Recycling centre permit scheme


Apply using our simple application form

You need a permit to take waste and recycling to our recycling centres if you have a van or trailer.

Applications for van and trailer permits has now moved online as part of the recycling centre booking system. One of the benefits of the new system will be the ability to issue permits more quickly (within 5 working days, instead of 10).

Conditions of use

You must be a Bristol resident living within the Bristol City Council boundaries and any waste you bring to site must be from your own home. Please note: You cannot get a permit for a business vehicle.

Bristol Waste Company operate Bristol’s Reuse and Recycling Centres on behalf of Bristol City Council and issue permits for these sites.

Apply for a permit

You need a permit to take waste and recycling to our recycling centres if you have a van or trailer

What does the permit allow?

  • Disposal of household waste only
  • 12 visits within 12 months of issue date
  • Vehicles up to 2.4 metres high

Checks take place at all our sites

To enter the recycling centre you will need to present your permit on arrival and confirm what type of waste you have in your vehicle. If we suspect the waste is not from your own home, or that the permit is being misused, we may cancel it or take legal action.

If you visit the site in a small hire van or car you will only be asked for proof of address (preferably council tax bill or driving licence), photo ID and hire agreement to be able to use the site.

What to do about damaged and lost permits

If your permit is damaged we will replace it, please send it to us, explaining why it needs replacing.

If you have lost your permit please write to let us know, giving us your name and address. We will send you a new permit with one visit taken off for each month since the issue date.

Other ways to apply

If you do not wish to apply online, you can apply or reapply for your permit using one of the following options.

By email:

Please download and complete the application form below. Then email your completed form to

By post:

To get an application form by post, call us on 0117 304 9580 during office hours (between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday)

You’ll need to provide a copy of:
  • Vehicle Registration Document (V5 log book, all pages)
  • A photo card licence or a valid paper licence
  • Council Tax or utility bill from the last three months

Contact information

HRRC Permit Applications
Bristol Waste
Albert Road
St. Philips, Bristol


Opening Hours

Open seven days a week
8am until 4.15pm from October until March
8am until 6.45pm from April until September
Closed 25th, 26th December and 1st January

Recycling Centres FAQ

The Reuse and Recycling Centres operated by Bristol Waste Company can only be used by residents living within the Bristol City Council area to dispose of their waste. Bordering councils have their own facilities, which their residents should be using.

Proof of address will be checked before you can enter the site and should be shown to staff through a closed window. You will need photo ID and a recent bill or student ID. Any vehicle that arrives on site and does not have proof of address will be turned away. To keep queuing to a minimum, please help us by having your proof of address documents ready.

The Recycling Centres are busy, so we have an odd and even number plate system in place to help manage traffic and reduce queuing. The booking system will replace the odd and even number plate system, opening up access to all residents every day. The odd and even number plate system will remain in place until 5 June 2022.

The number plate system means you can only visit the Recycling Centres on certain days depending on your vehicle number plate.

If the last number of your vehicle number plate is 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 this is an even number plate.
Examples of even number plates:
RL34 JGS (the last number is 4)
V952 GHD (the last number is 2)
PRIV8 A0 (the last number is 0)

If the last number of your vehicle number plate is 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 this is an odd number plate.
Examples of odd number plates:
GJ25 HJK (the last number is 5)
Y247 NDF (the last number is 7)
PRIV8 A3 (the last number is 3)

The last number of your licence plate will determine which day you can visit the Recycling Centres. For example, N951 HUP would be an odd number as the last number is 1.

The last number of your licence plate will determine which day you can visit the Recycling Centres.

This is primarily for your safety; we want all visits to the Recycling Centres to be in a controlled safe environment. The Recycling Centres are very busy and designed for vehicle access and not pedestrian access. Large lorries and other vehicles are active on site and unfortunately it is not possible to provide safe access routes or pavements for pedestrians.

Please do not arrive on foot as social distance measures mean our operatives will not be able to take any waste from you.

You can ride a bike into Bristol’s recycling centres. You will need to bring ID and proof of your Bristol address. If there is a queue, you should join behind the other vehicles.

The health and safety of our crew and the public is our number one priority. We have health and safety measures in place such as limiting the number of cars allowed on site at one time and we ask you to continue social distancing on site.

We have reorganised the layout of the Recycling Centres and introduced social distancing measures such as two metre markings and only one person allowed in each section at a time. A limited number of cars will be allowed on site at any one time with a one in, one out policy.

Contact our Community Engagement Team on