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Chelson Meadow Recycling Centre
Dept. of Development
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
Phone :
01752 304080
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Fax :
01752 481111


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Van and trailer permits

The van permit system has been extended to include trailers and the number of tips per year for large vans has been reduced. Changes in opening hours and limits to the amount of soil and rubble per household have also been introduced.

  • Vans are not allowed at Weston Mill Household Waste Recycling Centre
  • Vans towing trailers are not allowed into Chelson Meadow Household Waste Recycling Centre

We will not issue permits for the following:

  • Hire vans
  • Vans and vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, fully laden
  • Trailers over 3 metres in length
  • Anyone that lives outside of the Plymouth area

Please note

  • Permits are not transferable to other vehicles/households – please let us know if you change your vehicle or your address, there is no charge for updating your permit
  • We reserve the right to withdraw a permit at any time
  • The permit will be issued free of charge, but if you lose it, we will charge £10 for a replacement

Permits will only be issued to Plymouth residents. One permit per household for either a van or a trailer.

Why have these changes been introduced?

The household waste recycling centres are for Plymouth residents to dispose of their household waste free of charge. Unfortunately, we know that unscrupulous traders are using the centres to avoid paying trade waste charges which is illegal and unfair to other businesses. We are also aware that people that live outside the city are using our centres. The changes have been introduced to deter misuse of the sites and to prevent Plymouth Council Tax payers picking up costs that should be paid by traders and neighbouring local authorities.

For further information please read the document below.

Who can apply for a van/trailer permit?

Plymouth residents can apply for a permit to dispose of their own personal waste with either:

  • a car towing a trailer up to 3 metres long, or
  • private individuals who own private vans under 3.5 tonnes, fully laden.

Applying for a permit

Permits are free of charge and only issued at Chelson Meadow Recycling Centre. Applicants will need to apply in person with a completed application and proof of residency and vehicle ownership during office opening hours.

Office opening hours

  • Monday to Thursday 8am to 4pm
  • Friday 8am to 3.30pm

The office is closed for lunch from 12 noon to 1pm.

Application form

Application forms are available from the Green House, Chelson Meadow Recycling Centre during office opening hours or you can download a form below.

Documents required

  • Proof of residency in Plymouth (evidence of address) - for example recent utility bill, driving licence, Council Tax statement
  • Proof of vehicle ownership (V5 registration document). If the vehicle is registered to a company please provide a letter on official headed paper giving permission for the vehicle to visit Chelson Meadow, also stating that the permit will be used for the disposal of your own personal household waste and acknowledged that under no circumstances will business/trade waste be disposed of using the permit

The van or trailer must be brought to the Chelson Meadow Recycling Centre for staff to view, measure and categorise.

A permit is valid for 12 months and is issued according to the size of a van and the length of a trailer. Please refer to the tip allocations below.

Tip allocations

Transport type Maximum number of tips per year Maximum number of tips per year to deposit soil/rubble
Small Van (Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa) 12 3 of the allocated 12 tips
Large Van (Ford Transit, Vauxhall Movano) 6 1 of the allocated 6 tips
Small Trailer (under 1.8 metres long) 12 3 of the allocated 12 tips
Large Trailer (1.8 metres long and over - up to a maximum 3 metres long) 6 1 of the allocated 6 tips

If you require any further information please contact us on 01752 304080 or email