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

New restrictions are in place at all of our recycling centres so that users and staff can stick to social distancing rules to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and to help us manage traffic.

Find out about new restrictions in place.

A list of materials accepted at our sites is listed on this page.

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
  • tree trunks and branches over 150mm diameter
  • scrap vehicles and vehicle parts except tyres (up to 4 from a domestic vehicle) and vehicle batteries
  • items of fitted furniture or units (complete or disassembled)
    • kitchen units
    • whole bathroom suites
    • fitted wardrobes
  • more than 2 window frames (with or without glass) or 2 doors from a DIY project
  • waste arising from the demolition of greenhouses
  • waste arising from construction, demolition or replacement of wooden garden sheds, fencing or decking
  • 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 and 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
  • clinical waste - your district or borough council will operate a collection service for this type of waste
  • gas cylinders
    • branded caravan or boat gas cylinders (Calor Gas for example) - visit Liquid Gas for disposal information
    • cylinders containing commercial type gases such as those used for welding
    • medical gas cylinders such as those containing oxygen should be returned to the medical facility which issued them
    • fire extinguishers - extinguishers which originated in a commercial business premise should be disposed through a private sector hazardous waste disposal contractor

What we can accept

  • furniture - don't forget that furniture may be suitable for reuse, see our furniture recycling page for more info.
  • 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 - small amounts from minor domestic repairs
  • chipboard - small amounts from minor domestic repairs
  • 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 4 from a domestic vehicle
  • crockery
  • concrete, cement, mortar, rubble, ceramics soil and turf from households - maximum 50kgs (equivalent to 2 25kg sacks) per visit per week
  • carpet (one room)
  • asbestos
    • a maximum of 2 roofing sheets or 2 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
    • 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
    • no return to the site will be allowed
  • plasterboard and plasterboard products
    • a maximum of 50kgs (equivalent to 2 25kg sacks) per visit per week
    • sorry we do not accept whole sheets of plasterboard
    • please keep separate from all other materials
  • batteries - automotive and household
  • cooking oil
  • light bulbs
  • gas cylinders
    • unbranded caravan or boat cylinders - if you have a cylinder with no markings to identify its legal owner you can bring a maximum of 2 into our HWRCs within a calendar year
    • fire extinguishers specifically manufactured and sold for domestic household use, maximum size 2kg, a maximum of 2 extinguishers within a calendar year
    • camping gas stove cylinders - we'll accept a maximum of 4 of these cylinders, if possible please attach the cylinder to the stove and burn off any residual contents before bringing it to us for disposal
    • party balloon inflation cylinders - we'll accept household quantities of these cylinders
  • household chemicals:
    • small quantities of hazardous waste such as pesticides, mercury and petrol can be taken to our sites up to a maximum of 5 litres or 5kg
    • if you have a larger quantity or if you're unable to take it to our sites, please contact us for advice, email: or tel: 01629 538120
  • 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
  • mattresses
  • beverage and food cartons and paper containers with metal ends (we currently only have banks for these materials at Ashbourne, Bretby, Glossop, Loscoe, Northwood and Stonegravels HWRCs):
    • juice cartons including caps and straws
    • Pringles tubes (no plastic lids)
    • milk cartons including caps and straws
    • dough paper containers with metal ends
    • soup, tomatoes and other food cartons
    • other paper containers with metal ends (no plastic lids)
  • community equipment (Medequip) such as wheelchairs, Zimmer frames, walking sticks and toilet frames at 5 of our recycling centres - Loscoe, Stonegravels, Ashbourne, Northwood (Darley Dale) and Bolsover

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 or Freegle 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: or Call Derbyshire, tel: 01629 533190.