Household waste recycling centres
Our household waste recycling centres are open for essential visits only – that means if you have waste you can’t store safely at home without it causing injury or harm.
Please use your kerbside collections run by your local district or borough council as you normally would and hang on to items you would normally take to our sites for a few more weeks wherever possible.
New measures are in place at all of our sites so that users and staff can stick to social distancing rules to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and to help us manage traffic.
Check recycling centre waiting times
Help us to help you stay safe
If your visit is essential please:
Check which days you will be allowed in
To help manage demand, you will be allowed into recycling centres on certain days depending on whether the last number on your car number plate is odd or even. Cars with 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 as the last number will be allowed in on even dates in the month and those with 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be allowed in on odd dates in the month.
Examples of even number plates:
Number plate example
Even number plate guidance
The last number is 2 – even number
The last number is 4 – even number
The last number is 8 – even number
Examples of odd number plates:
Number plate example
Odd number plate guidance
The last number is 9 – odd number
The last number is 7 – odd number
The last number is 1 – odd number
Be prepared to queue
Fewer vehicles than usual will be allowed on-site at any one time to allow for social distancing. If you must visit, check out traffic information and apps before you travel and avoid busy times, and please avoid turning up early to queue. When the recycling centres are open you can check the waiting times.
Leave vans and trailers at home
Avoid bringing excessive amounts of waste so we can get people in and out as quickly as possible. It’s also a good idea to sort your recycling before you travel to save time when you arrive.
Wear protective gloves, appropriate footwear and clothing
Staff will not be able to help you carry your waste as they normally would so it’s important to stay safe. Handrails and other surfaces which you may touch at our sites will be cleaned regularly but please remember to wash your hands when you get home.
One person per car
Help to reduce the number of people on site by travelling alone unless you need help unloading your waste. There’s no pedestrian access onto any of our sites so please remain in your car and stay at least 2 metres away from others when you’re on-site. Please make sure children and pets remain in your car too.
The layout of some of our sites may have changed and use of ramps and skips is limited to 1 person at a time. If in doubt, ask a member of staff.
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Please don’t use our sites if you’ve had coronavirus symptoms in the last 14 days, you’re self-isolating or at high risk of contracting the virus.
All 9 of our household waste recycling centres will reopen at the following locations:
Northwood (Darley Dale)
Waterswallows – near Buxton
Derby City Council also operates a site on Raynesway Park Drive just off the A5111 Raynesway. Different restrictions are in place at this site and some types of vehicle may need a permit.
All our centres open from 8.30am to 6pm daily. Please do not turn up early to queue.
We’re working hard to provide a recycling centre service under difficult conditions and doing all we can to make sure your visit runs as smoothly as possible. In return we ask that you please follow the safety guidance and treat our staff with respect.
Please do not leave any waste outside our recycling centres. This is classed as fly-tipping and you could be fined up to £50,000 or 12 months in jail.
All our waste recycling sites have a mobile defibrillator, in an emergency please ask a site attendant for assistance.
Smoking is not permitted on site.
If you require further information about access for disabled people email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01629 538120.
All waste delivered to our centres is separated and sorted. This makes sure that as much waste as possible goes for reuse or recycling.
Reusing items is the best way environmentally for dealing with waste before recycling and composting. Items for reuse may go for resale through a variety of outlets including charities and other markets.
If waste can’t be reused, recycled or composted, it goes for disposal.
If you have any concerns about your waste being treated in this way, please speak to one of the site attendants who will carefully deal with any items of a personal nature.
There are some types of waste that we cannot accept in any circumstances. Trade waste is not accepted.
Please make sure that all personal data is removed from electrical items such as PCs, laptops, smart TVs, mobile phones, tablets and sat-navs.
What else can you do
See our tips to help you minimise your waste.
If your items still have some life left in them you could try selling them online or compost garden waste at home.
We have temporarily suspended the sale of soil improver at all our recycling centres while social distancing measures are in place.
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