New online van permit scheme for Household Waste Recycling Centres

A new online automated van permit system will help save time for residents wanting to take their waste to the Household Waste Recycling Centre (tip/dump) in a van. The online system will replace the current paper-based permits, which are vulnerable to misuse, take time to arrive in the post and cost Hertfordshire County Council time and money to administer.

Van drivers will be able to apply for and receive a permit immediately, even from the site itself.

Terry Hone, Hertfordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Waste Management, said: “The new online permit system will make it easier for householders who need to take a van load of waste to the recycling centre occasionally, while also making it easier for us to stop traders dumping waste that they should be paying to dispose of commercially.

“I’m particularly pleased that people will be able to get a permit on the spot. We’ve had some problems in the past with residents being turned away just because they don’t have the right paperwork. This online system will put a stop to that and make sure that people can recycle their waste easily.”

Each approved application will be given a unique code and assigned 12 visits only a year. Site operatives will then key in this code to check the customer’s eligibility to tip and record waste types brought to site by use of smartphones. A confirmation email will be sent after each visit, counting down the number of visits left on the permit. It will also automatically prompt customers to renew the permit at the end of the 12-month period.

If you would like to know more about your local HWRC (tip/dump), including locations, opening hours and what materials are accepted, please visit our Recycling centres page.