Household Recycling Centres

Household Recycling Centres across Cambridgeshire – In light of the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 23 March, all recycling centres across Cambridgeshire have now closed until further notice. The decision to close sites has not been taken lightly but it is essential to encourage residents to stay at home and limit the spread of Coronavirus.

If you were planning to visit a recycling centre, please hold on to the items you were planning to take until they are reopened.

During this time, we ask residents to act responsibly and not place items such as DIY waste, excess garden waste or excess recycling into their kerbside general rubbish collection. This will take up space in the collection vehicles needed for general household rubbish.

If you or anyone in your home is self-isolating or confirmed to have Coronavirus, all personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.

Please help ensure the safety of our operatives and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Household Recycling Centre policies

Check your vehicle is allowed entry to the sites

For information about the types and sizes of vehicles that are allowed entry to our Household Recycling Centres, and whether or not you will require an e-permit for your vehicle, please visit our HRC e-permit scheme webpage.

Bulky waste collections

If you need to dispose of large, bulky household items and are unable to bring them to the nearest Household Recycling Centre yourself, your district council can come and collect them for a fee. See the below links for more information from your district council:

Cambridge City Council
East Cambridgeshire District Council
Fenland District Council
Huntingdonshire District Council
South Cambridgeshire District Council

Please find below a useful guide to our Household Recycling Centres and how to get the most out of your visit.

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A useful guide to what you can recycle at your nearest recycling centre
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Household Recycling Service Strategy

The Household Waste Recycling Service Strategy sets out our strategy for providing a household recycling service to the residents of Cambridgeshire to dispose of bulky household items or items not collected at the kerbside. See our Recycling Service Strategy 2014 - 2019 below.

Recycling Service Strategy 2014 - 2019 pdf (4.22MB)
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Recycling Centres Charter and Policy

The Recycling Centres Customer Charter will be reviewed and updated as part of the options work undertaken as a result of the Household Recycling Service Strategy above.

Recycling Centre Customer Charter
Recycling Centres Customer Charter
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Vehicle Part Policy

Our Household Recycling Centres Vehicle Part Policy specifies what vehicle parts and vehicle fluids our sites are able to accept.

Vehicle Parts Policy
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Trade Waste Policy and Commercial Waste Policy

Our Household Recycling Centres are not licensed to accept waste from commercial business or contractors. Please see our Trade Waste Policy for more information. We also do not accept waste from parish councils, schools, charity shops or clubs as specified in our Commercial Waste Policy.

Trade Waste Policy
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Tenanted Properties Policy

We can accept waste from tenants however we do not accept waste from landlords as specified in our Tenanted Properties Policy.

Tenanted Properties Policy
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Construction, Demolition and DIY Waste Policy

Waste from large scale construction, demolition or renovation projects cannot be accepted at Household Recycling Centres. Small scale project waste may be accepted. Please see our Construction, Demolition and DIY Waste Policy for more information.

Construction, Demolition and DIY Policy Guidance 2019
Construction, Demolition and DIY waste policy pdf (397.61KB)
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Buying and selling at the Recycling Centre

Soil-improving compost

40 litre bags of soil-improving compost made from Cambridgeshire's garden and food waste can be bought at recycling centres (apart from Milton) for £2.50 each. Customers must bring their own bags and shovels to load their vehicles.

Our contractor Amey provides soil improver free of charge to the public at all three of the County's transfer stations:

Waterbeach Waste Management Park
Ely Road
CB25 9PG
(Near the main entrance to the park, from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 1pm on Saturday)

Alconbury Waste Transfer Station
Stangate Park
Alconbury Hill
Alconbury Weston
PE28 4JH
(From 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday)

March Waste Transfer Station
Melbourne Avenue
PE15 0EN
(From 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday)

Bring banks

You can find Recycling Banks located in villages, towns and cities across Cambridgeshire, meaning you don’t have to go so far to recycle your waste. These include collections for items such as textiles, electrical items, books and shoes.

Follow the links below to find recycling banks in your local area: