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Waste permits

You must apply for a free permit before you visit one of our household waste recycling centres if you:

  • use a van
  • use a car-derived van - please visit the gov.uk website for guidance if you are unsure if your vehicle meets this description
  • use a car with a trailer
  • use a 4x4 vehicle with a trailer
  • use a 4x4 vehicle with rear panels in the place of windows or no rear seats
  • use a pickup with a rear flatbed (covered or uncovered)
  • use a minibus
  • use a campervan

The odd and even number plate system still applies, and there are restrictions on the types of waste you can bring.

You will be required to show your permit and driving licence as proof of identity in the window of your vehicle when you arrive at the site. Please keep your windows closed.

A single permit is needed for each visit. Permits should be printed, you can choose to receive the permit by post or by email and print it out yourself. Each permit is valid for 28 days, starting from the date you specify. 

A maximum of 12 permits can be applied for each year.

Apply for a permit

We issue permits to Gateshead and Sunderland residents. Sunderland residents can only use the Campground centre.

Vehicles which don't need a permit

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  • cars
  • estates and people carriers
  • 4x4 vehicles
  • Registered mobility / wheelchair accessible vehicles under 5.5 metres

Vehicles which do need a permit

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  • vans
  • cars with a trailer
  • 4x4 vehicles with a trailer
  • car-derived vans - please visit the gov.uk website for guidance if you are unsure if your vehicle meets this description
  • 4x4 vehicles with rear panels in the place of windows or no rear seats
  • pickups with a rear flatbed (covered or uncovered)
  • minibuses
  • campervans

Vehicles not allowed on site

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  • box type vans
  • flat bed trucks
  • horseboxes
  • agricultural vehicles
  • any van with a trailer, including car-derived vans
  • 4x4 vehicles with rear panels and a trailer
     

Before you apply for a permit, please be aware that

  • the applicant must be the driver of the vehicle
  • vehicles must be 5.5 metres or under in length bumper-to-bumper
  • trailers must be 3 metres or under in length from tow bar to end
  • there is a limit of one tonne per load no matter what vehicle or trailer you use
  • the driver of the vehicle must have insurance to drive it
  • vehicle and waste details must match those on the permit
  • waste must come from your own property and not from a business
  • waste must not be hazardous
  • pedestrian access is prohibited to stop people from parking up outside the site and carrying their waste in
  • permits should be printed and shown to staff on site
  • a single permit is required per site visit, although residents may request up to 3 permits per application
  • permits are valid for 28 days starting from the date you specify when you apply
  • possession of a permit does not guarantee entry into the site

Contact us

Customer Services
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Gateshead
NE8 1HH

0191 433 7000

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