Recycling centre booking system for vans

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Tuesday 25 January 2022


Book your slot to visit a recycling centre in a van

If you want to visit an Essex recycling centre in a van (including pick-up trucks and any vehicle towing a trailer with more than one axle), you will need to book a slot in advance. Any vehicle that is 3,500kg (3.5 tonnes) or over, agricultural vehicles, horse boxes/trailers and tipping flatbeds are not accepted at any of the recycling centres in Essex.

What Essex County Council defines as a van, pick-up or large trailer.

Please remember, recycling centres only accept household waste and limits apply on DIY and construction waste.

Book your slot to visit a recycling centre

There is no charge to book, but you need to make a booking each time you visit.

You can watch a quick tutorial of how to make a booking here.

When making the booking, you will be able to select the recycling centre you wish to visit. Once you have chosen your recycling centre, a calendar will appear displaying the time slots. Fully booked slots will be greyed out, and available slots will be green.

Once your booking is complete you will receive a confirmation email. Please bring the booking confirmation and proof of address. Only residents of the Essex County Council area* will be allowed access. If you are unsure of your local council area you can check here.

* Residents from nearby areas in Suffolk or Hertfordshire can also visit the sites. This is thanks to reciprocal partnerships with Suffolk County Council and Hertfordshire County Council allowing cross-border use. Essex residents wishing to visit a Hertfordshire recycling centre will need to apply for a free annual permit.

Please note:

  • Booking slots will be made available for up to three weeks in advance.
  • Bookings will close in advance to allow for a detailed list to be provided to the sites and administrative teams.
  • To ensure fair usage, we ask residents to limit visits to one booking per week.
  • Bookings will be for an hour long time slot. You can arrive at your designated recycling centre at any point within this time slot. However please be aware you have 20 minutes to unload your vehicle once on site. If you are planning to visit towards the end of your time slot, please note you must arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the end of your slot.
  • Users should ensure their vehicle is safely parked with the engine off before displaying their booking confirmation on their mobile device.
  • Vans, pick-ups and twin-axle trailers are not permitted to access the sites before 9:30am and after 4:30pm between 1 March and 15 October, and before 9:30am and after 3:30pm between 16 October and end of February.
  • A booking slot does not allow priority access. If you arrive and there is a queue, please do not try and skip the queue as you will be refused access.
  • If you miss your slot, you may need to book another slot to visit at another time.
  • If you do not have access to the internet, bookings can be made free of charge on a public computer at a local library, where booking confirmations can also be printed.
  • If you do not have access to the internet, you can also phone the Essex County Council contact centre on 0345 743 0430 Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm who will make the booking on your behalf. 

Any vans that park up outside and attempt to walk waste in will be reported and refused entry.

If you are a Blue Badge holder or visiting as a pedestrian or cyclist, you do not need to book a slot. 

Normal site rules apply. Small recycling centres do not accept vans. 

How to cancel a booking

If you would like to cancel your booking, the booking confirmation email contains a link called 'return to my booking'. If you click this link, you will be able to follow the instructions to cancel your booking.

Recycling centres that accept vans

The booking system for vans is only applicable to the nine sites in Essex that accept vans (including pick-ups and large trailers). These are:

Further information

What does Essex County Council define as a van, pick-up or large trailer?

Recycling centre booking system terms and conditions

Find your nearest recycling centre

Find out how and where to dispose of your unwanted items