Decision details

Household Recycling Centre (HRC) Vehicle Access Policy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Review of legacy policy controlling access to HRCs. This includes the use of vans, hire vans, trailers and other vehicle types. Policy is applicable to all Dorset Council wards. A public consultation has been conducted to inform outcomes.





That the following changes to the Household Recycling Centre (HRC) Vehicle Access Policy:-


(a)  That sole vehicle visits are limited to 12 visits per year, this is currently unlimited. Sole vehicles are when there is only one vehicle belonging to a household and this vehicle requires a permit. This vehicle cannot be commercially registered, or sign written.

(b)  That weekend access for limited entry permits is allowed and increase visits to six per year. Limited entry permits are defined by the policy for where there is more than one vehicle belonging to a household or the vehicle is commercially registered, or sign written. Currently only three visits are permitted.

(c)  That dual crew cab, ‘pick up’ type vehicles are added to in the ‘needs a permit’ list That an annual declaration for permit renewal is required rather than automatic renewal of all permits


It is anticipated that these changes will be implemented from 1 April 2022 after appropriate communication with residents.


Reason for the decision


Evidence provided from public consultation and officer assessment had identified that the existing vehicle access policy requires refinement. The amendments sought to provide a fairer approach to accessing HRCs by legitimate users to deposit their household waste alongside limiting the potential for trade waste abuse.


Decision - Household Recycling Centre (HRC Vehicle Access Policy) - Dorset Council

Report author: Gemma Clinton

Publication date: 08/12/2021

Date of decision: 07/12/2021

Decided at meeting: 07/12/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 16/12/2021

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