Residential van permits for household recycling centres
You can apply for a permit to use a van at our household recycling centres if it is your only form of transport.
Apply for a residential van permit online
However, you can apply for a residential van exemption permit (opens in a new window) to take your household waste to our HRCs in your own van as long as the van is:
- your household's only form of transport;
- privately owned by or registered to you;
- not sign-written;
- and not used for any business or commercial activity.
Alternatively, you can apply for a van permit by contacting the Dorset Waste Partnership.
Permit-holders can use their own van to take household waste to any of our HRCs during opening hours, seven days a week. Permits can be renewed every year. HRC staff will check your permit on entry to ensure it is valid.
Hire vans at household recycling centres
Hire vans can be used to take household waste to any of our HRCs. You must take your hire agreement for the HRC staff to check, as only short-term hire (three days maximum) vehicles will be accepted.
Commercial vehicle vouchers for recycling centres
If you do not qualify for a residential van exemption permit, you can apply for commercial vehicle vouchers.
Terms and conditions
HRC staff will refuse entry to vans without a valid permit, voucher or hire agreement document
There is a one-tonne maximum weight limit on waste taken per visit for all vans and load-carrying vehicles
We define a 'van' as a vehicle with a rear load-carrying capacity instead of seats and panels to the rear instead of windows
The largest vehicle accepted is a Ford Transit-type van and/or a maximum 3.5 tonnes gross weight
Trailers more than 1.2 metres wide and 1.8 metres long cannot be used to take waste to our HRCs
Permits and vouchers are issued per household and not on an individual basis
Checks will be carried out by the DWP for all applications received
Please allow 10 days for applications to be processed