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Vehicle permits at the HWRC

From April 2019, we have introduced residency checks, new opening times and a ban on commercial vehicles. From June 1st, certain vehicles need a permit to use the recycling centres. The following FAQs should answer any queries that you may have. Get in touch via the "Ask a question" tab if there is anything you need additional information about.

What are the opening times for recycling centres?

Summer (April to September) 8.30am – 6.00pm 

Winter (October to March) 8.30 – 4.00pm

What do I need to bring with me as proof of residency?

Our centres are provided for Carmarthenshire residents only, we have introduced residency checks to ensure we make efficient use of our resources to provide the best service to our residents. You will need to have one of the following with you to show to the attendant at the site entrance:

  • Driving licence
  • Your current Council Tax bill
  • A utility bill, (no older than 3 months)

Why have you introduced a permit scheme?

Our recycling centres are for the use of Carmarthenshire residents to dispose of household waste only. The introduction of a free permit system has helped us to ensure that businesses are not using the recycling centres illegally to dispose of commercial waste

How does the permit scheme work?

Depending on the type of vehicle you are using, you may be required to apply for a free permit to use the recycling centres. The permit will allow you to access any recycling centre in Carmarthenshire up to 12 times per year.

Your permit will be registered against the vehicle that you drive. On arrival at the recycling centre, a member of staff will check your permit details against those of your vehicle, and remove one of the 12 permit tabs to show that it has been used.

Each visit to the recycling centre is counted separately, even if you visit multiple times on the same day.

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Do I need to apply for a permit to use the recycling centre?

The free permit scheme applies at all of our recycling centres. Whether you will need a permit or not depends on the type of vehicle you are bringing to the recycling centre. If you do require a permit, you can apply online.

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What types of vehicle require a permit?

The free permit scheme applies at all of our recycling centres. Whether you need a permit or not depends on the type of vehicle you are bringing to the recycling centre.

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Which vehicles have been banned from the recycling centre?

Agricultural vehicles, vehicles over 3.5 tonnes including box and panelled vans, horseboxes, tippers, flatbeds, caged vehicles and drop/curtain sided vehicles are not allowed in the recycling centres.

Any vehicles towing a trailer more than 2.44 metres/8ft bed length regardless of number of axles will also not be allowed in.  Panelled vans 3.5 tonnes or under and single cab pickups are not permitted to tow any trailers in the recycling centres.

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How do I apply for a permit?

If your vehicle requires a permit you can apply online.

You will need to provide the following information:

  • Your details
  • Vehicle details
  • Copy/scan of all pages of your V5C vehicle log book

Proof of address - You only need to send one proof of address which could be a copy of your council tax bill, utility bill (less than 3 months old) or driver’s licence. 

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What supporting documents to I need to apply for a permit?

You will need to provide a copy of your vehicle’s V5C log book as well as a proof of address document that corresponds to the address registered on your V5C.

For proof of address we accept the following documents:

  • Driving licence
  • Your Council Tax bill
  • A utility bill, (no older than 3 months)

How long will it take for my permit to be issued?

When a fully completed application form with supporting documents is received and validated, permits will be issued within 10 working days.

I’ve hired a van to go to the recycling centre, will I still be allowed access?

If you’re using the facilities with a short term hired van you will be allowed to dispose of household waste only. The recycling centres cannot accept commercial waste.

You will need to provide a copy of the rental agreement and proof of residency to the site attendant. The hire agreement must be for 3 days or less. 

For proof of residency we accept the following documents:

  • Driving license
  • Your Council Tax bill
  • A utility bill, (no older than 3 months)

Can I use a trailer?

Trailers are permitted with restrictions.  The maximum size is 2.44 metres (8 foot) bed length, regardless of number of axles.  To see which vehicles are permitted with trailers please use our vehicle guide.

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Can I take business waste to the recycling centre?

No, our recycling centres cannot accept business waste, which must be disposed of using a licensed facility meeting Duty of Care requirements.  Nantycaws Transfer Station, Carmarthen has facilities for household and business waste and there are also a number of licensed private sites which can be found online by searching ‘waste transfer stations in my area’.  Most facilities that accept commercial waste will charge for disposal.

Depositing commercial waste at the HWRC sites is a criminal offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and could result in an unlimited fine and up to 5 years imprisonment.

I drive an adapted vehicle due to a disability, will I be able to access the recycling centre?

Adapted vehicles for disabled use will be able to access the sites.  If you believe your adapted vehicle falls into the permit category, please contact us before applying for a permit.

Can I let my friend/neighbour use my permit?

No, permits are registered to your own vehicle, so cannot be transferred

What happens if I use all 12 visits but want to use the recycling centre again in the same year?

Your permit starts from the month that you receive it and you cannot visit more than 12 times during any 12 month period. You will still be able to use the recycling centre with any vehicle that does not require a permit e.g car, 4x4, SUV, people carrier etc.

After 12 months from the date of issue of your previous permit you will be able to re-apply for a new permit.

What happens if I lose my permit?

If your permit has been lost or stolen please let us know. Once we have verified your information we will reissue the number of tickets that you had remaining. Remember if you have already used all 12 of your permit tickets you will not be able to renew until 12 months from the original date of issue.

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Is there an expiry date on my permit?

No, it will remain in effect until you have used all 12 visits.

I live outside Carmarthenshire but your recycling centres are closer to me can I still use them?

No, our sites are provided for Carmarthenshire residents only and residency checks are in place.   Anyone who has a Carmarthenshire council tax bill, needs to bring this as proof of residency.

My vehicle has advertising/sign writing on it, will I still be allowed to enter the sites?

Yes, if your vehicle is carrying household waste, and is an allowed vehicle type as explained on our vehicle guide.

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I drive a company van, which I also use for personal use.  Can I still apply for a permit?

You can apply for a permit if the vehicle is registered to a business, as long as you have the company’s permission to use the vehicle for personal use and you are only transporting household waste.

Along with your completed permit application, you will need to provide us with the following:

  • A company headed letter, from your employer stating you have permission to use the vehicle for personal use
  • Copy/scan of the V5C vehicle log book – which shows the name and address the vehicle is registered to.
  • Proof of address - You only need to send one proof of address which could be a copy of your council tax bill, utility bill (less than 3 months old) or driving licence. 

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I use a van/trailer to buy compost from Nantycaws – can I still do this?

As long as your vehicle is not on our banned vehicles list, you can buy bagged compost from any of our recycling centres.

You can still buy compost from Nantycaws, if you are using a vehicle which requires a permit or is banned from entering our recycling centres. Turn right as you enter from the access road and report to the weigh-bridge office.

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I live in a shared house, can I still apply if someone else has already applied in the property?

Yes you will be able to apply for a permit. You are considered to be living in a shared house, if you live with unrelated individuals at the same property.

Along with your permit application, you will need:

  • A copy of your V5C
  • A council tax bill

If your council tax bill is issued to your landlord instead, you can still apply for a permit, however we will have to carry out further checks on your application. 

 

 

 

 

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