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Recycling

Bring banks

To avoid queuing at a household waste recycling centre, you can take recyclable materials – such as clothing, glass bottles and batteries – to your local bring banks, as provided by Cornwall Council.

Household waste recycling centres 

You can bring your household waste to a household waste recycling centre, located throughout Cornwall.

For more information, select your local household waste recycling centre from the list on the right.

Health and safety

Over one million people bring bulky, heavy or sharp objects to our recycling centres every year and you need to be aware of potential hazards.

Our household waste recycling centre teams are happy to help and provide assistance where possible. To avoid injury, they are not permitted to lift excessively heavy or awkward loads. So, if a bulky or heavy item required two or more people to load it into your vehicle, the same number of people should travel with the item to unload it once on site.

For safety reasons, pedestrians are not allowed to walk through the entrance or exit gates.

  • Drive slowly and carefully.
  • Be aware of vehicles manoeuvring and other people on site.
  • Leave young children and pets in the car.
  • Don’t overload containers you’re carrying.
  • Protect your back by bending your knees when you lift heavy items.
  • Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes in case you drop something.
  • Wear gloves to avoid cuts and scratches.
  • Beware of slip and trip hazards.
  • Don’t climb on any barriers.
  • Ask our friendly operatives if you need any help.
  • Report any accidents or potential hazards.

Commercial vehicles

If you drive a commercial vehicle such as a van or vehicle with a trailer, you will need to apply for a permit at Cornwall Council’s website. This scheme is designed to deter unlawful waste disposal by traders, while ensuring that residents can use their own vehicle.

If you drive a vehicle that’s designed to carry people rather than goods, you won’t need a permit.

Find out more / apply for your permit.

Top tips for recycling at your local centre

  • To save time at the household waste recycling centre, separate your waste before you visit. Pre-sort your waste to ensure sharp objects are safely packed to avoid potential accidents.
  • If possible, visit during weekdays when it is less busy between the hours of 11am and 3pm.
  • Be aware that the household waste recycling centre may close briefly while we exchange containers. This has to happen for your own safety, so please be patient. We will reopen as soon as possible.
  • Remember, it’s fine to bring household waste, but it’s illegal to bring trade waste to any household waste recycling centre.
  • You can bring your old PC, laptop, tablet or other device to a household waste recycling centre for reuse or recycling. Before doing so, please back up your files and restore your device to its ‘factory settings’ to remove access to any information or programs you have installed. You may also wish to consider using data shredding software or destroying the hard drive.
  • For any queries, please call our helpline on 01726 828230.

What it costs

Disposing of most household waste is absolutely free. However, if you are disposing of DIY and construction waste such as asbestos, plasterboard, soil/rubble or tyres, there is a charge to pay. This is to cover the disposal costs.

Check the cost here.

Trade waste

It’s illegal to deposit trade waste at a household waste recycling centre, but you can use our specialist recycling and waste management services for businesses. These include:

  • Roll on off/skip containers
  • Hazardous waste disposal
  • Confidential waste disposal
  • Trade waste collection
  • Paper recycling
  • Cardboard recycling
  • Glass recycling
  • Transfer stations

To discuss how best to dispose of your trade waste, please contact us on 01209 202000. A member of our sales team will visit your premises to complete pre-treatment paperwork and share duty of care documentation.

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