Resident permits introduced at Calderdale Household Waste Recycling Centres

Household waste recycling site

Calderdale residents are now able to apply for a free permit which will be required to access Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in the borough. This is to ensure the sites are only being used by those living in Calderdale.

Calderdale Council manages five HWRC sites across the borough, in Halifax, Todmorden, Sowerby Bridge, Brighouse and Elland. These sites are operated by SUEZ on behalf of the Council.

Disposing of the waste deposited at these sites costs the Council a lot of money. By introducing a new permit scheme, it will ensure that only Calderdale residents are using the facilities, which will help to keeps costs down.

Residents can now apply for the permit at by following the prompts on the resident permit page. Alternatively, you can apply at your local library or Customer First office, with proof of identity, vehicle registration details and Council Tax reference number.

Every household will be able to apply for up to two permits and these will be linked to the resident via their council services account. 

The permit process is automatic, and so once applied for, residents will receive an email with their permit which they can show on their phone straight away, or print.

The scheme will be fully implemented later this year, with reminders at each site. Residents are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and will need to continue to bring proof of address to HWRCs, if they haven’t yet applied for their permit.

Calderdale Council’s Director of Public Services, Ian Day, said:

“We want to make sure that our HWRCs are only being used by Calderdale residents. The introduction of a permit scheme follows similar measures already in place in neighbouring council areas and ensures that people using Calderdale sites, live in Calderdale.

“We’re launching the application forms now, before the full introduction of the scheme in autumn this year. It’s a good idea to apply as soon as possible, and remember if you haven’t yet acquired a permit, you need to bring proof of address to the site.

“Having a permit will make the process of visiting one of our HWRC sites more straightforward, saving time at each visit and keeping costs down.”

Alongside the introduction of the resident permit, the van permit scheme that was in place pre-COVID will be reintroduced, meaning that any Calderdale residents visiting the recycling centres in a vehicle such as a van, twin axle trailer, or pick-up truck will be required to apply for a free van permit. This will make it easier for SUEZ staff, who run the centres on behalf of Calderdale Council, to identify residents disposing of household waste and recycling, as opposed to business waste which is required by law to be disposed of correctly at a licensed trade waste facility.

Gareth Richardson, SUEZ Contract General Manager, said:

“The schemes will make the process much simpler and easier for both residents and our staff, enabling us to increase our recycling performance.”

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