Residents in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being urged to sign up for new recycling permits if they use their trailers, vans or pick-ups to deliver waste at Highbridge’s Isleport recycling centre where new measures start 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.”

With permits taking 10 working days to arrive, there are just a few days remaining for those who need a permit for their van, pick-up or trailer to apply and be sure it will arrive in good time before the new measures start at 8am on Monday, October 3rd. If they do not do this, they won’t be allowed to deposit waste.

“As the permits last for three years it is vital you get all the details right now to make sure you can still use the centres,” said the spokesman.

“Application numbers are now climbing past 5,000, so anyone else needing a permit should go online soon to be sure they have their permit in good time.”

“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.