October 1, 2016
New permits scheme to launch for users of Highbridge recycling centre

Residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area will have to have a new recycling permit if they use their trailer, van or pick-up to deliver waste at Highbridge's Isleport recycling centre when new measures come into force on Monday 3rd October.

Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) says permits to use recycling sites will be needed for trailers of up to three metres floor length towed by cars, vans of up to 3.5 tonnes, and pick-ups. Trailers towed by vans or pick-ups cannot have a permit or access sites.

"Most customers’ vehicles – cars, including saloons, estates, 4x4s, people carriers, campervans – not towing a trailer, will NOT need any permit and can continue to use recycling sites exactly as before for household waste. The only change you should notice is fewer delays," said a spokesman.

"You will need a free permit if, for taking household waste to a recycling site, you use a van of up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight (GVW), a pick-up, or a trailer of three metres internal length or less with a single axle. Permits allow use at open sites on weekdays and 1pm-4pm on Saturdays."

"The aim is to cut recycling site congestion, improve services and enhance safety."

"Our aim is a swift, smooth and safe recycling site visit every time for all Somerset residents; getting many more vehicles out of their way will be a great help."

Applications for the free pernits must be made online at or via libraries for those without internet access.


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