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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 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

A single permit is needed for each visit. Each permit is valid for 28 days, starting from the date you specify. You will need to show a driving licence as proof of identity. If you are using a hired vehicle then you'll need to show the hire agreement.

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

Vehicles which do need a permit

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  • vans
  • cars with a trailer
  • 4x4 vehicles with a trailer
  • 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
     

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
  • vans with trailers are not permitted
  • 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

 

Contact us

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

0191 433 7000

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