Household Recycling Centre e-permit scheme

In light of the Prime Minister’s announcement on 23 March, all Household Recycling Centres across Cambridgeshire are closed until further notice. The decision to close sites has not been taken lightly but it is essential to encourage residents to stay at home and limit the spread of Coronavirus.

If you were planning to visit a recycling centre, please hold on to the items you were planning to take until they are reopened.

During this time, we ask residents to act responsibly and not place items such as DIY waste, garden waste, or recycling into their kerbside general rubbish collection. This will take up space in the collection vehicles needed for general household rubbish. Try to limit your food waste by home composting and using your freezer. If you have food waste it can be disposed of in your general waste bin.

If you or anyone in your home is self-isolating or confirmed to have Coronavirus, all personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.

Please help ensure the safety of our operatives and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Household Recycling Centre e-permit scheme

From October 2019, you will need an e-permit to dispose of household waste at our nine Household Recycling Centres using a commercial-type vehicle or any trailer in excess of 1.5m length (excluding the towing mechanism) or 570 litre capacity.

E-permits are free of charge and will only be issued to Cambridgeshire residents on a per household basis. The e-permit allows a maximum of 12 visits to a site within a 12 month period. If you use up your allowance, you will have to wait until the 12 month period has passed to renew your e-permit.

A vehicle that requires a permit and is towing a trailer of any accepted size will count as two visits if they both contain waste.

Residents without internet access can obtain a permit by telephoning 0345 045 5207.

The following vehicles require a permit

  • Vans
  • Pick-ups / crew cabs
  • Campervans and minibuses with rear seats and fittings removed

Vehicles must be no larger than a standard Transit van (5m length and 2m high)

  • Trailers between 1.5m and 2.5m in length (excluding the towing mechanism) or 570 litre capacity

Hire vehicles that fit into the above categories, being used to dispose of household waste, also require a valid e-permit.

Vehicles excluded from site

  • Vehicles larger than a standard, short wheelbase low roof Transit van (5m length and 2m high)
  • Horse boxes
  • Tractors
  • Driver and van services
  • Trailers over 2.5m in length (excluding towing mechanism)

Further information

Terms and conditions

HRC e-permit scheme terms and conditions
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Vehicle size policy_updated Sept 2019
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