Renfrewshire Council

From 2nd April 2018, residents who wish to visit a Household Waste Recycling Centre in a commercial style vehicle must apply for a permit prior to entry. If you use any of the vehicles in the table below to bring waste to the HWRC you will need a permit. You will not require a permit if you are visiting by car, unless you are towing a trailer.

Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) Permit

Renfrewshire Councils Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC's) are for household waste only; we cannot accept commercial waste to the sites under any circumstances.

As the cost of waste disposal increases year on year, we have identified that some commercial traders are trying to access our HWRC's to dispose of their waste for free.

The vast majority of trade waste being delivered to recycling centres in commercial type vehicles such as vans (liveried and non liveried), pickups or vehicles with trailers attached.

As such we are introducing a permit system for these vehicle types:

Mini bus    Pickup

Small van    Transit   


Vehicles ALLOWED on site with a permitVehicle NOT ALLOWED on site
VansVehicle with more than four wheels
PickupsVehicles over 3,500 gross weight
Car, van or pickup with a trailer less than 1.8m long x 1.2m wideVehicles with a trailer more than 1.8m long x 1.2m wide
Mini bus (8 - 11 seats)Vehicles with twin axle trailers
 Vehicles with ANY commercial waste
 Tipper vehicles

How to get a permit

  • Before applying for a permit residents are advised of the following terms and conditions (below) for the access to the Recycling Centres and must agree to them before their application.
  • You will be asked to complete a commercial waste declaration stating the waste you are tipping has not been generated by commercial activity.
  • You can apply for a permit using the application form in the 'Related Document's section of this webpage; at any of the Household Waste Recycling Centres; or alternatively print off and complete the application form and bring it with you.

ID requirements

  • You will need to bring photographic ID and proof of residency e.g Council tax or utility bill, to support your application.
  • Failure to produce any of these documents may result in refusal to tip.

DIY waste

  • DIY waste (or construction and demolition waste) is large amounts of waste that is generated through building or renovation work in your home or garden.
  • By law waste types, such as DIY waste, that you may produce through building or renovation work in your home or garden are classed as 'non-household waste' and Renfrewshire Council does not have to accept these waste types free of charge.

Waste inspection

  • All waste brought to the site may be subject to inspection by an Enforcement Officer and if deemed to be commercial waste access will be rejected.
  • Renfrewshire Council reserves the right to undertake investigations relating to the waste which is presented at the HWRC and to restrict access if false or inaccurate information is provided to Council staff or through the online booking service.

Terms and Conditions

  • Renfrewshire Recycling Facility is for use only by residents of Renfrewshire who wish to deposit waste materials from their own property.
  • It is illegal to deposit trade or commercial waste at the Renfrewshire Recycling Facility.
  • The permit system applies to all Type B vehicles including hire vehicles and commercial vehicles on loan from a place of work.
  • Permits are not transferable.
  • Permits are valid for the date indicted on the permit ONLY
  • Permits are valid for the vehicle indicted on the permit ONLY
  • All waste brought to Renfrewshire Recycling Facility will potentially be subject to a visual inspection by the Site Attendants and Enforcement officer
  • The Site Attendants reserve the right to refuse access to the site if it is suspected that the waste is commercial in origin (booking does not give automatic right to tip).
  • Residents are asked to pay attention to all signage on site with regards to health and safety of residents and staff.
  • Residents are asked to follow the advice of the Site Attendants and site signage in order to use the facilities on site.
  • Any abuse, bullying or violent behaviour towards any of our site staff will not be tolerated.
  • CCTV is in operation at the site. Information collected will be used for monitoring access to the site, and it may be shared with other organisations for the purpose of investigating breaches of waste regulations and the prevention and detection of crime.
  • Renfrewshire Council reserve the right to undertake investigations regarding the origin of any wastes presented and to restrict access to its site if false or inaccurate information is provided.
  • Renfrewshire Council reserves the right to refuse or cancel the permit if provided with false or misleading information.

Further information

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information, if you're still not sure if you need a permit contact us.


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