Introducing a limited free allowance
The Government has announced plans to limit charges for householders disposing of Do It Yourself (DIY) waste at recycling centres across the country from 31 December 2023.
This means you will be able to dispose of some DIY waste for free. This applies to small-scale projects carried out by householders on their own home.
How much DIY waste can I dispose of for free?
From 31 December 2023, you can:
- Take a small amount of DIY waste to your local recycling centre free of charge, up to a maximum of two 50 litre sacks or one item per visit. Please note: no single item should be more than 200cm x 75cm x 70cm in size
- Make four single visits with DIY waste per household in any four-week period.
See what types of waste we accept. For DIY waste over the free amount, please use our ‘pay as you throw service’.
We will continue to accept other types of waste from households for free such as furniture, white goods, electrical items and garden waste. There is no limit on the number of visits you can make to dispose of these types of waste.
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 it. We accept cash payments up to £10 at all sites. Payments over £10 must be made by card. Please ask if you need a receipt.
You will pay less if you separate your waste. Separated materials are charged at a lower rate than mixed loads.
We 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 from other types of waste, or we won’t accept it.
Any decision made by our staff about DIY waste is final.
Pay as you throw guide prices
The prices of the Pay as You Throw Service for DIY waste offers very good value for money when compared to the alternatives of skip hire and licenced waste carriers.
We calculate prices based on the type and amount of waste you bring. We can’t provide you with an accurate price without viewing your waste at the recycling centre.
Your load will be assessed by site staff and prices are non-negotiable. Prices include VAT at the standard rate.
Prices per 100 litres (2 x 50 litre bags) or one single item (after your free allowance)
Loads will be assessed into 100 litre equivalent amounts, so we recommend that you separate and bag as much of your waste as possible.
The price per 100 litres (2 x 50 litre bags) or single item is calculated according to waste type:
- 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. A half-bag price of £6 (50 litres or equivalent) is available for small amounts of plasterboard. This material is difficult to throw away correctly and is expensive, requiring specialist disposal. Plasterboard is only accepted at Caister, Dereham, Hempton, King's Lynn, Norwich North, Norwich South and Thetford.
- Rubble - £3.50
- Timber - £3.50
- Tyres (car) - £6 per tyre (max 5 tyres per household, per month) and they are only accepted at Caister, Dereham, Hempton, King's Lynn, Norwich North, Norwich South and Thetford.