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Recycling centre charges

Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

On advice from the government regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), Household Recycling Centres will be reopening on Monday 11 May with a number of safety measures.

See further information about changes to services.

These charges will apply to all householders visiting the household recycling centre that wish to drop off any of the specific items as detailed below.

Material that has come from commercial activity, including work carried out by a builder or tradesperson on your behalf, will not be accepted at all regardless of whether you are prepared to pay for it or not.

Although the council does not have to legally dispose of materials that do not come from the day running of a household, the introduction of modest charges has enabled us to continue providing disposal outlets for the materials outlined below.

Hardcore and rubble

£1.50 per bag* or item.

Hardcore and rubble
Charged forNo charge
Bricks Crockery
Blocks Drinking glasses
Slates Pyrex dishes
Tiles Terracotta/earthenware plant pots
Rubble Mirrors
Paving slabs Solid fuel waste
Concrete Fish tanks
Hardcore Metal/plastic baths
Ceramic toilets/sinks/pedestals/baths  
Window/door glass  
Shower screen/panel  
Greenhouse glass  

Pedestals and toilet cisterns are charged for separately. Therefore, a sink and pedestal would be 2 items.


£1.50 per bag*

Charged forNo charge

Soil surrounding roots of a plant compost

(These should be placed in the garden waste container)



£6 per bag**.

£12 per small domestic roofing sheet or similar. Maximum of 3 sheets per visit. Each sheet must be no more than 6ft x 4ft (183cm x 122cm).

Charged forNo charge
Bonded asbestos only (limited amount) Airing cupboard door and oven doors
Roof sheets Ironing boards
Floor/ceiling tiles Fire blankets
Soffits, gutters and drains Hot plates
Storage heater  
Water tank  


Charged forCost
Plaster and gypsum related products £2.50 per bag*
Plaster powder £10 per sheet

Motor vehicle and motorcycle tyres

£5 per tyre.

Commercial and agricultural tyres cannot be accepted.

Charged forNo charge
Motor vehicle tyres Bicycle tyres
Motorcycle tyres  Wheelbarrow tyres

Gas canisters (including fire extinguishers)

The cost is £6 for small (up to 10kg), £11 for medium (10kg to 20kg) and £35 for large (more than 20kg) or specialist containers.

Brewery cylinders, diving cylinders, welding cylinders and medical (including oxygen cylinders) cannot be accepted.

Charged forNo charge
LPG cylinders Small camping stove canisters
Fire extinguishers Soda stream bottles
Helium bottles  

* A bag is equivalent to a small, plastic, sand/aggregate bag from standard DIY stores (or similar) that can be safely lifted by one person.

** 6 bags maximum (a bag is equivalent to a small, plastic, sand/aggregate bag from standard DIY stores (or similar) that can be safely lifted by one person).  2 bags equate to 1 sheet if taking a combination of sheets/bags.

All other household waste materials continue to be accepted from residents free of charge.


Before unloading your waste, please see a member of site staff who will work out how much you need to pay.

The site's manager's decision on materials and payment will be final.

You can pay using cash, debit or credit card (excluding American Express), contactless payment, Apple Pay or Android Pay. Printed receipts are available for all transactions.

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