Extra-Ordinary Household Waste: New Charges and Restrictions

The Council has had charges in place for Extra-Ordinary Household DIY waste since 2018/2019.

From 1st April 2021 there is a new approved charging structure for this material, based on volumes.

Household DIY waste is construction and demolition waste that is generated through building or renovation work that you undertake as the householder.

Under waste legislation, DIY waste is classed as industrial waste, even if it is generated at home. The Council recognises, however, that many householders carry out small DIY projects, and by applying a small charge to cover handling and disposal, we are able to offer this service to residents.

The Council does not accept commercial waste of this nature.

If you are planning a project that creates a lot of waste, do your best to reduce and reuse as much as possible.

What if someone else is doing the work on your home?

It is the builder’s legal responsibility to dispose of all waste that is generated as a result of their business. Before you hire a contractor:

  • Find out how they plan to recycle of dispose of waste
  • Make sure disposal costs are included in their quote

If someone removes waste for you, whether paid or unpaid, it is your responsibility to ensure they have an appropriately licence, such as waste carriers license and that they will dispose of it responsibly and in accordance with the law.

What does DIY waste include?

  • Hardcore, rubble or bricks
  • Paving slabs
  • Roofing materials
  • Bath, toilet or basin units
  • Pipes, guttering
  • Central heating system components
  • Tiles
  • Doors, windows and frames, including UVPC
  • Glass panes
  • Kitchen units and worktops
  • Shed or fence panels
  • Laminate floorings, carpets, underlay
  • Timber, MDF or hardboard
  • Paint (solvent based paint which is still fresh & in tins)

Seperate charges for:

  • Bonded asbestos*   £26.00  per sheet or bag (*restrictions apply on the safe disposal of this material. Please call the waste & recycling team for more information before bringing to site.)
  • Plasterboard & Gypsum products, £6.80.   Per sheet or bag.
  • Tyres (Car, Motorbike, Golf Buggy) £5. (Bike tyres are free)
  • Car battery £3.62 (per item)

What are the limits and costs?

Households are limited to 6 visits per year to dispose of this material.

Bookings and Permits

Please be aware that you will be required to book a site visit & our waste admin team will be able to assist you with how to pay. All fees must be paid for before you visit the site. Waste declared at the time of booking must match that disposed of. The final decision on charges and disposal of the amount declared and paid for, is at the discretion of the waste & recycling team.

You will need to apply for a Temporary Vehicle Permit if you need to dispose of any Household Waste & Recycling, using a commercial vehicle or trailer over 4ft. Please click here to view the Temporary Permit information and vehicle schedule. Please note that there will be a new and updated form from April 1st.

For more information please see the attached guidance.