Visiting recycling centres

Find out what you can expect from your visit to a household waste recycling centre (HWRC)​, including access to sites, waste restrictions and the best times to visit.

Usual opening times

10am to 6pm

There are differences in which days each site is open, so please check individual HWRC opening times before visiting.

If you arrive before a site opens, traffic can form and if it reaches the highway you may be asked to move your vehicle.

There are dedicated sites for trade or commercial waste that have separate opening hours.

Best times to visit

Try to visit the site as late as possible – sites are busiest at the weekends between 10am to 2pm, and during school and bank holidays.

You can also check the live webcam feed from your local HWRC to see how busy the site is before making a trip. To save time at the HWRC please pre-sort your waste before visiting.

Needing assistance

If you require assistance on site, please speak to a member of the HWRC staff who will be happy to help you.

Vehicles allowed at HWRCs

Commercial-type vehicles and cars towing a trailor (under 1.8m in length) require a free waste e-permit to use waste recycling centres. All vehicles over 3.5 tonnes laden weight and trailers over 1.8m in length are not allowed at any of the recycling centres.

If you are unsure whether you need an e-permit or how they apply to you, please read our FAQs on waste e-permits.

For all other vehicle access you can check our restrictions at HWRCs page.

For safety reasons pedestrian access is not permitted at any of the recycling centres. However, if you do not have access to a vehicle please email the waste management team, at wastemanagement@northamptonshire.gov.uk, who will try to make other arrangements.

There are alternative recycling sites, if you wish to walk, located throughout the county, you can find them by using the Recycle Now location finder and entering your postcode.