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Apply for a waste permit

Vans, pick-ups and cars with trailers, and any vehicle bringing asbestos, chemicals or liquid paint, require a waste permit to visit a recycling and household waste site.

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    Weekends: Weekends are usually quite busy and we're expecting to run out of capacity for some waste types at some sites. Before setting off, check our Twitter or Facebook for the latest updates, and please note:

    • we're experiencing staff shortages due to infection and illness and continue to have challenges recruiting.
    • while we plan for busy periods, we urge you to think about when you plan to visit your waste site to avoid delays and check our website for opening hours before setting off.
    • sometimes we're unable to accept certain materials and, in extreme cases, may have to close sites until there is sufficient capacity to run them safely.

    Bottesford site will open for 2 days every 2 weeks from Friday 10 June. Market Harborough site will be closed Thursdays and Fridays from Thursday 9 June.

      Somerby waste site currently closed due to staffing shortages.

      Compost bags are currently only available from Whetstone.

      Check if you need a waste permit

      Appointments are no longer required to visit a waste site, but you'll need a permit if you're using a:

      • Van, pick-up truck or any vehicle designed or altered to carry goods, including 4x4s, car derived vans and tippers*

      • Trailer 4 foot 6 inches (1.37 metres) long or over (from front board to back board)*

      *Vehicle types requiring a waste permit  Opens new windowPlease note: No vehicles weighing more than 7.5 tonnes are permitted at any of the waste sites.


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      Apply for a household waste permit online

      • Permits are available to Leicestershire county residents only. The online application will not proceed if you live in the city or neighbouring counties.
      • There is one online application process, just select the type of permit you need.
      • Permits are free of charge.
      • Permits are valid for one recycling and household waste site.
      • Permits are valid for 14 days from the start date you choose, during which you can visit the site at any time within opening hours.
      • Permits are emailed to you the day before the start date.
      • Permits are registered to one person and one vehicle – they are non-transferable.
      • Household chemical waste permit applications require approval and are not processed during weekends, so please allow sufficient time for the permit to be processed.
      • You must have the permit before attending the waste site.

      Online application process for waste permits

      Apply for a waste permit using a 'Self' account - if you already have one, click the green button below to start your application.

      If you don't have a Self account yet, just Sign up using your email address:

      • You will receive a verification email (check spam/junk folders) - just click the link in the email to verify your account. Add your name and address in the profile form and click Submit.

      You can complete online applications at any time by following the link below and logging in. See a list of your application(s) in the My Requests area.

      Apply online for a waste permit Log in with your Self account details

      Booking online is quicker and easier, but if you don’t have an email address and require a waste permit, please contact our customer services team. Call waiting times might be considerable as we regularly deal with high numbers of calls during this time.

      Changes to vehicle ownership or address

      Household waste permits are short term and don't need updating.

      Renewing a waste permit

      You apply for a new permit as and when you need one, you cannot renew a permit.

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