Recycling Centres FAQs

Page updated on: 24/10/2019

The following FAQs should answer any queries that you may have about using our recycling centres. Get in touch via the "Ask a question" tab if there is anything you need additional information about.

On average almost half of the contents of black bags in Carmarthenshire are recyclable. By separating this recyclable material we hope to increase our overall recycling rate, helping Carmarthenshire to achieve Welsh Government’s 64% recycling target by the end of this financial year and avoid a hefty fine.

We recommend that you sort your black bags at home before you come to the recycling centre. Separate items that can go in individual bins at the recycling centre such as glass, paper / cardboard, clothes and shoes, garden waste etc.

Many household items can also be recycled, either in your blue bag or your green food bin.

Check which items you can recycle in our A-Z of recycling.

We recommend that you sort your waste into recyclable and non-recyclable materials before coming to the recycling centre. Many household items can be recycled, either in your blue bag or your food waste bin.

Other items such as glass, clothes and small electrical items can be recycled at the recycling centre or smaller recycling banks.

Have a look at the A-Z of Recycling to find out what can be recycled.

If you bring black bags to the recycling centre you will have to sort them at one of our designated sorting stations. You will be provided with gloves, aprons, tongs and antibacterial spray and there will be labelled bins for you to put your recyclable materials in. There will be signs at the sorting stations explaining what you need to do, but if you are unsure, staff will be on hand to help.

If there are items in your black bag that cannot be recycled and you are not comfortable opening the bag at the recycling centre, please place the bag out for collection at the kerbside.

Any black bags that you bring to the recycling centre will have to be opened.

There is a designated sorting area at all of our recycling centres. You can place your recyclable items into labelled bins in these areas. If you’re not sure what to do our staff are on hand to help you.

We recommend that you sort your black bags at home before you come to the recycling centre. Many household items can be recycled, either in your blue bag or your food waste bin.

Other items such as glass and clothes can be recycled at the recycling centre or smaller recycling banks. Separate these before you come ready to place them in the correct area/bin.

Check which items you can recycle on our A-Z of recycling.

Most household items can be recycled, either in your blue bag, your food waste bin, at recycling banks or in our recycling centres. Anything that can be recycled is not allowed in your black bags.

Some items however cannot be recycled and should go in your black bag. This includes things like cat litter, tissues, kitchen/bathroom wipes and pet food pouches.

Check which items you can recycle on our A-Z of recycling.

Summer (April to September) 8.30am – 6.00pm 

Winter (October to March) 8.30 – 4.00pm

Our centres are provided for Carmarthenshire residents only, we have introduced residency checks to ensure we make efficient use of our resources to provide the best service to our residents. You will need to have one of the following with you to show to the attendant at the site entrance:

  • Driving licence
  • Your current Council Tax bill
  • A utility bill, (no older than 3 months)

Our recycling centres are for the use of Carmarthenshire residents to dispose of household waste only. The introduction of a free permit system has helped us to ensure that businesses are not using the recycling centres illegally to dispose of commercial waste

Depending on the type of vehicle you are using, you may be required to apply for a free permit to use the recycling centres. The permit will allow you to access any recycling centre in Carmarthenshire up to 12 times per year.

Your permit will be registered against the vehicle that you drive. On arrival at the recycling centre, a member of staff will check your permit details against those of your vehicle, and remove one of the 12 permit tabs to show that it has been used.

Each visit to the recycling centre is counted separately, even if you visit multiple times on the same day.

Check if you need a permit

The free permit scheme applies at all of our recycling centres. Whether you will need a permit or not depends on the type of vehicle you are bringing to the recycling centre. If you do require a permit, you can apply online.

Check if you need a permit

The free permit scheme applies at all of our recycling centres. Whether you need a permit or not depends on the type of vehicle you are bringing to the recycling centre.

Check if you need a permit 

Agricultural vehicles, vehicles over 3.5 tonnes including box and panelled vans, horseboxes, tippers, flatbeds, caged vehicles and drop/curtain sided vehicles are not allowed in the recycling centres.

Any vehicles towing a trailer more than 2.44 metres/8ft bed length regardless of number of axles will also not be allowed in.  Panelled vans 3.5 tonnes or under and single cab pickups are not permitted to tow any trailers in the recycling centres.

If your vehicle requires a permit you can apply online. You will need to provide the following information:

  • Your details
  • Vehicle details
  • Copy/scan of all pages of your V5C vehicle log book
  • Proof of address - You only need to send one proof of address which could be a copy of your council tax bill, utility bill (less than 3 months old) or driver’s licence. 

Check if you need a permit Apply for a permit

You will need to provide a copy of your vehicle’s V5C log book as well as a proof of address document that corresponds to the address registered on your V5C.

For proof of address we accept the following documents:

  • Driving licence
  • Your Council Tax bill
  • A utility bill, (no older than 3 months)

When a fully completed application form with supporting documents is received and validated, permits will be issued within 10 working days.

If you’re using the facilities with a short term hired van you will be allowed to dispose of household waste only. The recycling centres cannot accept commercial waste.

You will need to provide a copy of the rental agreement and proof of residency to the site attendant. The hire agreement must be for 3 days or less. 

For proof of residency we accept the following documents:

  • Driving licence
  • Your Council Tax bill
  • A utility bill, (no older than 3 months)

Trailers are permitted with restrictions.  The maximum size is 2.44 metres (8 foot) bed length, regardless of number of axles.  To see which vehicles are permitted with trailers please use our vehicle guide.

Check if you need a permit

No, our recycling centres cannot accept business waste, which must be disposed of using a licensed facility meeting Duty of Care requirements.  Nantycaws Transfer Station, Carmarthen has facilities for household and business waste and there are also a number of licensed private sites which can be found online by searching ‘waste transfer stations in my area’.  Most facilities that accept commercial waste will charge for disposal.

Depositing commercial waste at the HWRC sites is a criminal offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and could result in an unlimited fine and up to 5 years imprisonment.

Adapted vehicles for disabled use will be able to access the sites.  If you believe your adapted vehicle falls into the permit category, please contact us before applying for a permit.

No, permits are registered to your own vehicle, so cannot be transferred

Your permit starts from the month that you receive it and you cannot visit more than 12 times during any 12 month period. You will still be able to use the recycling centre with any vehicle that does not require a permit e.g car, 4x4, SUV, people carrier etc.

After 12 months from the date of issue of your previous permit you will be able to re-apply for a new permit.

If your permit has been lost or stolen please let us know. Once we have verified your information we will reissue the number of tickets that you had remaining. Remember if you have already used all 12 of your permit tickets you will not be able to renew until 12 months from the original date of issue.

Report a lost/stolen permit

No, it will remain in effect until you have used all 12 visits.

No, our sites are provided for Carmarthenshire residents only and residency checks are in place.   Anyone who has a Carmarthenshire council tax bill, needs to bring this as proof of residency.

Yes, if your vehicle is carrying household waste, and is an allowed vehicle type as explained on our vehicle guide.

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You can apply for a permit if the vehicle is registered to a business, as long as you have the company’s permission to use the vehicle for personal use and you are only transporting household waste.

Along with your completed permit application, you will need to provide us with the following:

  • A company headed letter, from your employer stating you have permission to use the vehicle for personal use
  • Copy/scan of the V5C vehicle log book – which shows the name and address the vehicle is registered to.
  • Proof of address - You only need to send one proof of address which could be a copy of your council tax bill, utility bill (less than 3 months old) or driving licence. 

Apply for a permit

As long as your vehicle is not on our banned vehicles list, you can buy bagged compost from any of our recycling centres.

You can still buy compost from Nantycaws, if you are using a vehicle which requires a permit or is banned from entering our recycling centres. Turn right as you enter from the access road and report to the weigh-bridge office.

Check if you need a permit

Yes you will be able to apply for a permit. You are considered to be living in a shared house, if you live with unrelated individuals at the same property.

Along with your permit application, you will need:

  • A copy of your V5C
  • A council tax bill

If your council tax bill is issued to your landlord instead, you can still apply for a permit, however we will have to carry out further checks on your application. 

Yes, if you are a Carmarthenshire resident and carrying household waste. 

The site management may refuse entry if they suspect that the vehicle is being used to carry commercial waste.