Users of Highbridge’s Isleport Waste Recycling Centre who have one of these orange permits to take their van or trailer to the facilities have been told that they don’t need to get a new one if it shows a 30th September expiry date.

Somerset Waste Partnership, which runs local recycling centres, has this week said that all permit holders should ignore the 30th September 2019 expiry date and continue using their existing card or the emailed confirmation on their smartphone.

“The permit stays valid unless your details change, such as your address or vehicle – only then should you apply for a new permit and destroy the old card,” said spokesman Nick Cater.

“All permit applicants who provided SWP with an email address for future updates have been sent full information about the scheme continuing unchanged.”

Highbridge recycling centre on the Isleport Business Park

He adds that permits have successfully helped cut congestion, crime and waste levels, maintained safety and efficiency, and contributed to Somerset’s long-term reduction in fly-tipping.

After recycling site restrictions by all of Somerset’s neighbours, the permit scheme – using a card or email confirmation on a smart device – was launched to control congestion and keep sites operating safely and efficiently with 1.6m visits a year.

Somerset residents need permits to take household waste to a recycling site in a van, pick-up, campervan, mini-bus or similar large capacity vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes gross weight, or using a car-towed single-axle trailer of up to three metres’ floor length.

For details or to apply, with instant online confirmation to use until your new card arrives, visit https://www.somersetwaste.gov.uk/apply-for-a-permit.

The only things new for future permits are that they are a different colour – existing cards are orange; those being issued now are bright blue – and have no expiry date.

Opening times for Highbridge recycling centre