Household waste

Household waste

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Householders can deposit their own personal waste at our centres. There are a few materials which we cannot accept and a list of what materials we do recycle at these centres. 

What we don’t accept

  • Animal bedding, carcasses and faeces
  • Contaminated materials presenting a direct contact risk
  • Unsectioned trees
  • Flammable liquids and explosives e.g. petrol / fireworks / ammunitions

What we recycle at our HWRCs

  • Cardboard 
  • Car batteries (up to 2 per year) and domestic batteries (eg torch type and small rechargeable)
  • Car tyres (up to 5 car tyres per year)
  • Cooking Oil
  • Engine Filters and waste engine oil (up to 10 litres per year)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Garden waste
  • Gas bottles
  • Fluorescent tubes includes all energy saving fluorescent bulbs not just the strip lighting (up to 4 fluorescent tubes per year) 
  • Hardcore (eg bricks, rubble)
  • Household Electrical Goods
  • Man Made Wood (eg Chipboard or MDF)
  • Paper - excluding Christmas wrapping paper
  • Scrap metal including fridges, foil and drinks cans
  • Soil
  • Textiles
  • Wood

We also accept other non hazardous waste from members of the public if it is their own personal waste.

Re-useable items

Suitable waste items deposited at our sites may be made available for re-use. This recycling of re-useable items includes a shop at the Aston Clinton site, near Aylesbury and the High Heavens, High Wycombe site.


Accepted at some centres with conditions

  • Asbestos and garden chemicals - further rules apply     
  • Plasterboard or plaster (accepted at Amersham, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, High Heavens and Langley HWRC only)
  • Commercial / trade waste -  please note our trade facilities operate with different opening hours and there is a charge for disposal.  Please see Commercial waste for more details.