Recycling centre vehicle restriction vouchers

Vehicle and trailer restrictions apply at all household waste recycling centres in Warwickshire. The voucher scheme enables some residents to use vehicles otherwise excluded by the vehicle and trailer restrictions.

Vouchers are only valid for residents whose sole means of transport is a small car-derived van or pick-up.  If another, unrestricted, vehicle is registered to the same address, vouchers will not be issued.

Please note: These restrictions apply to vehicles carrying household waste.  Commercial waste is accepted on a chargeable basis. Residents who live in the Cotswold District (Gloucestershire) or Staffordshire can also apply for vehicle vouchers for Shipston-upon-Stour and Lower House Farm recycling centres respectively. To find out if a vehicle is restricted and if you need to apply for vehicle vouchers, please use the sections below.


Vehicle requirements/restrictions

VehicleImageVehicle detailsRequirements/restrictions
CarNo vouchers required
Car and trailer, single axle, unbrakedUp to 1.83m (6 feet) in lengthNo vouchers required
Van or pickupUp to 2.2 tonnesEligible to apply for 6 vouchers/year
Caravanettes, people carriers and minibusesNo voucher is required if seats are not removed – otherwise 4 vouchers/year
Twin cab pick-up or large 4×4Between 2.2 and 3.5 tonnesEligible to apply for 4 vouchers/year
Commercial vehiclecommercialvanOver 2.2 tonnesNot permitted
Van and trailerNot permitted
Pick-up and trailerNot permitted

Please note: 4×4 vehicles including Range Rovers will be treated as a car and will not require a voucher – provided they have windows in the sides of the rear compartment and have rear seats. > Back to top


Vouchers for small vans

Vouchers to use the Recycling Centres are available FREE of charge for Warwickshire residents, whose only means of transport is a car-derived van or pick-up with a gross vehicle weight of up to 2.2 tonnes (this information can usually be found on the VC5 vehicle registration document). Successful applicants will be granted six vouchers – enabling the delivery of household waste in the registered vehicle for up to six visits per year. Vouchers will not be granted to applicants if there are other, non-restricted vehicles registered to the same address. Either owned by the applicant or other members of the same household. > Back to top


Commercial waste

Visitors to the recycling centres whose vehicles aren’t eligible for free vouchers may be able to deposit waste materials as paid-for commercial waste, please check the ‘Drop off services’ section of our commercial waste page for more information. Information on private disposal sites can be found in the yellow pages. > Back to top


Vouchers for twin cab pick-ups

If your household’s only vehicle is a twin cab pick-up, you may qualify for four vouchers a year. You will not be eligible for vouchers if you or other members of your household have access to a car in addition to a twin cab pick-up. > Back to top


Apply for a vehicle vouchers

HWRC Vehicle Voucher Information Leaflet and Application Form (PDF, 663.26 KB) Fill in the application form, to apply for vehicle vouchers. You must return the completed and signed application form by post to Waste Management. A copy of your VC5 vehicle registration document must also be enclosed. If you are applying for vouchers for your company vehicle, you must also enclose a letter from your employer stating that personal use of the vehicle is permitted. Copies of the vehicle voucher application form are also available on request at all household waste recycling centres. > Back to top


Terms and conditions

  • Vouchers will not be issued for transit type vehicles or any vehicle which has a legal gross weight of over 3.5 tonnes;
  • Vouchers will not be issued for hired or borrowed vans;
  • Vehicle vouchers do not allow you to dispose or commercial (trade) waste;
  • The issuing of vouchers does not allow unlimited quantities of waste to be deposited at household waste recycling centres;
  • Building waste is not classified as household waste and will not be accepted free of charge.

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Vehicle and trailer restrictions policy

Vehicle and trailer restrictions apply at all household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) in Warwickshire. The policy applies to anyone who uses:

  • a van;
  • a commercial type vehicle;
  • a pick up or large 4×4.

The policy restricts the delivery of all types of waste to all household waste recycling centres in Warwickshire in the above vehicles.  The aim of the policy is to stem the unlawful deposits of trade and commercial waste being disposed of as household waste which would incur additional annual disposal costs, to Warwickshire County Council, of more than £1 million. HWRC Vehicle Restriction Policy (PDF, 133.67 KB) Trailers with an internal bed length up to and including 1.83 metres (6 feet) pulled by a car are accepted at all Warwickshire Recycling Centres.  In addition to a maximum internal bed length of 1.83m, trailers should also be un-braked, single axle and 750kg maximum gross weight.

Trailers larger than 1.83 metres (6 feet) will be accepted on a chargeable basis at Princes Drive household waste recycling centre and Hunters Lane household waste recycling centre.

Exemption for longer trailers carrying green waste

Trailers up to 2.5 metres in length are permitted for the disposal of unaccompanied compostable green waste on weekdays before 12 Noon (not Bank Holidays). Besides a maximum of 2.5m, trailers qualifying for this exemption should also be un-braked, single axle and 750kg maximum gross weight. > Back to top


Recycling centre vehicle restriction vouchers was last updated on August 8, 2017.


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