Recycling Centres

Recycling Centres Chargeable Waste



Council Tax - What is covered?

Other Options

Chargeable Waste

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

Chargeable Waste


(minimum charge)
Soil and Rubble: Includes bricks, blocks, slates, tiles, rubble, paving slabs, concrete, gravel, tarmac, stones, soil, sand, hardcore and sanitary ware (ceramic toilets, sinks, pedestals etc). £2.00 per bag
Tyres: Commercial and agricultural vehicle tyres will not be accepted. No charge for bicycle tyres. £3.50 per tyre
Plasterboard: Includes plaster and gypsum related products (facility not available at all sites). *Please see below
Plastic Window: With or without glass. Single pane window only (double charge for multiple pane plastic windows). £3.50 each
Plastic Door or Door Frame: With or without glass. Single door or door frame only (double charge for double door or door + frame combined). £3.50 each
Bath or Shower Tray (plastic, fibreglass or composite): Single bath or shower tray only. £3.50 each
Shower Screen: Plastic or glass shower screen/enclosure. £3.50 each
Insulation Materials: 1 sheet or 1 bag. £3.50 per sheet/bag
Roofing Felt £3.50 per bag/roll
Plastic Pipes/Guttering/Facia etc.: Up to 5 lengths/pieces (approximately 2 metres per length or part there of). £3.50 for up to 5 lengths/pieces
Asbestos: Bonded Asbestos only (facility not available at all sites). £9.50 per sheet/bag

*Plasterboard is £3.50 per bag at: Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth, Exeter, Tiverton, Crediton, Ilfracombe, Barnstaple, Kingsbridge, Newton Abbot, Holsworthy, Bideford, Okehampton and Tavistock. Plasterboard is £4.60 per bag at: Great Torrington. No facilities at: Ivybridge, Totnes or South Molton.

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.

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 £3.50 not 2.75 x £3.50.

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

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). Please vist Recycle Devon for more details.
  • Tyres can be disposed of via your local tyre fitting outlet.