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What vehicles need to book a slot to visit the recycling centres

Monday 24 January 2022

Residents only need to book if they are visiting a recycling centre in a van, pick-up truck or any vehicle towing a trailer with more than one axle. If you are visiting in a car or as a pedestrian, you do not need to book a slot.

Essex County Council defines vans as medium-sized motor vehicles, and usually:

  • There will be no rear seats, rear seatbelts or mountings
  • There will be an area with floor panel in the rear of the vehicle
  • There will be no side windows in the rear of the vehicle (and if there are, they will be opaque and unable to open)

Please note this list is not exhaustive and is just an example.

A pick-up is a small van or a truck with low sides and/or an area of floor panel in the rear of the vehicle designed to carry a load.

We define a large trailer as a trailer with more than one axle.

Any vehicle that is over 3.5 tonnes, agricultural vehicles, horse boxes and tipping flatbeds are not accepted at any of the recycling centres in Essex.

The booking system is only applicable to the recycling centres that accept vans, pick-ups and large trailers. These are:

Vans, pick-ups and large trailers are not accepted at any other site, unless you are a Blue Badge holder.

Further information

Recycling centre booking system for vans

Recycling centre booking system for vans terms and conditions

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