Household Recycling Centre Vehicle Permit


Flintshire County Council uses a permit system to restrict the types of vehicles allowed to use Household Recycling Centres (HRC) in Flintshire.  To qualify the vehicle must not display commercial markings.  We cannot accept trade, commercial or business waste, this includes landlords disposing of waste from rental properties.  We cannot accept waste if you have been paid to take it.

The permit application process is undergoing changes to reflect current Welsh Government Directives and Guidance regarding waste, Flintshire County Council policy and current Covid-19 restrictions.  

Due to social distancing, vehicle checks can no longer be undertaken at the application stage.  To enable permits to be processed more efficiently, under the current working restraints, it is necessary to request photographs of the vehicle for which the permit relates.  Stricter measures are already in place at our HRC to protect staff and residents.  A driving licence will continue to be required as proof of Flintshire residency before entry to sites. 

During heavy machinery or collection vehicle movements, the site may close briefly to keep visitors safe and facilitate continuing capacity in the skips.  This is a necessary function and disruption will be kept to a minimum.

Please be aware that due to necessary restrictions in vehicle numbers on site, queues are likely; your patience and understanding is appreciated. 

Why is a permit required?
Some businesses currently take their waste to the household recycling centres free of charge.  The cost of disposing of business waste taken to our recycling centres is significant, and is paid for by taxpayers.

Vehicles that need to apply for a 12 month permit:

  • Pick ups
  • Car derived vans & small van
  • Minibuses / Campervan / Small mobile homes without internal modifications
  • Vans – Small wheel base / Medium wheeled base (without high roof elevation
  • Twin axle trailers up to 6 ft  

Application Online 
To save time, please check before applying if your vehicle type is allowed access.  A copy of the Terms and Conditions of permit can be found below.  

The following documents will be required to support your application (please supply photos or scanned original documents & licence and we cannot accept responsibility for original documents lost in the post):

 

Vehicle permit 

  1. Complete E-Form
  2. Full Vehicle Log book
  3. Driving licence
  4. 2 x Utility Bills / Council Tax Bill
  5. Photos of vehicle for which the permit is requested:
    a). Rear of vehicle showing number plate (doors closed)
    b). Rear Interior view from rear doors
    c). Front view
    d). Side view

Trailers (with more than one axle and smaller than 6ft)

  1. Complete E-Form
  2. Full Vehicle Log book
  3. Trailer dimensions
  4. Driving licence
  5. 2 x Utility Bills / Council Tax Bill
  6. Photos of trailer for which the permit is requested:
    a). Rear of trailer showing number plate
    b). Side view showing full length and height.

Or E-mail:  Please e-mail your permit request to streetsceneadmin@flintshire.gov.uk attaching photos or scans of all the above documents / licence.

If you are experiencing difficulties with any of the above please contact the helpline for advise 01352 701234.

Types of Vehicles NOT accepted at HRC:  

  • Box vans
  • Tippers
  • Flat beds
  • Long wheel base vans
  • High roof vans (height limit) 
  • Van towing a trailer
  • Lorries (any type)
  • Horse boxes / horse trailers
  • High sided trailers / trailers using boards
  • Trailers longer than 6”
  • Tractors
  • Transporter type trailer
  • Minibus, campervans, mobile homes, or VW transporters with modifications. 

Please note this list provides examples only, and is not limited to the vehicle types/sizes listed, and are not eligible for a permit.

Terms and Conditions of Permit 2021

Temporary Covid-19 Restrictions
Due to social distancing and safety measures on our sites at this time, you may experience delays in entering due to vehicle numbers on site being limited.  All rules must be adhered to on site, including hand cleansing and minimum 2 metre distancing. 

  1. The issue of HRC permits is discretionary and can be subject to change to comply with site legislation, operations, enhanced vehicle checking or revised conditions of permit.  To avoid inconvenience, please check www.flintshire.gov.uk/recycle for any updates to the scheme before your visit.
  2. Permits are strictly for 12 visits within a 12 month period. This expiry date cannot be extended.  Another permit will only be considered when the expiry date has passed.
  3. A valid permit must be presented to a member of the HRC site staff at the site entrance.  This must be validated before unloading of any materials takes place.  The permit must be presented at each visit, this does not mean each day.
  4. One permit is allowed per household and is valid for a specified vehicle only registered to a Flintshire address.  The permit is non-transferable.
  5. Previous permit issue does not automatically qualify the applicant for further permits.  Standard checks will be made for all applications including all conditions of permit having previously been met.
  6. Permits issued are strictly for “household waste” from a Flintshire residents own home.
  7. Any waste classified as Commercial, Industrial, Business or Trade Waste is not accepted at any Flintshire County Council HRC.  This type of waste is the waste produced by tradespeople, contractors or labourers working at residential or business premises.  This includes landlords disposing of waste from rental properties, or waste that entails payment for disposal.  This type of waste requires a “waste carriers licence” and subject to “Duty of Care” and is not accepted at any HRC under our Environmental permit conditions.
  8. Anyone who holds a “waste carriers licence” is not eligible for a permit.
  9. Permit holders undertaking substantial alterations to their premises including outbuildings, drives etc. involving large quantities of building materials, ground work or tree felling, will need to employ a skip for the purpose.
  10. Permits issued are strictly for the vehicle for which the permit relates.  Trailers are not permitted if towed by a vehicle requiring a permit.
  11. Change of vehicle within a 12 month period of permit will render the permit invalid.  A re-issue will be considered based on :-
    a). The current original permit being surrendered to: Admin Vehicle Permit, Alltami Depot, Mold Road, Alltami, CH7 6LG.
    b). The vehicle being a permitted type.
    c). All other stipulations in the terms and conditions being met and have been met previously.
  12. Alterations to a vehicle already registered for a permit must be declared and may disqualify the vehicle for future permit issue. Alterations not previously declared but noted by site operatives may render the permit invalid.
  13. Permits defaced, altered or with illegible details are invalid and will not be accepted at a HRC.
  14. Permit loss or accidental damage to a permit within the 12 month period :- The permit holder may be entitled to a partial permit re-issue and will be considered on application based on:
    a). Date of expiry and number of known site visits.
    b). Previously recorded permit losses or defacement.  Full permits will not be issued until 12 months have passed since original issue date.
  15. Flintshire County Council reserves the right to check available vehicle details and evidence of trading with any relevant Regulatory bodies, or information held in the public domain, if deemed necessary.
  16. Any wastes brought to site will be subject to routine inspection by site operatives and/or any authorised Officer of the Authority or a Regulatory Body.  Visitors to site may be asked to open sacks or containers to check contents.  Failure to comply may result in your permit being revoked.
  17. For safety reasons, the permit holder must declare any potentially Hazardous Wastes within the load and seek advice if unsure.
  18. Materials brought to site must be separated and placed in the correct skip or container.  If unsure, please seek advice from a staff member.
  19. Flintshire County Council reserves the right to terminate all concessions afforded by the permit scheme if the permit holder is in contravention of any stipulations contained within the conditions of permit.  Conditions of permit can be viewed on line or a hard copy requested by post.  Please ensure you have read and understood the permit conditions before visiting a Flintshire County Council Household Recycling Centre.  

Revoking permits

  1. Abuse or threats to members of staff or other residents will not be tolerated and will incur a permit revoke with immediate effect, and may result in the permit holder being excluded from access to Flintshire Council HRC’s.
  2. HRC staff members are authorised to confiscate a permit should circumstances make this necessary, for example:
    a). Abuse or threats to site staff or other residents.
    b). Not adhering to site rules including speeding restrictions, staff directives.
    c). Permits defaced, altered or with illegible details are invalid.
    d). Not declaring hazardous waste within a load.
    e). Depositing non acceptable waste types on site.
  3. Vehicles found during routine checks to be without tax or insurance will incur an immediate permit revoke and exclusion from entry to any Flintshire HRC with or without permit.  The police and DVLA may also be notified.
  4. Any permit issued due to an administration error, falsification of information received, or is in contravention of any of the stipulations contained in the terms and conditions of permit, will be revoked with immediate effect.
  5. Terms and Conditions of permit are available to view on line; a hard copy may be requested by post.  Please ensure you have read and understood the permit conditions before visiting a Flintshire County Council Household Recycling Centre. 

There are no exceptions to these terms and conditions. 

Frequently Asked Questions

If the 12 visits have been used before the permit expiry date, can I apply for another?
No.  Permits are strictly for 12 visits only within a 12 month period. Another permit cannot not be considered until the permit expiry date has passed.

My partner and son/daughter both have vans registered to the same address; are we entitled to a permit for both vehicles?
No.  One permit only is allowed per household and is valid for a specified vehicle or trailer registered to a Flintshire address.  The permit is non-transferable. 

Will my permit be automatically renewed after 12 months has passed? 
No.  Previous permit issue does not automatically qualify an applicant for further permits.  Standard checks will be made for all applications including all conditions of permit having previously been met.

We have a permit for our van but need to use a trailer; can we apply for a trailer permit?
No.  One permit is allowed per household for a vehicle or a trailer, not both.  A van cannot bring a trailer to site. 

We hold a current vehicle permit but are having work carried out on the premises and will need more visits.  Can we apply for an extended permit?
No.  There are not exceptions to 12 visits within a 12 month period.  Residents undertaking substantial alterations to their premises, including extensions, outbuildings, drives etc. involving large quantities of building materials, ground work or tree felling, will need to employ a skip for the purpose.