What we can and can't accept at our recycling centres

We accept a wide range of materials and items from your home which may be too large or bulky to be taken by your normal kerbside waste collection.


What we can accept

  • Furniture. Don't forget that furniture may be suitable for reuse, see  for details of organisations near you
  • Electrical appliances, TVs, computer equipment, fridges and freezers.
    Please make sure that all personal data is removed from items such as PCs, laptops, smart TVs, mobile phones, tablets and sat navs
    All electrical equipment brought into our sites will be segregated and sent for recycling in accordance with environmental regulations
  • Wood
  • Chipboard
  • Green garden waste
  • Old clothes and textiles
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic bottles and containers
  • Automotive oil (a maximum of 5 litres)
  • Excess bin waste
  • Tyres - a maximum of four from a domestic vehicle
  • Concrete, cement, mortar, rubble, hard core and ceramics from households
    From 3 April 2017 charges will apply for this material
  • Asbestos - we can only accept small quantities of cement bonded asbestos, no more than two roofing sheets or two metres of downpipe (or equivalent). Please double wrap this material in plastic sheeting or bags and seal with tape before you bring it to site
    When you arrive, please let a member of staff know you have asbestos and it will be dealt with accordingly.
    You should dampen the asbestos with water before lifting or moving it to help prevent the release of asbestos fibres. Do not break or cut the asbestos to fit into plastic bags.
  • Batteries - automotive and household
  • Cooking oil
  • Light bulbs
  • Gas bottles - if there's an identifying label on the side of the bottle, it can be taken to a stockholder in the LPG bottle retrieval scheme (opens in a new window). If the bottle can't be identified, we'll accept it
  • Household chemicals - small quantities of hazardous waste such as pesticides, mercury and petrol can be taken to our sites up to a maximum of five litres or five kilograms. If you have a larger quantity or if you're unable to take it to our sites, please contact us for advice by email: wastemanagement@derbyshire.gov.uk or Tel: 01629 538532
  • Paint - you can bring household quantities of paint to any of our centres, but if the paint is still usable, please consider donating it to an organisation such as Community Repaint (opens in a new window).

What we can't accept

  • Waste from a commercial business - your district council and private waste collection companies provide commercial collection services, subject to a charge.
  • Waste left with a householder by a tradesperson. Always ask a tradesperson to include waste disposal in their quote
  • Waste from charities
  • Cement bonded asbestos - more than two roofing sheets or two metres of pipe, or asbestos that's not double wrapped and sealed. 
  • Plasterboard and plasterboard products - more than two standard rubble sacks (up to a maximum of 820mm x 535mm per sack). Sorry we do not accept whole sheets of plasterboard
  • Tree trunks and branches over 150mm diameter
  • Scrap vehicles and vehicle parts except tyres (up to four from a domestic vehicle) and vehicle batteries
  • Large items of fitted furniture
  • More than two window frames (with or without glass) or two doors from a DIY project
  • Any waste arising from the demolition of greenhouses
  • Any waste arising from demolition of wooden garden sheds or fencing
  • Soiled pet bedding or pet litter. This is primarily due to the health risks posed to site staff who may come into contact with it. Our staff routinely open bags brought in to check for recyclables. If they come into contact with soiled pet litter, not only is it highly unpleasant, there's also a risk of contracting diseases such as Toxoplasmosis
  • Christmas cards and wrapping paper for recycling. This can't be sent for recycling due to the likely presence of glitter, glue, ribbon, plastic and sellotape.

Food and drink cartons

We provide food and drink carton recycling banks at all our household waste recycling centres except Bolsover. The bank on this site has been withdrawn because residents in the Bolsover District Council and NE Derbyshire District Council areas can now place cartons in their kerbside burgundy recycling bins.

Planning a major home or garden refurbishment?

If you're planning major refurbishment work to your house or garden, we recommend you consider hiring a skip as part of the project. If you do hire a skip and need to place it on the road check whether you need to apply for a permit.

Reusable items

You can also offer unwanted items on your local Freecycle (opens in a new window) or Freegle (opens in a new window) network. There are more ideas for disposing of reusable items in our A-Z guide on waste.

Further advice

For further information and advice please email wastemanagement@derbyshire.gov.uk or Call Derbyshire, Tel: 01629 533190.

Related documents

The following document is in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)