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

Opening times

From 1 April to 30 September:

Monday 8am to 8pm
Tuesday 8am to 6pm
Wednesday 8am to 6pm
Thursday 8am to 8pm
Friday 8am to 6pm
Saturday 8am to 6pm
Sunday 8am to 6pm

From 1 October to 31 March:

Monday 8am to 4pm
Tuesday 8am to 4pm
Wednesday 8am to 4pm
Thursday 8am to 4pm
Friday 8am to 4pm
Saturday 8am to 4pm
Sunday 8am to 4pm

Special dates

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


Household Recycling centre
Welland Road

Please arrive 15 minutes before the stated closing times to avoid refusal to the site.

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
  • Asbestos
  • Batteries
  • Books
  • Car batteries
  • Cardboard
  • Cartons
  • Cooking oil
  • Electrical
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Food tins and drink cans
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Garden waste
  • Gas bottles
  • Hardcore and rubble
  • Household and garden chemicals
  • Household waste
  • Large appliances
  • Large tins
  • Low energy bulbs
  • Mixed glass bottles and jars
  • Mixed textiles and clothes
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Plastic bottles
  • Scrap metal
  • Small appliances
  • Soil
  • TV's and monitors
  • Used engine oil
  • Wood and timber

Household Recycling Centre - Waste Disposal Policy

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Householders' waste disposal Duty of Care

Under the domestic waste ‘Duty of Care’, householders are now responsible for ensuring that their rubbish is only passed on to authorised waste carriers. Some people pose as legitimate waste carriers and then fly-tip rubbish that they have been paid to dispose of properly.

If any fly tipped waste is traced back to the household it came from, the householder could be fined. Therefore, if you use a waste carrier other than Peterborough City Council to remove household, garden or construction waste you must carry out the following check:

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.

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

Apply for a Householders Recycling Centre permit

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.

You can apply for a permit using the online form below.

Permits are valid for 7 days and allow up to 3 visits. Please allow between 5 and 10 working days for your permit to be delivered to you.

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 to complete a trade waste disclaimer form which will be investigated by the city council's enforcement team.

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. 


  • Standard size transit type vans (approximately 4.7m long and 1.9m high) are allowed into the Household Recycling Centre.
  • Any van longer than 4.7m or higher than 2m will not be allowed, this includes long wheel base vans, Luton type box vans and flat bed tipper type trucks. 


  • No trailers over 2.5 metres (at full length) will be allowed into the Household Recycling Centre at any time. Please note trailer length measures from the tow bar to the end of the trailer (ie: includes the A Frame).

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 that a permit only provides permission to enter the site and is not a permit to deposit waste.

Permit application form

 Data Protection

Peterborough City Council is registered under the Data Protection Act 1998 for the purpose of processing personal data in the performance of its legitimate business. Any information held by the Council will be processed in compliance with the eight principles of the Act. Information you provide may be shared with other public sector organisations for the prevention and detection of fraud. Information you provide may be shared with other Council departments to aid in the provision of Council services. Further information relating to your rights under the Data Protection Act will be sent to you on request.
 Postcode Validation
In order for your application to proceed we need to verify your address details. Please enter either part or all of your postcode and click 'Find Address'. If an address is found you will then be required to complete the rest of the personal details section.

NB: If your address cannot be found please contact customer services.
 HRC Agreement Statement
The deposit of commercial or trade waste is illegal, and the Council will seek to identify and where possible prosecute those caught offending. The authority reserves the right to refuse your application where it is considered that the waste is not generated or of the type associated with every day living within your home.

The penalties available for offences under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 are as follows:

For a summary conviction, the maximum term of imprisonment is twelve months and the maximum available fine is £50,000

For conviction on indictment, the maximum term of imprisonment for offences concerning non-hazardous or hazardous waste is five years.