnes

 

Yes

Yes

Trailer over 2.4m (8ft) in body length

 

No

N/A

Tractors

 

No

N/A

Any vehicle carrying waste from commercial or business activity

 

No

N/A

Any vehicle over 3.4 tonnes gross weight

 

No

N/A

Short Term Permit

If you are a resident borrowing a vehicle you need to apply for a short term permit

Hire vehicles do not need to have a permit, but you must be able to provide evidence of residency and the hire agreement, and have the same restrictions with regards to what residents are able to dispose of. Please note that hire vehicles cannot exceed 3.4 tonnes.

We aim to process any applications that do not need more information within 2 working days.

Change in circumstances

If you move out of the area, please let us know via vanpermits@bathnes.gov.uk.  It is important that you do this because other permit holders' visits could be recorded against your permit.

If you change your vehicle, please apply for a new  van permit

Monitoring the system

We do monitor the usage of the sites and carry out spot checks, so you may be approached by our staff and asked about the type of waste you are bringing to the site to make sure it is not business waste.  Information will be recorded and further action may well be taken if staff suspect that the waste is not your own household waste.

The Van Permit scheme has been introduced to make sure that only Bath and North East Somerset residents use the Recycling Centres and to stop business and commercial waste from being disposed of illegally at the household centres.

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