From Monday  9th May 2022 residents using a vehicle over 2 metres high will be able to access the household waste recycling centres across Greater Manchester to dispose of household waste. (Except Springvale, Rochdale, and Every St, Bury)

All vans (including hire vans) and pick-up trucks will require a permit. Apply here.

Disposal of asbestos will still be at the weighbridge and PPE will be required.

Strictly no trade waste.

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Van and twin axle permit

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

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 you will need a permit. For info on using a hire van see here.

Using a hire van? You’ll need a permit.

Please note: You will need to apply for a permit account 2 working days before your first visit.

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If you are having technical problems with your application or have been waiting more than 2 working days for confirmation of your permit, please contact gmcavanpermit.uk@suez.com

How do I apply? 

The permit is easy to apply for and is free of charge, it allows you a maximum of 18 visits over the year to dispose of household waste. You can apply online at vanpermit.suez.co.uk.

You must be a resident of Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, or Trafford.

The person who is the registered owner of the vehicle is the person who needs to create the account.   

What documents do I need?

  1. You will need to upload a copy of your V5C form (logbook) for the van, pick-up truck or the car that will be used to tow the twin axle trailer.
  2. You will need to upload proof of your address, this can be in the form of a utility bill such as gas, electric, landline or a broadband package contract.  These bills need to be dated within the last 3 months of issue. Also accepted are a current annual Council tax or water bill for 2021/22. If you do not have access to a paper copy of these documents a screenshot of the online account can be uploaded but must clearly show name and address details.

Please Note: If you have access to a company vehicle please upload a letter from your employer stating that you can use the company vehicle for personal use. This needs to be on a letter headed document showing the company name, address, postcode and contact details along with the registration plate of the vehicle. You will still need to provide proof of address. 

  1. You will need to upload a copy of your V5C form (logbook) for the van, pick-up truck or the car that will be used to tow the twin axle trailer.
  2. You will need to upload proof of your address, this can be in the form of a utility bill such as gas, electric, landline or a broadband package contract.  These bills need to be dated within the last 3 months of issue. Also accepted are a current annual Council tax or water bill for 2021/22. If you do not have access to a paper copy of these documents a screenshot of the online account can be uploaded but must clearly show name and address details.

  3. Once your application has been processed you will receive an email confirming the status of your application. Please check your junk mail box as the email may be sent there. You will receive an email whether you have been successful or not, within 2 business days. 

  4. Once approved please log back into to your van permit account to access your QR code.
  5. When visiting a Recycling Centre, you must show this via a phone or tablet or a printed hard copy to the operative at the gate. 

More information…

To make it easier to recycle we have removed the 2 metre height restrictions at our recycling centres (except Spring Vale in Rochdale and Every Street in Bury).

  • This applies to household waste only– businesses and traders are still required to use the weighbridge to pay to dispose of their waste.
  • If you are disposing of asbestos you will still need to take it to one of our weighbridges and PPE will be required.

A permit is also required for vehicles higher than 2 metres that need to access the weighbridge at the transfer loading stations to dispose of household waste at Every Street in Bury. For health and safety reasons, PPE must be worn when recycling or disposing of your household waste at the waste transfer facilities.

You will need to register for a permit if you plan to hire a van, pick-up truck or twin axle trailer for a short term hire Permit for using a hire van You will need to take your hire documents to the site with you as an operative will ask to see them.

No trade or business waste will be accepted at any Household Waste Recycling Centre. Find out how to dispose of business waste.

Only one permit per household will be issued.

Why are we introducing this?

The van and trailer permit is part of the Trade Waste Access Restriction Policy which was introduced in February 2020. This was to tackle businesses illegally taking waste to the Recycling Centres to avoid paying waste disposal fees, costing your local councils an estimated £5 million a year.

Recycling Centres are for household waste only. This includes waste from normal day-to-day household activities and DIY projects. This does not include any waste produced by tradespeople or builders hired to carry out improvements, repairs, or alterations to your home. It is the trader’s responsibility to take this waste to a licenced commercial waste facility.

The good news is that these restrictions have helped stop the majority of trade waste abuse and increased recycling rates at Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester. The permit will help SUEZ operatives to identify potential traders who are still trying to use the sites illegally to dispose of trade waste.

FAQ’s

The permit applies to any van designed to carry cargo, pick-up trucks and cars towing a twin axle trailer. It also applies to any car, MPV or SUV or other vehicle that appears to have been adapted to operate like a van (for example by the removal of seating to increase the space inside) and appears to be a commercial-type vehicle.

The use of anything towed that is not a trailer originally designed for the purpose of carrying goods is not permitted and will be refused entry to the household waste recycling centres if carrying waste for disposal.

Site operatives have the right to refuse entry of such vehicles without a permit.

Any vehicle (including vans) carrying trade waste are not permitted at the household waste recycling centre. The sites are for residents who wish to dispose of their household waste.

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

Please note: You will need to apply for a permit account 2 working days before your first visit.

Before hiring the van, pick-up truck or twin axle trailer you will first need to create an account to confirm you are a Greater Manchester resident.

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The permit is free of charge.

If you wish to use a van, hire van, pick up truck, or twin axle trailer to take your household waste to a recycling centre, then you need to apply for a permit before you visit.

The use of anything towed that is not a trailer originally designed for the purpose of carrying goods is not permitted and will be refused entry to the household waste recycling centres if carrying waste for disposal.

Any vehicle (including vans) carrying trade waste are not permitted at the household waste recycling centre. The sites are for residents who wish to dispose of their household waste.

The permit applies to any van designed to carry cargo, pick-up trucks and cars towing a twin axle trailer. It also applies to any car, MPV or SUV or other vehicle that appears to have been adapted to operate like a van (for example by the removal of seating to increase the space inside)

Site operatives have the right to refuse entry of such vehicles without a permit

Permits are processed within 2 working days (not including Bank holidays and weekends).

The permit is valid for 12 months (1st April to 31st March). The visit limits are reset each year, you do not have to reapply.

When you apply the visits you have made since 1st April 2021 will be deducted from your 18 per year allowance. The number of visits will automatically reset to 18 from the 1st April 2022.

You will need to upload a copy of your  V5C form (logbook) for the van, pick-up truck or the car that will be used to tow the twin axle trailer.

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You will need to upload proof of your address, this can be in the form of a utility bill such as gas, electric, landline or a broadband package contract.  These bills need to be dated within the last 3 months of issue. Also accepted are a current annual Council tax or water bill for 2021/22. If you do not have access to a paper copy of these documents a screenshot of the online account can be uploaded but must clearly show name and address details.

Can I use my permit at any recycling centre in Greater Manchester?

Yes, the permit is valid at any of the 20 household waste recycling centres in the 9 council areas of Greater Manchester. Find your nearest recycling centre.

For residents living in Wigan, please visit wigan.gov.uk/index.aspx

Once your application has been approved, you need to log into your van permit account to access your QR code. Please show this to the SUEZ operative at the gate of the HWRC, the SUEZ operative will scan the QR code.

No you don’t need to print the code as you can show the QR code on your phone or mobile device. You can print it off and keep a physical copy of the code in your van if that’s more convenient but please keep the copy free of creases and avoid folding the code.

The permit allows you to visit 18 times in a year (1st April to 31st March).

Yes you will need to register for a permit if you plan to hire a van or twin axle trailer for a short term Permit for using a hire van You will need to take your hire documents to site with you as an operative will ask to see them. Please allow 2 workings days for your application to be processed.

No only one permit is allowed per household.

No, if you drive a vehicle adapted to carry a wheelchair, you do not need to apply for a permit.

No, only one permit is allowed per household

No, if you are having work done by tradespeople, then this is classed as trade waste and is chargeable. Your trader should remove their waste and dispose of it at a trade waste facility or by using a skip. Traders may build these costs into your overall service charge.

If you have access to a company vehicle please upload a letter from your employer stating that you can use the company vehicle for personal use. This needs to be on a letter headed document showing the company name, address, postcode and contact details along with the registration plate of the vehicle. You will still need to provide proof of address. 

Again, such a vehicle can only be used to deliver the resident’s own household waste to the recycling centre. 

No, your 18 visits with your permit will still be recorded on our ANPR system, therefore will be counted as part of your 52 visits per year.

We process your application within 2 working days (excluding bank holidays and weekend) please check your spam folder on your emails. Please contact  gmcavanpermit.uk@suez.com if it has been longer then 2 working days. 

New build postcodes are sometimes not recognised on our database system, please contact gmcavanpermit.uk@suez.com. You will be required to upload a copy of your council tax bill. Once it is verified that the address is in Greater Manchester (excluding Wigan) you will be notified that you can apply for a permit.

If you have a lease hire vehicle, please upload your lease hire agreement. This needs to be in the applicant’s name showing, address, postcode along with the registration plate of the vehicle. You will still need to provide proof of address 

If you are having technical problems with your application or have been waiting more than 2 working days for confirmation of your permit, please contact gmcavanpermit.uk@suez.com

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