0300 003 1118or 01228 518129

Apply for a Household Waste Recycling Centre Permit

To apply for a Household Waste Recycling Centre permit, either:

  • Call the Permit Helpline on 0300 003 1118 (or 01228 518129), or
  • Complete the online form below.

Not everyone needs a permit to use the recycling facility. Cumbrian residents wishing to use a recycling centre in a normal 4-wheel car do not need a permit, even with a trailer (provided it is no longer than 3m and has a single axle). However householders wishing to use vans, pickups, crew-cabined, utility and/or 2 axle trailers (up to 3m/10ft in length) do need to apply for a permit.

The following are NOT allowed on any of the HWRC’s in Cumbria;

  • Trailers with more than 2 axles or longer than 3m/10ft
  • Vehicles with more than 4 wheels (including twin-wheeled on rear axle).
  • Any vehicle with a tipping mechanism.

Please note that it is the householder that is required to apply for a permit. If you are clearing a house due to exceptional circumstances (eg: bereavement) please call the Permit Helpline on 0300 003 1118 or 01228 518129 who can advise you on this.

There are 3 types of permit that can be applied for;

  • General Waste Permit  - This is for one visit during a 31 day period. Householders can apply for one per household, per month.
  • Annual Recycling Permit – Valid for a year for the recyclables listed depending on choice of site. These may include any or all of the following; Green Garden Waste, Cardboard, Glass (jars & bottles, clear, green & brown), Plastics, Paper & Magazines, Tins & Cans and Clothing & Textiles.
  • Pedestrian Permit – This is for local residents wishing to arrive at the site on foot to dispose of their household waste & recyclables and is valid indefinitely.

For a full explanation of the recycling scheme please read the Household Waste Recycling Scheme page on this site. For further information please also refer to the FAQ pages.

If you have any queries regarding the scheme, please call the Permit Helpline on 0300 003 1118 or 01228 518129.



  • Trade Waste is NOT accepted at any of our Household Waste Recycling Centres, it is strictly for the disposal of your own household waste only.
  • If you are applying for a permit for ASBESTOS (hazardous waste), don’t apply online, you will need to call the helpline on 0300 003 1118.
  • Plasterboard/Gypsum based waste is only accepted at the following sites: Carlisle, Penrith, Maryport, Frizington, Kendal & Barrow.

* Required Fields

Name and contact details

Postal address

Pedestrian permit


Vehicle details


Trailer details


Permit details


When providing a description of the waste you wish to dispose of, please include by name, a list of any large items, electrical goods and a description of any other items being taken (eg: 2 wardrobes, 1 sofa, 1 fridge, bagged dustbin refuse). Please do not use terms such as ‘general’, ‘household’ or ‘etc.’ as this will probably require further clarification and may result in a delay in the issuing of the permit.

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