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 to 8pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
8am to 6pm

From 1 October to 31 March

Monday to Sunday 8am to 4pm

Special dates

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

Please 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
Batteries Food tins and drink cans Large tins Scrap metal
Books Fridges and freezers Low energy bulbs Small appliances
Car Batteries Garden waste Mixed glass bottles and jars Soil
Cardboard Gas bottles Mixed textiles and clothes TVs and monitors
Cartons Hardcore and rubble Newspapers and magazines Used engine oil
Cooking oil Household and garden chemicals Paint Wood and timber

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.

Waste Disposal Policy

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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.

Each household is entitled to one permit a week. Permits are valid for 7 days for 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 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 trailer beds over 8’ 6” (2.5 metres) in length will be allowed into the Household Recycling Centre at any time.

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