Apply for a permit to dispose of DIY waste

DIY waste is waste generated from your home or garden after you've done work to it.

This includes items such as:

  • hardcore and rubble (e.g. tiles, bricks, stones, soil, turf)
  • timber (e.g. fence or shed panels, door, skirting board)
  • bathroom fittings (e.g. bath tub, tiles, toilet, taps, shower tray, sink)
  • kitchen fittings (e.g. units, worktop, tiles, sink)
  • plumbing and heating (e.g. boiler, log burner, radiator, fire place, pipes/guttering)
  • roofing materials (e.g. insulation, roofing felt)
  • windows and doors
  • asbestos
  • plasterboard

If you want to dispose of some DIY waste for free, you will need a permit. You can bring larger amounts of DIY waste without a permit, but will be charged.

What you can dispose of for free

If you apply for a permit, you can visit a household recycling centre and dispose of either of the following for free:

  • 2 x 50 litre bags worth of DIY waste
  • 1 large item of DIY waste (2m x 0.75m x 0.7m)

These are examples of total size. You can bring waste in smaller bags or broken up but the staff on site will have the final decision on what is accepted.

Recycling rules for waste permits

There are some rules for waste permit holders:

  • site staff can refuse entry to residents who need a permit but do not have one
  • all waste brought to the site must be from the permit holder's home
  • the householder who applied for the permit must be there when the waste is brought to the recycling centre
  • once the time limit has run out on your permit, you must renew before you visit again
  • no business waste allowed to disposed of using a permit

Business customers can visit the business waste pages for more information.

Apply for a permit

You will need an account to apply for a permit and permits are valid for one visit within 7 days. The permit is free to apply for and use.

Once the 7 days is up, you will be able to apply for another permit and dispose of more DIY waste for free.

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What happens on site

At the recycling centre you will need to show your proof of address and your DIY permit (either printed or on your phone).

We will:

  • estimate the volume of DIY waste and whether it will be accepted as free
  • let you know how much any extra DIY waste you bring will cost
  • scan your DIY waste permit to register your visit

To dispose of more DIY waste for free, you will need to wait 7 days to renew your permit before you visit again.

If you have more than the accepted amount of free DIY waste

If you have more DIY waste to dispose of than the amount that we accept for free, you can either:

  • pay a fee to dispose of the extra DIY waste
  • renew your permit after 7 days and bring the extra waste with you on another visit

View fees for extra DIY (non-household) waste.