Government has announced plans to abolish charges for disposing of limited amounts and types of DIY waste at recycling centres. This applies to small-scale projects carried out by householders on their own home.
It is expected that any changes to the legislation will take place later this year. Until then, current charges remain and customers with DIY-type construction and demolition waste will still be directed to our ‘Pay as you throw service’ available at all Norfolk Recycling Centres.
The recycling centres accept domestic household waste with no charge. In the current regulations that the recycling centres operate within, DIY waste is classed as construction and demolition waste and not household waste. While we accept DIY waste at the recycling centres, to reduce the financial burden on the Council Tax payer, we ask customers to pay for disposal of the DIY waste they have produced. This allows the Council Tax that would otherwise be used to pay for DIY waste disposal to be used on other key services.
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 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.
We will endeavour to treat your DIY waste in the most environmentally beneficial way, by sending it for reuse, recycling or energy from waste treatment as appropriate.
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 £6 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
The cost of recycling and waste disposal have been increasing and as a result we have had to raise the prices of our Pay as You Throw (DIY Waste) service from 1 April 2023.
This is the first increase since the prices were set in 2018 and the service still offers good value for money for customers.
From 1 April 2023 the price per 80 litre sack or single item is:
- Flat glass - £5
- Unsorted/non-recyclable DIY waste - £6. For example roofing felt, plastic guttering, insulation, baths, soil, turf and other mixed DIY waste.
- Plasterboard - £12 (For small amounts of plasterboard a half bag price of £6 is available) Plasterboard is only accepted at Caister, Dereham, Hempton, King's Lynn, Mayton Wood, Norwich North, Norwich South and Thetford
- Rubble - £3.50
- Timber - £3.50
- Tyres (car) - £6 per tyre and they are only accepted at Caister, Dereham, Hempton, King’s Lynn, Mayton Wood, Norwich North, Norwich South and Thetford.