Restrictions at household waste recycling centres

Restrictions apply to the amount of DIY waste or excessive garden waste that a householder can bring free of charge to our recycling centres in any 2 month period (60 days).​

The maximum number of trips permitted to dispose of waste is determined by size of vehicle. Please see the table below to work out how many trips you can make in your vehicle.

​Vehicle type​Number of free DIY waste trips per 2 months (60 days)
​Small car​8 trips
​Large car; estate; MPV; 4x4; small van, short trailer​4 trips
​Transit van type (SWB), large trailer​2 trips
​Larger vehicle; Transit van type (LWB)​Pay as you throw

DIY waste

DIY waste (or construction and demolition waste) is large amounts of waste that is generated through building or renovation work in your home or garden.

Examples of DIY waste

  • Hardcore/rubble/bricks
  • Tiles and ceramics
  • Paving slabs
  • Plasterboard
  • Roofing materials
  • Soil/turf/tree trunks Excessive garden waste
  • Baths/toilets/basins
  • Fitted carpets and underlay
  • Doors/windows/frames
  • Kitchen units and work surfaces
  • Built in wardrobes/cupboards
  • Shed/fence panels
  • Laminate flooring
  • Timber/MDF hardboard
  • Central heating system components

Excessive garden waste

Loads that are deemed to be beyond the average household amount are classed as ‘excessive garden waste’. This is at the discretion of the team leader or supervisor on site.

You may be asked to confirm that you are disposing of your own waste by the recycling centre staff.

What if I have more waste to dispose of than permitted?

If you need to make more site visits than permitted then we will direct you to one of our sites that has a weighbridge and will treat this as trade waste which is chargeable.

Asbestos

Asbestos and asbestos bonded materials cannot be disposed of at any of our recycling centres.

Asbestos is a dangerous substance that can cause severe respiratory illness and must be disposed of with care. Asbestos was extensively used in buildings built during the first part of the last century. The use of asbestos is banned in the European Union.

If you discover asbestos or asbestos bonded materials in your home during building work or DIY activities the general advice is to leave it alone. If the material is damaged or you have to remove it, you must make arrangements for its safe removal and disposal.

Asbestos removal companies

You can hire a licensed, specialist company to remove and/or dispose of the asbestos for you. Such companies advertise locally or in the yellow pages.

Asbestos disposal scheme for householders

​Alternatively small quantities of ‘bonded asbestos’, arising from household maintenance and repairs, can be taken by you, the householder, to our waste transfer station operated by Suez, located on the Brackmills Industrial Estate (Liliput Road) in Northampton under the Asbestos Disposal Scheme.

Please telephone Brackmills Waste Transfer Station on 0121 333 2118 to arrange a disposal time.

Depending on the type of asbestos, a charge may be incurred (see below for details).

This scheme is only available for asbestos removed by you from your own home and not for trade waste which includes asbestos you have paid to have removed from your home.

​There are strict guidelines regarding this procedure, the amounts of asbestos waste that can be handled in this way and the way in which it is presented. Waste will not be accepted if it does not fall within these guidelines.

​Only one trip per household is permitted.

​Each individual bonded asbestos sheet/pipe must be wrapped in clear thick gauge polythene sheeting (available from DIY stores) and sealed with tape to prevent the release of dust (maximum length per piece = 1.8 metres).

​If you have more than the maximum acceptable quantities shown above, then the whole amount is charged at the commercial rate and none of the waste is eligible for disposal under the scheme.

You may wish to ring alternative companies to get quotes for the disposal of your asbestos.

​A subsidised charge is made for the following acceptable items:

​Up to an absolute maximum of 5 sheets of 900mm x 1.80 metres​£50.00 + VAT
​Up to an absolute maximum of 9.00 metres run of asbestos (pipe/guttering)​£50.00 + VAT
​1 asbestos water tank​£40.00 + VAT

Items for which no charge is made:

  •  Ironing boards with asbestos iron rest pad (do not remove the pad from the ironing board)
  •  Small domestic asbestos fire blankets

Please note: If you produce more than the maximum quantities shown, the whole amount is charged at the transfer station's commercial rate and none of the waste will be eligible for disposal under the Scheme at any time. 

​Plasterboard

We have plasterboard recycling facilities at all of our household waste recycling centres.

Please ensure that any plasterboard you wish to recycle:

  •  is stripped of any contaminating material such as wood, tiles and bricks
  •  is removed from bags and wrappers

If plasterboard is not completely free of contaminating material we may refuse to take it.

Plasterboard recycling checklist

Use the checklist below before you try to dispose of any plasterboard.

​Acceptable ​No thank you
​Plasterboard with wallpaper or paint
Plasterboard with foil backing 

​Tiles
Bricks and breeze blocks
Batting and fixings