Disposing of invasive plants, asbestos, plasterboard or chemicals

You can dispose of asbestos, plasterboard, and garden chemicals at  Amersham, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, High Heavens and Langley recycling centres.

From 1 April 2019, residents have to pay to dispose of plasterboard and asbestos

Non-native invasive plants

You cannot dispose of any non-native invasive plants in your garden waste collection or at the Household Recycling Centres. The most common non-native invasive plants are:

  • Japanese knotweed
  • Giant hogweed
  • Himalayan balsam, or
  • Rhododendron ponticum

If you want to dispose of these plants you should visit the .GOV website - Stop invasive non-native plants from spreading It has advice on managing, treating, and disposing of non-native invasive plants.


You will need to apply for a waste permit to dispose of asbestos at a Household Recycling Centre. The e-permit is valid for 1 year and can be used up to three times. There will be a disposal charge at the sites which accept this material and the maximum amount accepted is three normal sized bin-liner bags (or four sheets of approx 2m by 1m). 

Conditions of disposal:

  • only bonded asbestos accepted
  • all wood, glass, plastic and metal must have been removed before disposal
  • asbestos must be double bagged and wrapped
  • speak to a site attendant before disposal to assess the load and pay for disposal
Private asbestos disposal

If you have asbestos to dispose of, and don't wish to do this yourself, we recommend using a private asbestos removal contractor.  

Garden chemicals

We can accept up to 5 litres of garden chemicals, paraffin or petrol/diesel. Please ensure they are still in the original containers which are not leaking. Petrol and diesel should be in a petrol or jerry can.


From 1st April 2019, there will be a charge for disposing of plasterboard. All plasterboard brought to site should have tiles, wood and other materials removed before disposal.


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Last updated: 30 July 2020

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