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Special rules

In addition to limits on some materials, there are some restrictions you need to be aware of if you wish to use our Sort It recycling centres.

Vehicle registration

All vehicles used to take waste to the Sort It recycling centres must be registered. If your vehicle is not registered it will be turned away from site.


Trailers smaller than two metres in length can use the sites at Yate, Mangotsfield, and Thornbury.

Trailers are not allowed at the Little Stoke Sort It recycling centre at any time.


Vans must be registered to use the Sort It recycling centres. Check your vehicle type before you register.

Large vans can access the Sort It recycling centres at the following times only:

  • Monday to Friday 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Saturday 8:30am – 12:00noon
  • Sunday – no access

Vehicles weighing more that 3.5 tonnes are not allowed at any of the sites at any time.

There is a 1.8 metre height restriction at the Little Stoke Sort It recycling centre.

Business and commercial waste cannot be disposed of at the Sort It recycling centres at any time.

Pedestrian and cyclist access to Sort It recycling centres

The tips/recycling centres are designed for vehicles and are dangerous if you walk or cycle without making an appointment. If you are unable to travel by car and want to walk or cycle to the sites you must call the site you wish to use first to arrange a time to meet a member of staff at the entrance.

Pedestrian and cyclist access to Sort It recycling centres procedure

Carrying waste for others

If you have a neighbour or relative living in South Gloucestershire who is unable to take their own domestic waste to their local Sort It recycling centre (due to mobility or transport problems) you may take their materials to site on their behalf. Our policy is to ensure these sites are available only to South Gloucestershire residents so you can register your vehicle to the address of the person you are assisting as long as the waste is from their property and you bring proof of residency. If you are being paid to transport waste on behalf of another person, you cannot dispose of it at the Sort It recycling centres and should dispose of it as commercial waste. Please ensure that any items that could be reused or recycled are separated from non-recyclable waste to speed up your journey.

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