There is a charge for the disposal of most DIY-type construction and demolition waste.
DIY waste is classed as construction and demolition waste, not household waste, and whilst we’ve previously accepted small amounts for free, we can no longer do this. Our services need to reduce their costs. We prefer to save money by changing our policies rather than by reducing opening hours or closing a recycling centre.
DIY waste can be disposed of through our ‘Pay as you throw’ service. Other options include hiring a skip or employing a licenced waste carrier. Please make sure to factor in the cost of disposing of DIY waste when planning your latest DIY project.
Pay as you throw service
You can pay to dispose of any amount of DIY type construction and demolition waste at any of our Recycling Centres. Speak to a member of staff on arrival and they will assess your waste and take payment before you unload your waste. Please ask if you need a receipt.
Cash payments are now accepted at all sites up to £10. Card payments are required for all payments over £10. Where possible please continue to use your credit/debit card to make payments.
You will pay less if you separate your waste - separated materials are charged at a lower rate than mixed loads.
You must separate plasterboard or we won’t accept it.
Any decision made by our staff about DIY waste will be final.
Pay as you throw guide prices
We calculate prices based on the material and amount of waste you bring. Your load will be assessed by site staff and prices are non-negotiable. As loads will be assessed into 80 litre bag equivalent amounts we recommend that you separate and bag as much of your waste as possible.
An 80-litre bag is the same size as an old sized dustbin. One is available on site for reference.
There is a half bag/item price for plasterboard. This material is difficult to throw away correctly and is expensive, requiring specialist disposal. We recognise many people bring plasterboard to the recycling centre and the half bag price has been brought in to help those with a very small amount to dispose of. Prices will be £4.50 for amounts less than half a bag (40 litres or equivalent).
We can’t provide you with an accurate price without viewing your waste at the recycling centre. The guide prices below include VAT.
Prices per 80 litre sack or single item
- Unsorted/non-recyclable DIY waste (e.g. soil, UPVC, guttering, felt etc.) - £5
- Flat glass - £5
- Rubble - £3
- Plasterboard - £9 (For small amounts of plasterboard a half bag price of £4.50 is available) Plasterboard is only accepted at Caister, Dereham, Hempton, King's Lynn, Mayton Wood, Norwich North, Norwich South and Thetford
- Timber - £3
- Scrap metal - no charge
- Tyres (car)- £4 per tyre (rimmed or unrimmed) and they are only accepted at Caister, Dereham, Hempton, King’s Lynn, Mayton Wood, Norwich North, Norwich South and Thetford. Maximum five tyres per household, per month