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Vehicle Access to Recycling Centres

​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Please make sure you know which vehicles you can bring to a recycling centre. It is important that you tell us which vehicle you will be bringing when you book a visit to a recycling centre.

Vehicle restrictions are based on:

  • potential amount of waste you can fit in the vehicle,
  • potential use of the vehicle for example business use, and
  • height and weight restrictions at our centres.

Vans and cars with trailers you can bring to a recycling centre



The following types of vehicle are classed as vans that you can bring to Bessemer Close recycling centre.

These will be classed as vans even if they are your household’s only form of transport, and are used solely for domestic use.

  • Short wheeled base vans
  • Campervans or caravettes
  • 4x4s with open back pick up (covered or uncovered)
  • Crew cab transporters
  • Cars with trailers
  • Cars with no rear windows or blacked out rear windows
  • People carriers with more than 7 seats










Van height is 2m maximum. Trailer size is 2m x 2m maximum




View Recycling Centre terms and conditions​






Cars you can bring to any recycling centre



The following vehicles are classed as cars and can be brought to a recycling centre:

  • ​Standard cars
    Must have rear windows. No trailers attached. 


  • 4x4s
    Without an open back pick up. 


  • People carriers
    7 seats maximum, with only the last row of seats folded.


  • Any disability adapted vehicle 





Vehicles you cannot bring to a centre



These vehicles are not permitted on site at our recycling centres:

  • High top vans
  • Medium top vans
  • Long wheeled base vans
  • Tipper vehicles


If you are disposing of business recycling and waste please use our Commercial recycling centre​.