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Recycling Centres

Recycling Centres Chargeable Waste

Please note: as of the 1st April 2015 a new charging scheme will be in place. Please click here image - PDF icon (1.37MB - pdf help) for details.



Council Tax - What is covered?

Other Options

Chargeable Waste

The following materials brought to any Recycling Centre in Devon are chargable: -

  • Soil and Rubble (including bricks, blocks, tiles, paving slabs, concrete posts, sanitary ware etc),
  • Plasterboard (including plaster and gypsum related products) (Not accepted at all sites – see individual site information for further details),
  • Bonded Asbestos (Not accepted at all sites – see individual site information for further details),
  • Tyres

All other household waste, including garden waste, recyclables and general waste will still be accepted free of charge (for business garden waste/cardboard see Commercial/business Waste and Recycling).

Devon County Council only has a legal obligation to provide Recycling Centre facilities for household waste (which is waste arising from the day to day running of a household). However, items from the repair or improvement of houses (e.g. DIY type waste) is classified as construction waste and there is no requirement for the Council to provide any service for the disposal of this material or accept it free of charge.

To avoid confusion, household waste comprises of the unwanted contents of the house and not part of the house itself. Construction waste also includes waste created from landscaping or garden alterations such as dismantling a rockery or digging up a patio/concrete hardstanding.

In addition, vehicle tyres are also not classed as Household waste and therefore there is no requirement for the County Council to accept them or accept them on a free of charge basis.

To provide this discretionary service cost the Council in excess of £1m in 09/10 and such costs can no longer be sustained in the current economic climate.

However, it is recognised that facilities are still needed for local residents to dispose of small amounts of DIY type waste (especially just for a few bags of waste when it is not worth hiring a skip) and tyres, and so rather than taking the drastic measure of withdrawing this discretionary service completely, the Council has made arrangements with the site operators for such waste to be accepted for a charge.

If you are undertaking a large scale DIY project that will generate significant volumes of waste, then you should hire a skip or arrange for alternative private disposal via a suitable licensed company.


The charges payable will be based upon the quantity of material to be deposited using the rates given as an indicative guide.

Payment for bags/sheets will be whole multiples of ‘bags’ e.g. 3 x £2 not 2.75 x £2.

A "bag" is defined as "a small, plastic sand/aggregate bag from standard DIY stores that can be safely lifted by one person".

A "sheet of plasterboard" is a "standard large sheet". Plasterboard waste can only be accepted if it is separated from other materials, due to restrictions imposed on land-filling plasterboard and the need to keep gypsum clean for reuse in new plasterboard or on land reclamation activities. For example, the removal of ceramic tiles may be easier if the plasterboard has been soaked in water.

A "sheet of asbestos" is a "small domestic roofing sheet or similar". For the avoidance of doubt; any item which the site staff deem to contain asbestos will be treated as asbestos (regardless of any analysis or certificates that may have been obtained to state the material is asbestos free) and restrictions/charges will apply. (Please note that all asbestos must be double wrapped/bagged in strong plastic and pre-booked - see Asbestos for further information).

Items such as a toilet pan, toilet cistern; sink, sink pedestal, concrete block etc will be charged as single items and the relevant ‘per bag’ rate will apply

Loose waste/waste in trailers etc will be assessed by the site manager.

The site manager’s decision on the actual charge to be made is final.

Charges, inclusive of VAT, are payable directly to the site contractor. Payment can be made using cash or credit card (minimum transaction fee may apply. Cash only at Maclins Quarry, South Molton and Deep Moor, Torrington). Receipts will be offered.

This is a service for which payment must be made. Legal proceedings will be taken against anyone using the service or attempting to use the service without payment in full.

Council Tax - What is covered?

Your council tax covers the cost of collecting, recycling and disposing household waste. As DIY type waste and tyres are not classified as household waste, Devon County Council has no requirement to provide any service and if a service is provided, it should not be at cost to the general taxpayer. Overall, it is not up to Devon County Council or the general taxpayer to pay for the disposal of waste generated from individuals home improvement or vehicle maintenance projects.

Other Options

Should you not wish to use the service, other options are available:

  • Skip Hire
  • ‘Hippo’ bag service – generally available via large DIY stores
  • People with larger loads may be able to take the waste directly to a landfill site or waste transfer station under a private, commercial arrangement with the site operator. It is recommended that you call the waste facility in advance.
  • Re-use opportunities may exist (e.g. for re-usable building materials) via websites such as Freegle and Freecycle
  • Tyres can be disposed of via your local tyre fitting outlet.


From 1 April 2013, the following charges will apply (click on site name for charges):-

Barnstaple Seven Brethren
Crediton Punchbowl
Exeter Exton Road
Exeter Pinbrook Road
Exmouth Knowle Hill
Holsworthy Anvil Corner
Honiton Sutton Barton
Ilfracombe Killacleave
Kingsbridge Torr Quarry
Newton Abbot Brunel Road
Sidmouth Woods Farm
South Molton Maclins Quarry    
Tavistock Crowndale
Tiverton Ashley
Torrington Deep Moor