What you can take Household Recycling Centres

Our Household Recycling Centres are provided for the disposal of household waste only. It is illegal to dispose of commercial waste at these sites.

Please sort your waste before you leave home and ensure you place all waste and recycling into the correct container on site.

  • Batteries
  • Books
  • Car batteries
  • Cardboard
  • Cartons
  • Cooking oil
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Foil
  • Food tins and drinks cans
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Garden waste
  • Household and garden chemicals
  • Household plastic packaging
  • Large appliances
  • Low energy bulbs
  • Mixed glass, bottles and jars
  • Paper
  • Printer cartridges
  • Reusable items
  • Scrap metal
  • Small appliances
  • Spectacles
  • Textiles and clothes
  • TVs and monitors
  • Used engine oil
  • Wood and timber

We no longer recycle hard plastics at the Household Recycling Centres.  This was for a trial period which has ended and we have been unable to secure a long term contractor for this waste, as the price is very volatile (materials need to be separated such as metals which is done manually and is very costly).

  • Asbestos
  • Gas bottles

Asbestos can only be taken to the Household Recycling Centre at certain times of the day. There are strict rules on how to dispose of this waste. See below for further details.

Asbestos is potentially dangerous and needs to be handled with care. Please read the guidance on how to handle and bag up your asbestos [PDF, 15Kb] before you handle asbestos.

We only accept asbestos at the Household Recycling Centre, Cottage Beck Road, Scunthorpe and you will need to request a bag to dispose of your asbestos.

Alternatively, you can call the Customer Contact Centre to order a bag.

Residents will be sent two bags (one red and one clear) to double bag their asbestos, a letter authorising them to dispose of the asbestos and a handling asbestos guidance sheet. These will be sent within two to five working days.

The following criteria must apply:

  • asbestos must have originated from your own property
  • it is bonded white asbestos (chrysotile). No blue (crocidolite), brown (amosite) or fibrous asbestos will be accepted under any circumstances
  • the maximum weight accepted per request is 20 kilograms
  • the total amount of asbestos to be disposed of must fit into the red bag and sealed,  then the red bag placed into the clear bag and sealed, resulting in double bagged waste
  • asbestos will only be accepted at the Household Recycling Centre, Cottage Beck Road, Scunthorpe during the following times:
    • from 1 March to 31 October: 10am to 4pm
    • from 1 November to 28 or 29 February: 10am to 2pm
  • you must report to a site attendant on arrival at the Household Recycling Centre during the asbestos disposal times. Any asbestos taken to the site outside of the disposal times will be refused
  • you must hand the letter of authorisation to the site attendant on arrival at the Household Recycling Centre, asbestos can only be deposited with this original letter
  • you must be able to handle the asbestos waste from your own vehicle into the designated skip as site attendants are not permitted to assist in moving asbestos waste
  • any split, torn, damaged or unsealed bags of asbestos will be refused and you will need to reapply
  • only correctly double bagged material in the bags provided by the council will be accepted
  • you are only permitted to make two deposits per year (1 April to 31 March), per household free of charge. There is a charge of £20 per extra set of bags for further deposits

Please note: permits are required for vans and commercial type vehicles and large trailers to access the site. This will need to be applied for in advance. No signwritten vehicles are allowed on site.

It is free to dispose of most items at our Household Recycling Centres. We have to charge for disposal of plasterboard, soil, ceramics, hardcore and rubble and tyres:

  • £4 per bucket or bag
  • £4 per single item (e.g wash basin, toilet pedestal, plant pot)
  • £9 per load in a car boot or a small trailer (less than one metre long)
  • £32 per load in a medium trailer (between one and two metres long) or medium van (similar to Caddy or Kangoo size)
  • £64 per load in a large trailer (over two metres long and all double axle trailers) or large vans (similar to Transit size)
  • £7 per car/motorbike tyre (we are unable to accept tractor or lorry tyres).

Please bring the correct amount of money for disposal of these items.

  • Ceramics, soil, hardcore and rubble can be taken to Barton, Belton, Goxhill, Kirton, Scunthorpe and Winterton Household Recycling Centres only.
  • Plasterboard can only be taken to Scunthorpe Household Recycling Centre.
  • Tyres can only be taken to Belton, Barton and Scunthorpe Household Recycling Centres.

Plasterboard can only be recycled at Scunthorpe Household Recycling Centre.

By law it cannot be disposed of in landfill, and its not recognised as household waste, therefore there is a charge to dispose of this.

Ceramics, soil and rubble can be recycled at Barton, Belton, Goxhill, Kirton, Scunthorpe and Winterton Household Recycling Centres only. By law it cannot be disposed of in landfill, and it is not recognised as household waste, therefore there is a charge to dispose of this.

You can dispose of car and motorbike tyres at Belton, Barton, and Scunthorpe Household Recycling Centres.

As car and motorbike tyres are not recognised by law as household waste there is a charge to dispose of these.

Bicycle tyres and inner tubes can also be recycled along with car tyres. There is no charge to dispose of these.

We do not accept tractor or lorry tyres.

We cannot accept the following:

  • Explosive items such as fireworks, bird scarers, rockets, ammunition.
  • Infectious items such as some clinical waste. If unsure, please check with your doctor or health practitioner.
  • Industrial waste, for example, waste from premises used for the breeding, boarding or stabling of animals. See our unacceptable waste document [PDF, 119Kb] for more details.