Household recycling centres and waste permits

What you can take to a household recycling centre

Use our Waste Wizard to find out where you can recycle, reuse or repair household items. Enter an item to find out if you can take an item to a household recycling centre, if you need a permit and if you’ll need to pay any charges.

You can take many household items to a recycling centre for free. This includes:

  • household batteries
  • furniture - including broken up or dismantled furniture
  • hard plastic
  • electrical appliances
  • clothing and textiles
  • paper and cardboard
  • carpet
  • mattresses
  • engine oil and cooking oil
  • garden waste
  • household waste
  • Brita water filter cartridges

Waste accepted within limits

We can accept certain items within a reasonable amount for household use:

  • car batteries - up to 2 per year
  • car tyres - up to 5 per year and charges apply
  • waste engine oil – up to 10 litres per year
  • fluorescent tubes - up to 4 fluorescent tubes per year

Non-household waste

Waste, such as landscaping, construction, or demolition waste is classed as 'non-household waste'. This is expensive for us to dispose of. We are allowed by law to charge for these items to offset the cost of disposal. Most waste is still free to take to recycling centres.

Check what we charge for at recycling centres

Disposing of hazardous waste at a recycling centre

Only Amersham, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, High Wycombe and Langley centres accept these types of wastes:

  • asbestos
  • plasterboard
  • garden chemicals

Find out more about disposing of these types of waste