From the 1st December 2021, you will need a permit if you are visiting your local Household Waste Recycling Centre to dispose of household waste using your own van, pick-up truck or a twin axle trailer

Use the link below to find out more information and apply for your permit. Please note: you will need to provide a copy of your V5C form (logbook) and current proof of address.

Please note: visitors using a standard car or a vehicle adapted for wheelchair users do NOT need a permit to use the Recycling Centres unless you intend to visit with a twin axle trailer.

Van and twin axle permit


Climate and Home Composting Blog

Logo showing COP26, R4GM and Sow the CityEveryone knows that composting is good for the environment generally but is it a good way to tackle climate change? Here’s 5 reasons why home composting can help to do exactly that:

  1. Home composting reduces landfill waste and methane emissions.

Plant matter buried with other waste in landfill creates an anaerobic environment and results in waste gases being created including methane – a potent greenhouse gas. Composting waste at home helps divert organic material from going to landfill which produces much less methane.


  1. Home composting reduces emissions from transport of your waste

Energy is needed to collect, remove, and process your waste collections. By composting at home, you limit the quantity of waste materials that needs transporting away from your home. This reduces the amount of fuel used by vehicles and reduces your carbon footprint.

  1. Home composting reduces use of fertiliser

Most plant food or fertiliser is produced using a process that produces a lot of carbon emissions. Home composting provides a low carbon alternative that provides similar nutrients to those in fertiliser, but they’re stored in organic material and release more slowly. Homemade compost is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to feed your plants and trees.

  1. Home composting reduces use of peat

Homemade compost can negate the need to buy compost containing peat. Peat bogs store more carbon than any other ecosystem on earth. And use of peat is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions because CO2 is released when the peat is harvested.


  1. Home composting improves soil health

Home compost increases the carbon holding capacity of soil and plants (this is known as biosequestration). More carbon in plants and trees means less in the atmosphere. The bigger your plants grow the more carbon is locked away.

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