Business and Commercial Waste and Recycling Services

Charity Recycling and Waste

Producing Waste as a charity

Waste and recycling produced from the day to day business functions of a charity is classified as business waste and requires a commercial waste collection service.

Charity Permits for disposing of unusable and unsellable donations at the HWRCs

Un-reusable and Un-sellable donations made to charity's are classified as household waste for which a charge can be made (as per the Controlled Waste Regulations 2012). The council recognises the important contribution these organisations make to sustainable waste management through encouraging reuse and since donated items might otherwise have been disposed of by households, the council offers a permit scheme to Charity Shops for the disposal of un-reusable and un-sellable donations for free.

Each charity shop is entitled to two (2) permits per month to deposit waste that has arisen from charitable donations that are not reusable or resale able at a Household Waste Recycling Centre, at no charge.

This is not as an alternative to the normal method of collection/disposal of waste generated by the charity’s day to day business functions. For avoidance of doubt, this does not include waste generated by:

  • The day to day business operation and administration of the charity / charity shop;

  • Building work or maintenance of premises;

  • Clearance or maintenance of grounds belonging to the charity;

  • Furniture or other large items from house or office clearance;

  • Regular meetings of groups associated with the charity, which do not have a directly charitable purpose.

Terms and Conditions for Charity Permits

  1. Permits are for waste produced directly from donations that are either unsalable or reusable only.

  2. Each HWRC permit is valid for one load only (maximum acceptable vehicle size is 3.5 tonnes vehicle per permit). Two permits may be issued per month. The council in partnership with Amey reserves the right to reject any load that is deemed excessive or fails to meet the qualifying criteria.

  3. Permits must be requested 24 hours in advance of the proposed disposal date, will not be issued more than five business days in advance, and are valid for seven days after the date of issue.

  4. Permit numbers will be issued by the contact centre the permit number must be quoted at the HWRC for each visit.

  5. Copying or altering of permits numbers is not allowed.

  6. Permits are issued at the discretion of the council and may be refused if for example incorrect or incomplete information is supplied.

  7. HWRC staff have the right to refuse any load which does not meet the criteria or differs from that described on the permit.

  8. Prior to arriving at the HWRCs all loads must be separated into the required  recycling streams:

How to Apply

To apply for a charity permit call the contact centre on 01983 823777.

The contact centre will give you a reference number starting with 'iw'. 

This reference number must be quoted at the Meet and Greet point to gain entrance to the HWRC.