Waste that we make a charge for

There are charges for some items at our household waste recycling centres.

There are charges for the disposal of all vehicle tyres and commercial waste. 

You can dispose of waste created by your own DIY projects for free, but there are restrictions on size and amounts that can be brought in, and the number of visits you can make each week.

Once a week, you can bring either:

  • a single article of waste no larger than 2000mm x 750mm x 700mm in size


  • less than 100 litres of DIY waste items, capable of being fitted into two 50 litre bags (we do not supply these bags - an example of the correct size of bag to use is located at our centres for reference purposes only)

We can accept these items free of charge in the quantities mentioned above:

  • hardcore, bricks, rubble and tarmac, including plasterboard and gypsum items, slate, stone, soil, clay, turf, gravel and pebbles
  • concrete, including breeze blocks, paving slabs, lintels, mortar and rendering, mixed or powdered cement or cement board
  • glass, including shower screens, plate and sheet glass, tiles, furniture shelving, table tops
  • pottery and ceramics, including baths, toilets, bidets, shower trays, sinks
  • sand, including sharp sand, play pit sand and sand from sandbags used as flood protection

Any extra items in any one visit is chargeable and will need to paid for via credit or debit card.

You must complete a form at your household waste recycling centre to declare that the waste has been produced by your own work and not from any work for which a payment has been made or is to be made. 

Please see a member of staff before disposing of your DIY waste.

Waste must be manageable. Please do not overload bags with heavy items that you cannot lift by yourself.

Price list for additional hardcore, rubble and plasterboard

The charges for additional disposal of hardcore, rubble and plasterboard are per standard hardcore and rubble bag. A sample of the standard bag is available at the sites.

Volume Hardcore / rubble Plasterboard
Standard hardcore and rubble bag £3.60 £3.50

Hardcore, rubble and plasterboard waste details

Commercial customers will be charged for disposal of all of the waste types below.

Residents and charities can dispose of this waste for free, subject to the restrictions on size and amounts that can be brought in, and the number of visits you can make each week.

Waste type Derivatives
Ash Aga / fire
Breeze blocks  
Ceramics Baths
  Plates - cooking pots, dishes etc
  Shower tray
  Sink / pedestal
Fire surrounds Marble
Flagstones Paving slabs
Glass Fish / reptile tank
  Furniture - shelving; table top
  Greenhouse glass
  Kitchenware including Pyrex
  Plate - window
  Shower screen
  Fish tank / litter tray
Kitchen worktops Marble
Plasterboard Plaster / gypsum and similar materials
Pottery Cups
  Drainage pipes
  Plant pots
Sand Play pit
  Gardening / grow bags / planters
  De-stoning flower beds and borders
Tiles Floor / roof / wall
Turf Whole lawn / 'substantial' volume

Hardcore and rubble or plasterboard bag equivalents

This table is a guide to the number of hardcore and rubble bag equivalents for items of waste. The number of bag equivalents and charge must be agreed with a member of site staff when you visit the household waste recycling centre.

Item Bag equivalent
Breeze block 1
Bricks (four) 1
Concrete fence post (2.4m x 100mm x 60mm) 2
Kerb pin (1.2m long) 3
Sheet of plasterboard (2.4m x 1.2m) 2
Shower tray 2
Shower screen 1
Sink (bathroom) 1
Sink (bathroom) and pedestal 2
Sink (Belfast kitchen) 1
Sink (ceramic kitchen) 2
Toilet 1
Toilet and cistern 2
Toilet cistern 1

Charges for disposing of tyres

We charge for the disposal of tyres as they are not classed as household waste.

Tyres should be placed in the designated area which will be marked with a sign. This is so they can be recycled. If any tyres are mistakenly placed in the waste for energy recovery container or any other container a charge will still be made.

Price list for tyres

Band Description Price (each)
A Standard tyre (car / motorcycle / 4x4) - off rim £3.30
Standard tyre (car / motorcycle / 4x4) - on rim £3.30
C Truck - off rim £12.60
D Truck - on rim £15.40
E Agricultural - off rim £20.90
F Agricultural - on rim £27.90
G Solid £15.40

Tyres that we charge for

This applies to residents and charities only. Commercial customers will be charged for all of the waste types below.

Tyre type Chargeable
Car Yes
Bicycle No
4x4 vehicle Yes
Motorcycle Yes
Van Yes
Wheelbarrow No
Go-kart (motorised) No
Caravan Yes
Mobility scooter No
Trailer Yes
Children's toys No
Pram / pushchair No
Shopping trolley No
Golf trolley No
Wheelchair No
Lawnmower No
Truck Yes
Agricultural Yes
Earth mover Yes

How to pay for the disposal of this type of waste

On arrival you will need to agree, with a member of staff, the volume of hardcore, rubble and plasterboard or tyres you have. This will set how much you have to pay. 

Each time you bring in DIY waste you will need to see a member of staff and complete a DIY waste disposal declaration form before disposing of your waste.

Please do not empty your car until payment has been made - we accept credit and debit card payments only. 

Frequently asked questions

How do I pay?

All payments must be made via debit or credit card. No cash or cheques will be accepted.

Does everyone have to pay to dispose of these items?

Yes. Householders, businesses and charities all have to pay to dispose of these items.

Charities and businesses must be registered as a waste carrier and get a waste carrier's licence. You must show your licence to the site staff on arrival and complete the paperwork. This is a legal requirement. For more information visit registering as a waste carrier. Failure to provide a copy of the waste carrier's licence will result in you being turned away.

Householders bringing in DIY waste will need to complete a DIY waste declaration form on arrival - please see a member of staff for details.

What happens if I cannot pay?

If you are unable to pay, for example you have left your debit / credit card at home, you can either phone a family member or friend so they can make the payment for you over the phone, or you will be asked to leave the site and return later with a means of payment. You will not be allowed to dispose of any chargeable materials unless you can pay. You will be allowed to dispose of any household waste free of charge.

What if I do not want to pay?

If you do not want to pay, you will be unable to dispose of your waste at the household waste recycling centre. You will need to use another option such as hiring a skip or taking the waste to a private waste management company.

Is there any dispensation / exemption for the elderly, those on low income or those with disabilities?

No, everyone has to pay the charges. The costs have been kept to a minimum.

Will site staff weigh my waste on site?

No. Site staff will have a pictorial guide and this will help them assess each load of chargeable waste. They have received full training to help them do this.

How should I deliver my waste?

You should deliver your waste in something that you can lift to the opening of the appropriate container and empty your waste from. Please do not shovel waste into any container.

What if I have several loads?

Once you have reached your allocated free amount of DIY waste disposal any extra waste will need to be paid for via credit or debit card in accordance with our fees and charges.

What will you do if I leave my waste outside the site and refuse to pay?

By leaving the waste outside the site you are fly tipping. This is against the law and can carry a fine of up to £50,000. Most sites have CCTV and site staff are instructed to gather evidence of anyone fly tipping for possible prosecution.

Where can I find out more about commercial waste disposal?

More information is available on the commercial waste page.

Is asbestos included in the charges?

No, the charging only applies to any extra DIY waste over the allocated free amount.

How are panes of glass categorised for charges?

If you had a pane of glass from a picture frame this would not be classed as DIY waste. However, a pane of glass from a window, including greenhouse glass, would be classed as DIY waste. This is because the window pane is part of the fabric of the house and therefore classed as construction and demolition waste, not household waste.