London Borough of Croydon

You need a permit to use one of the 3 recycling centres in Croydon.

Scheme aims

  • reduce waiting times
  • ensure all customers are Croydon residents

Anyone trying to use the site for commercial purposes, or who isn't a resident of Croydon will be refused entry.

Apply for a permit

  • permits are free and issued at the recycling centres
  • visit a centre in the vehicle you would like the permit applied to
  • bring photo ID and separate proof of address (details below)

You cannot get a permit on behalf of someone else and can only use your ID when you visit.

If you use more than 1 vehicle in your household, you will need to apply separately for a permit for each vehicle.

Displaying your permit

Permits must be displayed at the top right of your vehicle’s windscreen when you visit the site.

Large vehicles

Permits will not be issued to customers that use large vehicles such as a large car, van, minibus or trailer. Insteady, you will need to provide ID on each visit and we recommend completing an honesty form.

Proof of address and photo ID

You will need to provide 2 current, valid documents to prove your identity:

  • photo ID
  • proof of address

Acceptable photo ID

  • passport
  • full or provisional UK photocard driving licence (paper licences not acceptable)
  • Freedom Pass
  • EU photocard driving licence
  • national identity card (non-UK nationals)
  • Electoral Identity Card (Northern Ireland)

Acceptable proof of address

  • full or provisional paper UK driving licence (if issued before 1998)
  • EU photocard driving licence
  • utility bill (dated within last 3 months - not mobile phone)
  • bank or building society statement (dated within last 3 months)
  • Council Tax bill (dated within last 12 months)
  • mortgage statement (dated within last 12 months)
  • benefit statement or letter eg pension, Child Benefit (dated within last 3 months)
  • HMRC document (not P45 or P60)
  • electoral identity card

If you are unable to provide acceptable documents you may be denied access to the site.

If you cannot meet the permit requirements, email contact.thecouncil@croydon.gov.uk before your visit so we can assist you.