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Household recycling centres permits

Following updated government guidance we are reopening 9 of our household recycling centres from Monday 18 May. 

For more information on the opening days and times of specific sites, please visit: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/household-recycling-centres-reopening-faqs

Due to social distancing requirements we have had to increase walkway sizes and reduce the number of parking spaces.  As a result no trailers of any size or vehicles which are 3.5 tonnes or above are permitted at any of the household recycling centres at this time.  We will keep this under review and will allow trailers to access the HRCs when it is safe to do so. 

We are still processing permits for vans and large trailers however there are currently delays with Royal Mail that may mean your permit takes a few weeks to arrive.

If you use a van, pick-up, or a large trailer (between 1.8 and 3 meters) to visit any of Wiltshire's household recycling centres, you will need a free permit.

To apply you will need:

  • Your contact details, address and council tax reference
  • registration number
  • V5 Registration document serial number
  • the make, model and colour of your vehicle.
Don't have a council tax reference? Please email wasteandrecycling@wiltshire.gov.uk or call 0300 456 0102 for help.

The following vehicles need a permit

  • Vans
  • Vehicles with permanently removed rear seats and/or blanked out rear/side windows
  • Flatbed or pick-up type vehicles
  • Vans converted to use as a horsebox
  • Trailers between 1.8 and 3 metres long

The following vehicles do not need a permit

  • Cars
  • 4x4s (excluding those which fall into the above categories)
  • small trailer (under 1.8 metres)
Vehicle TypePermit Required?
Car or 4x4No
Trailer (less than 1.8 metres)

Trailer (1.8 to 3.0 metres), van or pickup and vans converted to use as a horsebox

Trailer (over 3.0 metres)
Van, pick-up or flatbed with a trailer (any size)
Horse box trailer
Any vehicle over 3.5 tonne
These vehicles will not be allowed at any household recycling centre

The permit will allow you a maximum of 12 visit a year.


You should allow a maximum of 3 weeks after you apply to receive your permit, although it is likely that you will receive it sooner than 3 weeks.


Once you have applied and received your permit you need to take it with you each time you visit the household recycling centres and present it to a member of the site staff.

The site staff will check that your vehicle details match those shown on the permit and stamp your permit as a record of your visit.

Your permit allows you a maximum of 12 visits per year.


If you are borrowing a van you do not need to apply for a permit.

Just bring along to the site proof of your Wiltshire address (photo identification, such as a driving license, is preferable) and either:

  • The permit registered to the vehicle that you are borrowing or
  • For a works vehicle, a letter from the business loaning you the van, stating your name and the dates you are borrowing it

If you are hiring a van you do not need to apply for a permit.

Just bring proof of your Wiltshire address (photo identification, such as a driving license, is preferable) and your hire agreement to the site to show site staff.


Commercial waste cannot be taken to any of Wiltshire’s household recycling centres. 

For more information regarding commercial waste and your responsibilities, visit our commercial waste page.


No, you do not require a permit. Please display your blue badge when on site.


Providing the earliest renewal date displayed on your permit has passed, you can renew your permit using the link above, entering your address and chosing 'HRC Van or Large Trailer Permit Application - Renewal'. You will need to provide your current permit number.

If you have lost your current permit, please email wasteandrecycling@wiltshire.gov.uk for help.

Permits do not expire so you only need to renew if you have used all of your visits.


Yes. You can purchase a permit to visit the household recycling centres up to 12 times per year to dispose of your recycling only. Permits cost £53.40 for 6 visits or £84.90 for 12. Only organisations which meet the eligibility criteria will be issued with a permit.  See downloads for the eligibility criteria, terms and conditions and the application form.


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Last updated: 20 May 2020 | Last reviewed: 20 May 2020