Van ban ends at East Devon and Exeter recycling centres – but with limitations on how much rubbish they can bring

A ban on vans at recycling centres in East Devon and Exeter is to be lifted from tomorrow (Wednesday, June 24) – but with limitations.  

To keep unloading times to a minimum, the vehicles will only be able to bring the same amount of rubbish that would ‘fit in a normal-sized family car or trailer’.

The rules apply to facilities in Sidmouth, Exmouth and Honiton among others.

Van drivers will have to pre-book to visit a pair of busy tips in the Exeter.

A Devon County Council (DCC) spokesperson said: “Standard vans such as a Ford Transits, VW Transporters or Vauxhall Vivaros should be no more than a third full.

“Very large vans such as a Mercedes Sprinters should be no more than a quarter full.

“Vans coming to sites with more than this amount of waste will be turned away.

“Vans will also need to be less than six metres long and less than 3.5 tonnes gross weight.

“Box vans, Luton vans, horsebox vans and vans towing trailers are not permitted, as standard.”

Van drivers will need to pre-book here to use the Exton Road and Pinbrook Road tips in Exeter as they are among the three busiest in the county.

This is aimed at keeping queues down.

DCC has emphasised that the recycling centres are only available for household waste.

Rubbish from business and trade is not permitted – including landlords and ‘man with van’ type set-ups.

Social distancing measures remain in place and staff will not be able to help with any unloading.

DCC has again warned that delays are likely and, if queues become too long and cause a risk to other road users, people will be asked to return later.

Councillor Andrea Davis said: “We really appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to gradually reopen our household waste recycling centres safely.

“All our sites continue to be very busy and social distancing means the number of vehicles safely allowed inside is reduced, so queues form quickly.

“With demand high, we need to make sure as many residents can use our sites as safely as possible.

“Large vans full of waste can take significant time to unload and increase queuing times to the detriment of others, which is why we are adopting a ‘fair use’ system asking household van owners to fill their vans only to levels equivalent to a normal sized family car or trailer, and to book slots at our busiest sites.”

In East Devon, DCC reopened Knowle Hill Recycling Centre, off Salterton Road, Exmouth, Sidmouth Recycling Centre, and Sutton Barton Recycling Centre in Widworthy, Honiton, for ‘essential use only on May 11.

Exeter’s Exton Road Recycling Centre and Pinbrook Road Recycling Centre, in Pinhoe, were also among those to be made accessible once again.

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Vehicle restrictions eased at East Devon and Exeter recycling centres

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