Household Recycling Centre

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This site operates for members of the public to dispose of their household waste so that as much as possible can be recycled.

  • Business waste is not accepted at this site. If you want to dispose of business waste please visit our business waste page.
  • Waste is accepted at the site manager's discretion, find out more about the waste we accept from the Waste Disposal Policy.
  • If you are using a van or trailer to dispose of your waste you will need to apply for a permit. Please read the information regarding the Household Recycling Centre permits below before applying. 

Please note: only Peterborough City Council residents are entitled to a permit.

Opening times

From 1 April to 30 September

Monday and Thursday

8am - 8pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

8am - 6pm

From 1 October to 31 March

Monday to Sunday 8am - 4pm

Special dates

Bank holidays 8am - 4pm
Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve 8am - 12pm
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day Closed

Please note: you will need to arrive 15 minutes before the stated closing times to avoid refusal to the site.


Household Recycling centre
Welland Road

Bad weather

Sometimes the Household Recycling Centre may have to close at short notice due to bad weather conditions which can cause slippery surfaces and affect operations preventing safe access. These occasions will be announced on our homepage.

If in doubt, please contact customer services for up to date information on the recycling centre, or save your visit for another day.

Acceptable recycling

Aerosols Electrical Household waste Paper
Asbestos Fluorescent tubes Large appliances Plastic bottles
Batters Food tins and drink cans Large tines Printer cartridges
Books Fridges and freezer Low energy bulbs Scrap metal
Car batteries Garden waste Mixed glass bottles and jars Small appliances
Cardboard Gas bottles Mixed textiles and clothes Soil
Cartons Hardcore and rubble Newspapers and magazines TVs and monitors
Cooking oil Household and garden chemicals Paint Used engine oil
Wood and timber

Householders' waste disposal Duty of Care

As a householder, you have a legal obligation to take all reasonable measures to ensure that your waste is disposed of properly.

The Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations require all householders to make sure their waste is only removed from their premises by registered waste carriers. 

Waste Disposal Policy

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Unlicensed carriers may be tempted to illegally dump, or 'fly-tip', the waste they collect in order to avoid the charges for proper disposal. Not only does this harm the environment but the Council Tax payer has to fund the costs of clearing up the waste dumped on public land, and landowners have to bear this cost themselves if waste is fly-tipped on private land.

Rogue waste carriers are more likely to use social media sites such as Facebook to offer their services.

Householders are encouraged to think carefully about whom they give their waste to, and not simply choose the cheapest option. We will take action against any householder who has not taken reasonable measures to ensure their waste is passed on to an authorised person.

Check before your waste is collected

Whenever you are considering arranging for anyone other than Peterborough City Council to collect any waste from your household, always carry out the following checks:

    • ask to see their waste carrier license - you can check if they are registered waste carriers by searching the Environment Agency's public register of waste carriers online or by calling 03708 506 506.
    • record the vehicle registration numbers of any vehicle used to transport your waste.
    • always ask for a proper invoice and receipt.
    • don’t be afraid to ask questions - you have a duty of care to take reasonable steps to prevent someone else dumping your waste unlawfully. Always ask a carrier what exactly is going to happen to your waste and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately. A legitimate, professional waste carrier who wants your business should not object to being asked reasonable questions.

Please note: always ask for their waste carrier license number and if in doubt check their details with the Environment Agency - it is you that could face a fine of up to £5,000 if you do not and your waste ends up dumped illegally.

Reporting a suspicious waste carrier

Please contact the Prevention & Enforcement Service with the following information:

  • company name or name of sole trader who is collecting waste
  • any other contact details known, such as address and phone number
  • description of waste collection activities
  • description of vehicle used to collect waste including vehicle registration number where possible

Disposing of other items

White goods in working order can be taken to our WEE Reuse facility where they will be redistributed to charities and low income families.

If you are looking to dispose of furniture in a reasonable condition, please consider passing these items on to a local charity, such as:

  • Salvation Army 01733 348777 or 553388
  • Sue Ryder Care 01733 352732
  • CareZone 01733 575083

Information regarding Householders Recycling Centre permits

If you are using a van or trailer to dispose of your waste you will need to apply for a free permit. If you are using a car you do not need to apply for a permit. Size restrictions on vans and trailers do apply, see below for more details.

Each household is entitled to one permit lasting 12 months, allowing a maximum 12 visits in those 12 months. The exception will be for those using a hire vehicle, where each household will be entitled to 1 permit, allowing a maximum 3 visits in a 7 day period. A maximum of 2 x 7 day hire vehicle permits may be issued to one household within any 21 day period. 

On arrival at the HRC, please hand your permit to a member of staff who will confirm that the vehicle details match those shown and mark the permit to indicate that one visit has been used. If you visit the Householders Recycling Centre more than once in any one day, each visit will be counted separately and your permit marked accordingly.

Only household waste will be accepted. If your waste is suspected to be commercial/trade waste you will not be allowed to tip your waste. You may also be required to complete a trade waste disclaimer form which will be investigated by the city council's enforcement team.

Apply for a Householders Recycling Centre permit

You can apply for a permit online or by calling 01733 747474. Please allow between 3 and 5 working days for your permit to be delivered to you. Alternatively, permits can be issued on the day at Bayard Place, Peterborough, Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1FZ (9-5pm Monday to Friday, bank holiday times may vary). Please ensure you bring one proof of address (ie: utility bill) and one form of photographic ID (ie: driving licence) for the permit to be issued.

Vehicle size restrictions

The council has a duty to ensure that the Household Recycling Centre is operated safely and with minimum risk to the public, site operators and council staff. Vehicle size restrictions are for health and safety reasons. Site managers reserve the right to refuse entry to vans and cars with trailers or other large vehicles, which present a risk to safety on the site at that time, in particular when the site is busy. 

Vans and other large vehicles:

  • Vehicles no larger than a standard size transit type vans (approximately 4.7m long and 1.9m high) are allowed into the Household Recycling Centre. All vans within the size restrictions require a permit.
  • Any vehicle longer than 4.7m or higher than 2m will not be allowed, this includes (but is not limited to) long wheel base vans, Luton type box vans and  flat bed tipper trucks.  


  • No trailer beds over 8’ 6” (2.5 metres) in length will be allowed into the Household Recycling Centre at any time. All vehicles using trailers within the size restrictions require a permit. 

Apply for a Householders Recycling Centre permit

Why we have a permit scheme

The permit scheme prevents traders from entering the site but allows access for householders to dispose of their household waste using a commercial type vehicle. This reduces onsite congestion making the site quicker and easier to use.

We use CCTV to monitor the site, frequent users will be highlighted for further investigation. We reserve the right to make further enquiries to the owner of the vehicle or at the premises from which the waste originated. Details may be passed onto the relevant enforcement authorities.

Permits only allow entry to the centre. Waste deposited must be in accordance with the Waste Disposal Policy and the materials accepted.

Please note: a permit only provides permission to enter the site and is not a permit to deposit waste.

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