Recycling centre permits are bright orange and will permit you to take your van or trailer to sites in and around the county town but has it got a 30 September expiry date? Do not worry or get a new permit; the scheme is rolling on unchanged.
If you are a permit holder in Taunton, you’re being told by Somerset Waste Partnership to ignore the 30 September 2019 expiry date and continue using your existing card or the emailed confirmation on your 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.
If you provided SWP with an email address for future updates, you should have been sent full information about the scheme continuing unchanged. Permits have successfully helped cut congestion, crime and waste levels, maintained safety and efficiency, and contributed to Taunton Deanes long-term fall in fly-tipping.
After recycling centre 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 approximately 1.6m visits a year.
Residents in and around Taunton 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 the Somerset Waste Partnership.
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. To keep up to date with recycling sites and more, sign up to the SWP newsletter or follow Somersetwaste on Facebook or Twitter.
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