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Change to access at Royston and Thriplow Recycling Centres

01 December 2023

Cambridgeshire residents will need to apply for a digital permit to use Royston Household Recycling Centre from today (Friday 1 December).

The change comes following the announcement earlier in the year that Hertfordshire County Council would be adopting a policy restricting access to non-residents at Hertfordshire’s network of 16 Recycling Centres.

However, the county council has reached an agreement with Hertfordshire County Council that enables continued cross-border access to Royston Household Recycling Centre for Cambridgeshire residents living close to the county boundary, whilst allowing Hertfordshire residents access to Thriplow Household Recycling Centre.

To register for a free permit to access the Royston centre, Cambridgeshire residents will need to visit Permits can be applied for from today (Thursday 30 November), and for eligible applicants the process only takes minutes.

Similarly, Hertfordshire residents will have to apply for a permit to use the Thriplow centre at

Resident only policies are becoming increasingly common across the region and country, with many neighbouring counties having had this policy in place for some time.

Cllr Lorna Dupre, Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Environment and Green Investment committee, said:

“The council is committed to creating a greener, fairer and more caring Cambridgeshire for everyone, so I’m pleased that we have been able to come to an agreement that enables residents from both counties to continue to be able to use a recycling centre that is close to where they live.

“Supporting residents to recycle as much as possible, as easily as they can, is key to our ambition to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions for Cambridgeshire by 2045 and helping our communities and natural environment adapt and thrive as the climate changes.”

For further information on Hertfordshire’s and Cambridgeshire’s Recycling Centres visit