Visiting a Recycling Centre? 

  • Stay two metres away from other visitors and staff at all times
  • Two people from the same household may leave their vehicle only to carry large items
  • Cars and vans under 2 metres high only – no vehicles with trailers

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update and advice

Are Recycling Centres open?

All Recycling Centres are open. For the latest information about Recycling Centres, please read all the information on the Recycling Centres Opening Times web page before you visit.

Only visit if you really need to.

Are my bins going to be collected as normal?

Your council’s bin collection crews are working hard to ensure your bins are collected. However, there may be changes to your collection service.

Please check your local council for up to date information and to report any missed collections.

How to minimise your waste?

DIY waste

Recycling Centres are now accepting DIY waste such as:

Reusable items

Some charity shops are reopening mid-June. Please visit the charity shop website for information about donations.

Make the most of the space in your bin

Make space in your bin by squeezing air out of your bin bags, you can also flatten and squash your rubbish too.

How to safely store waste and recycling

• Check your local council’s website for updates on your bin collections
• Keep your bins in a secure place, at least one metre away from your property
• Avoid storing your bins under covered areas, such as porches
• Don’t overfill your bins or leave loose rubbish around them
• Never put batteries or electrical items in your bins – take them to a Recycling Centre
• Only put your bins out on collection days and bring them in once they’ve been emptied

Advice for people living in flats and high-rise properties

• Always dispose of your rubbish according to the building arrangements
• Where you have a communal bin room use it but stay 2 metres away from neighbours
• Rubbish should never be stored in corridors, stairs or hallways
• Do not store flammable materials like gas on your balcony
• Reduce clutter and keep items on the balcony to a minimum
• If you smoke, make sure you stub cigarettes out properly and never flick them off your balcony
• Never put batteries or electrical items in your own bin or communal bins

For more information about fire safety, visit

Can I pay someone to get rid of my waste?

You have a legal Duty of Care to ensure your household waste is disposed of correctly. You can be prosecuted even if your waste is fly tipped by someone else on your behalf. If it’s your waste, it’s your responsibility. Always use a registered waste carrier to collect your waste. Find a registered waste carrier in your area on the Environment Agency’s website. For more information visit the fly tipping page.

What should I do with personal waste?

Guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection:

Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.  Please put disposable gloves and face masks in your general waste bin.

Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

For more information, visit GOV.UK

What should I do with ashes from a barbecue or a chiminea?

Cold ashes from wood and coal go in your general waste bin. Never put ashes straight into a bin. Hot ashes could melt the plastic and cause a fire.

What should I do with cement bonded asbestos, gypsum or plasterboard?

Our facilities where high sided vehicles and council vehicles are not open to the public therefore you currently cannot dispose asbestos, gypsum or plasterboard from your home.  Please do not carry out DIY projects that would involve the removal of these materials unless you have safe and secure storage.

What should I do with batteries?

 You can take batteries to a Recycling Centre.

Please do not put these in any of your wheelie bins at home as they can spark and can cause fires.

Is the entrance for high-sided vehicles and traders closed?

All our facilities are closed to members of the public, but remain open to businesses and local councils’ waste collection vehicles. This is so we can support the local councils to continue operating vital services.

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