As a result of COVID-19 changes have been made to the way you use the recycling centre. Please ensure you book before visiting.

We have had to change the way that some of our services operate to meet the guidelines set out by the government in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and to provide additional support for those affected.

The Household Waste Recycling Centre is provided for the recycling and disposal of household waste only. We will not accept waste from the following premises/groups/activities:

  • Landlords disposing of waste from rental properties
  • Educational or medical establishments
  • Charity shops; charitable organisations and premises (except where otherwise agreed in writing with Torbay Council)
  • Any club, society or other association of persons (including allotment organisations)
  • Religious establishments
  • Prisons or probation services
  • Agricultural holdings, including smallholdings and paddocks (excluding waste from the farmhouse itself)
  • Waste from shops, businesses, traders including business waste associated with people working from home
  • Removal firms
  • 'Man and Van' or house clearance operators
  • Waste from rented holiday homes, holiday lets, campsites and caravan parks

These groups/businesses can use the commercial waste recycling and disposal service.

It is up to the staff working on the site to ensure that guidelines are adhered to and sometimes this will mean that they will need to make a judgement about the type and/or quantity of waste. They ultimately have the power to turn people away from the site or advise them that a charge for waste disposal will be made.

Items that are accepted, restricted or charged for (from 4 January 2020) and not accepted at the Recycling Centre

Accepted

  • Batteries
  • Bikes - These are recycled through the HMP Channings Wood Bike Project.
  • Cans - Food and drinks cans can be put in your kerbside recycling box.
  • Car Batteries
  • Cardboard - Please use the recycling centre for large amounts of cardboard that won’t fit into your kerbside recycling box
  • Ceramics/porcelain
  • Clothing, textiles and shoes
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Freezers
  • Fridges
  • Furniture
  • Garden waste
  • Gas bottles – including Flo Gas, Calor Gas, BOC and BP cylinders; standard low pressure gas cylinders (eg gas heater cylinders); small canisters (eg camping gas, soda stream etc); fire extinguishers and helium cylinders.
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Household batteries
  • Large domestic appliances – Items such as cookers, microwaves, washing machines etc are all accepted.
  • Liquid cartons - known as Tetrapak
  • Lightbulbs
  • Metals – Ferrous and non-ferrous metals accepted
  • Paint
  • Paper, junk mail, newspapers and magazines – please use your kerbside recycling service or a paper bank
  • Plate glass
  • Plastic bottles, tubs and trays – These can be recycled by placing them in your kerbside recycling box (no black plastic)
  • Small Domestic Appliances – Items such as toasters, hairdryers, music players etc are accepted at the recycling centre or will be collected by the kerbside recycling service (not available in communal recycling)
  • Steel and aluminium cans and foil
  • TV’s PC’s and monitors
  • Waste engine oil, cooking oil and other lubricants
  • Wood, wood derivatives and timber

Accepted with restrictions or charges

  • Asbestos - A maximum of four strong plastic bags, double wrapped and securely sealed. Please make site staff aware of these items on arrival and it must be placed into the container by the resident, at their own risk. A charge will be made from 4 January.
  • Black bag residual waste – Residual waste of a similar composition to household waste is limited to two sacks per resident per visit.
  • Chemicals (pesticides, white spirit and other household chemicals) – Must be securely contained and labelled. Limit of 5 litres.  Please make site staff aware of these items.
  • Hardcore and Rubble - a charge will be made from 4 January.
    Plasterboard - a charge will be made from 4 January.
  • DIY waste - The amount of DIY waste that can be brought to the site is limited to the equivalent of what will fit into the back of a family car, twice in one year and that can be lifted safely by one person. DIY waste is not classed as household waste, but it is recognised that facilities are still needed for residents to dispose of small quantities of DIY waste from minor home improvement projects. If a household is generating larger quantities than this they must hire a skip or arrange for alternative private disposal via a suitable licensed company. Charges will be made for most types of DIY waste from 4 January.

    It is up to the staff working on the site to ensure that these guidelines are adhered to and sometimes this will mean that they will need to make a judgement about the type and/or quantity of waste. They ultimately have the power to turn people away from the site or to advise them that a charge for waste disposal will be made.

  • Tyres - a charge will be made from 4 January.

Not accepted

  • Ammunition - Recycling centres are not licensed to accept ammunition or explosives. Please contact your local police station for advice.
  • Animals or animal bedding
  • Commercial asbestos
  • Fireworks and Explosives - Recycling centres are not licensed to accept ammunition or explosives. Please contact your local police station for advice.
  • Flares - Flares are not accepted at the recycling centre. If you have out of date or damaged flares, first contact the place where you bought the flares as they may operate a ‘take back’ scheme.
  • Oxygen cylinders and LPG auto gas tanks
  • Sharps/clinical items - Visit the clinical waste page to arrange for home collection
  • Waste from major renovations (eg. kitchen, bathroom or other major room renovations).

Flytipping of any type of waste can result in up to a five year prison sentence or up to a £50,000 fine, so please be responsible with your waste.