Restrictions at household waste recycling centres

The maximum number of trips permitted to dispose of DIY waste is determined by the type of vehicle. Please see the tables below to work out how many trips you can make in your vehicle.

​Vehicle type​Number of free DIY waste trips per 2 months (60 days)
​Small cars​8 trips
​Large cars4 trips​
​Estate cars4 trips​
MPVs4 trips​
​People carriers​4 trips
​4x4s without pickup​4 trips
​​Campervans or minibuses with rear seats and fittings (used for passenger transport)​4 trips
​Vehicle type​Number of free DIY waste trips per 12 months (365 days)
​Cars towing trailers under 1.8m in length​6 trips (as per e-permit allowance)
​Pick-ups and crew cabs under 3.5 tonnes gross laden weight6 trips​
​Vans under 3.5 tonnes gross laden weight​​6 trips
​Campervans and minibuses with rear seats and fittings removed​​6 trips
​Horseboxes under 3.5 tonnes gross laden weight​6 trips
​Any medium vehicle towing trailers under 1.8m in length​6 trips

DIY waste

DIY waste (or construction and demolition waste) is large amounts of waste that is generated through building or renovation work in your home or garden.

By law, waste types, such as DIY waste, that you may produce through building or renovation work in your home or garden are classed as 'non-household waste' the North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire Councils do not have to accept these wastes types free of charge.

Examples of DIY waste (not a comprehensive list)

  • Hardcore, rubble and bricks
  • Tiles and ceramics
  • Paving slabs
  • Plasterboard
  • Roofing materials
  • Soil, turf and tree trunks from landscaping activities
  • Baths, toilets and basins
  • Fitted carpets and underlay
  • Doors, windows and frames
  • Kitchen units and work surfaces
  • Built in wardrobes and cupboards
  • Shed and fence panels
  • Laminate flooring
  • Timber and MDF hardboard
  • Central heating system components

You may be asked to confirm that you are disposing of DIY waste from your normal place of residence (the house that you live in) by the recycling centre staff.

What if I have more waste to dispose of than permitted?

If you need to make more site visits than permitted then we will direct you to one of our sites that has a weighbridge and will treat this as trade waste which is chargeable.


Asbestos and asbestos bonded materials cannot be disposed of at any of our recycling centres.

Asbestos is a dangerous substance that can cause severe respiratory illness and must be disposed of with care. Asbestos was extensively used in buildings built during the first part of the last century. The use of asbestos is banned in the European Union.

If you discover asbestos or asbestos bonded materials in your home during building work or DIY activities the general advice is to leave it alone. If the material is damaged or you have to remove it, you must make arrangements for its safe removal and disposal.

Asbestos removal companies

You can hire a licensed, specialist company to remove and/or dispose of the asbestos for you. Such companies advertise locally or online.

Asbestos disposal scheme for householders

​Alternatively small quantities of ‘bonded asbestos’, arising from household maintenance and repairs, can be taken by you, the householder, to our waste transfer station operated by Suez, located on the Brackmills Industrial Estate (Liliput Road) in Northampton under the Asbestos Disposal Scheme:

Waste Transfer Station
Liliput Road
Brackmills Trading Estate

Before your visit

Please telephone 01213 332118 prior to your visit to ensure the site has the capacity to receive asbestos. If you do not make contact with the site prior to arrival, they may refuse to accept your waste.

Depending on the type of asbestos, a charge may be incurred (see below for details).

This scheme is only available for asbestos removed by you from your own home and not for trade waste which includes asbestos you have paid to have removed from your home.

​There are strict guidelines regarding this procedure, the amounts of asbestos waste that can be handled in this way and the way in which it is presented. Waste will not be accepted if it does not fall within these guidelines.

​Only one trip per household is permitted.

​Each individual bonded asbestos sheet/pipe must be wrapped in clear thick gauge polythene sheeting (available from DIY stores) and sealed with tape to prevent the release of dust (maximum length per piece = 1.8 metres).

​If you have more than the maximum acceptable quantities shown above, then the whole amount is charged at the commercial rate and none of the waste is eligible for disposal under the scheme.

You may wish to ring alternative companies to get quotes for the disposal of your asbestos.

​A subsidised charge is made for the following acceptable items:

​Up to an absolute maximum of 5 sheets of 900mm x 1.80 metres£75.56
​Up to an absolute maximum of 9.00 metres run of asbestos (pipe/guttering)​£75.56
​1 asbestos water tank​£61.30

Items for which no charge is made:

  •  Ironing boards with asbestos iron rest pad (do not remove the pad from the ironing board)
  •  Small domestic asbestos fire blankets

Please note: If you produce more than the maximum quantities shown, the whole amount is charged at the transfer station's commercial rate and none of the waste will be eligible for disposal under the Scheme at any time. 


We have plasterboard recycling facilities at all of our household waste recycling centres.

Please ensure that any plasterboard you wish to recycle:

  •  is stripped of any contaminating material such as wood, tiles and bricks
  •  is removed from bags and wrappers

If plasterboard is not completely free of contaminating material we may refuse to take it.

Plasterboard recycling checklist

Use the checklist below before you try to dispose of any plasterboard.


  • Plasterboard with wallpaper or paint
  • Plasterboard with foil backing

No thank you

  • Tiles
  • Bricks and breeze blocks
  • Batting and fixings