Update: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Household Recycling Centres are open for essential visits only
Please avoid visiting sites if you are able to safely store items at home until initial high demand reduces.
A booking system has been introduced for vehicles and trailers requiring e-permits at all sites, and for all vehicles at Alconbury, Bluntisham, Milton, St Neots and Thriplow.
- For E-permit requirements, see: e-permit scheme page
- For booking system information, and to book, see: booking system page
- Be prepared to wait. Measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 have reduced the number of vehicles that are able to access sites;
- Use refuse, recycling and bulky waste collections where possible to avoid unnecessary visits;
- Do not visit if you or any of your household are self-isolating as a result of Covid-19;
- Do not bring waste that might be infected with Covid-19. This should be stored in a separate sealed plastic sack within a second plastic sack for at least 72 hours and then put out for household refuse collections;
- Sites are provided for Cambridgeshire residents only. Please be prepared to provide proof of residence;
- Avoid peak times, typically 9am-10am, noon -1pm and the hour before closing.
Social distancing measures
- Social distancing of two metres is being applied, supported by signage, site layout changes, and additional staff;
- The number of vehicles allowed on site has been reduced, with alternate spaces unusable to help maintain distances;
- A maximum of two adults can unload vehicles where necessary for heavy or bulky items. Where possible only a single person should be outside of a vehicle. Children must remain in the vehicle at all times;
- Site staff are unable to help unload vehicles, so bring a helper from your own household if you need assistance;
- Hand sanitiser is available for use when arriving and leaving site;
- Dress appropriately. Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes, gloves are also advised;
- Pedestrian access to sites is not permitted.
Materials accepted on site
- We are unable to accept COVID-19 infected waste (see disposal guidance above);
- We are temporarily unable to accept the following materials because no outlet for materials is available:
Subject to these exclusions, details of material accepted can be found at https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/waste-and-recycling/what-can-i-recycle
Sales areas for re-usable items are currently closed
Frequently Asked Questions
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Household Recycling Centre policies
Check your vehicle is allowed entry to the sites
For information about the types and sizes of vehicles that are allowed entry to our Household Recycling Centres, and whether or not you will require an e-permit for your vehicle, please visit our HRC e-permit scheme webpage.
Bulky waste collections
If you need to dispose of large, bulky household items and are unable to bring them to the nearest Household Recycling Centre yourself, your district council can come and collect them for a fee. See the below links for more information from your district council:
Cambridge City Council - Bulky waste
East Cambridgeshire District Council - Bulky waste
Fenland District Council - Bulky waste
Huntingdonshire District Council - Bulky waste
South Cambridgeshire District Council -Bulky waste
Please find below a useful guide to our Household Recycling Centres and how to get the most out of your visit.
Household Recycling Service Strategy
The Household Waste Recycling Service Strategy sets out our strategy for providing a household recycling service to the residents of Cambridgeshire to dispose of bulky household items or items not collected at the kerbside. See our Recycling Service Strategy 2014 - 2019 below.
Recycling Centres Charter and Policy
The Recycling Centres Customer Charter will be reviewed and updated as part of the options work undertaken as a result of the Household Recycling Service Strategy above.
Vehicle Part Policy
Our Household Recycling Centres Vehicle Part Policy specifies what vehicle parts and vehicle fluids our sites are able to accept.
Trade Waste Policy and Commercial Waste Policy
Our Household Recycling Centres are not licensed to accept waste from commercial business or contractors. Please see our Trade Waste Policy for more information. We also do not accept waste from parish councils, schools, charity shops or clubs as specified in our Commercial Waste Policy.
Tenanted Properties Policy
We can accept waste from tenants however we do not accept waste from landlords as specified in our Tenanted Properties Policy.
Construction, Demolition and DIY Waste Policy
Waste from large scale construction, demolition or renovation projects cannot be accepted at Household Recycling Centres. Small scale project waste may be accepted. Please see our Construction, Demolition and DIY Waste Policy for more information.
Buying and selling at the Recycling Centre
40 litre bags of soil-improving compost made from Cambridgeshire's garden and food waste can be bought at recycling centres (apart from Milton) for £2.50 each. Customers must bring their own bags and shovels to load their vehicles.
Our contractor Amey provides soil improver free of charge to the public at all three of the County's transfer stations:
Waterbeach Waste Management Park
(Near the main entrance to the park, from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 1pm on Saturday)
Alconbury Waste Transfer Station
(From 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday)
March Waste Transfer Station
(From 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday)
You can find Recycling Banks located in villages, towns and cities across Cambridgeshire, meaning you don’t have to go so far to recycle your waste. These include collections for items such as textiles, electrical items, books and shoes.
Follow the links below to find recycling banks in your local area: