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Household waste recycling sites

What are household waste recycling sites (HWRS)?

Until some years ago HWRSs were often referred to as tips, as some had been old landfills.

In recent years, millions of pounds have been spent turning them into recycling sites. They are now so effective that they regularly achieve monthly recycling rates of 70-80 per cent and more during the summer months.

They are recognised as centres of recycling excellence due to their popularity with residents. The sites have been specially designed to make recycling as easy as possible.

Up to 25 materials can be recycled at the sites, including paper, metals, garden waste, cooking oil, batteries.

Should I take my waste to a HWRS?

All household waste that cannot be recycled should be taken to a household waste recycling site. Find your local HWRS below and see what can be taken to each HWRS.

Items that can be recycled should be taken to one of your local mini recycling facilities. Each mini recycling site accepts different waste for recycling. Find your local mini recycling sitesand see what can be taken to each.

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Where is my nearest household waste recycling site (HWRS)?

The main ones in the East Riding are listed below. Follow the links for location details and to find out what can be taken there (as this may vary):

Airmyn

Beverley

Carnaby

Driffield

Hornsea

Hessle / North Ferriby - Humberfield

Market Weighton

Pocklington

Preston

Withernsea 

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What are the opening hours of the household waste recycling sites? 

All 10 sites are open 7 days a week from 10am-5pm. The sites are open all bank holidays except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Please note:  The sites will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

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Can I use my van or trailer to take household waste to the household waste recycling sites?

If you have a van, single cabin pick-up or a trailer that is longer than 6ft, wider than 4ft you must have permits to dispose of household waste at the sites apply for a permit.

Read more about permits.

The ban limiting the use of vans and large trailers is in place at all 10 sites and was introduced to stop people illegally disposing of commercial waste at the sites.

Read more about the disposal of business wasteand fly-tipping.

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Can I use a hired or borrowed vehicle at the household waste recycling site?

Yes, for taking your own household waste only.

There is a maximum weight limit at all of the sites of 3.5 tonnes. Site attendants will turn away any vehicle or vehicle and trailer combination that they believe exceeds this weight. The attendants' decisions are final.

Hired vehicles

If you need to visit the site with a hired vehicle, please see the attendant when arriving at the site. You will be asked to complete a waste declaration form stating that the waste is your own household waste. You can then use the site on a single use basis without letting them know in advance.

If the vehicle is not clearly marked as a hire vehicle the site attendant will ask to see proof that the vehicle is hired. Please ensure you have this documentation with you when you visit the site.

Borrowed vehicles

If you plan to borrow a van read more about getting a permit for a borrowed vehicle.

Please note: Declaration forms are monitored closely.  Multiple visits to our sites by the same van or resident may be investigated further to ensure that commercial waste is not being disposed of illegally. 

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Can I go to the household waste recycling sites in a company vehicle?

Yes, but only to dispose of your household waste. However, permits are required for all vans, pick-ups and sign-written vehicles.

Read more about applying for a permit for a company vehicle.

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What can I take to the household waste recycling sites?

You can only take your own household waste that cannot be recycled to the sites (not business waste). 

Find your local HWRS  to see what can be disposed of at individual sites (as this may vary).

Read about common items below such as asbestos, batteriesbusiness waste, chemicals, cooking oil, electrical equipment, engine oil, fire extinguishers, paint tins and used needles.

Asbestos

Asbestos banks are available at Hessle / North Ferriby - Humberfield ,  Carnaby Preston and Airmyn sites which you can use to dispose of asbestos from your own home.  We cannot collect it for you.

A maximum of 25 standard sized sheets may be taken and you are advised not to break up this material. All asbestos must be double bagged/wrapped before it is brought to a site. Site attendants will turn away any asbestos that is not double bagged/wrapped.

When you arrive with asbestos to dispose of, please speak to an attendant who will unlock the asbestos skip.

If the asbestos is not from your own household or you wish to have it collected by a commercial company, please see the following list of approved asbestos collectors.

Approved asbestos collectors (pdf 20kb opens in new window)

Read more about asbestos

It is illegal to use the sites to dispose of business waste. If the asbestos is from your business you have a duty to ensure it is taken to an appropriately licensed disposal facility.

Read more about the disposal of business waste.

Batteries

Batteries can be taken to all 10 HWRS sites. Please see an attendant who will tell you whether they should be placed in the scrap metal or general waste container dependant on how much paint is still in the tin.

From 2010, all retailers selling more than 32kg of batteries a year must provide household battery recycling collection facilities in-store.  Shops such as supermarkets and chemists should have a receptacle where you can take batteries. If you can't find this, please ask a member of staff.

Alternatively you can take household batteries to any of the ten household waste recycling sites in the East Riding (finder map).

Business waste

It is illegal to use the sites to dispose of waste from your business and you have a duty of care to ensure that it is taken to an appropriately licensed disposal facility. 

Read more about how to dispose of business waste legally.

Chemicals

Chemicals can be taken to all 10 HWRS sites. Please hand them to the site attendant who will ask you to sign a form, stating what the chemical is, the quantity of it and your name and address.

The maximum amount which can be accepted at the sites is five litres and this should be in a container that does not exceed five litres in size. If possible, chemicals should be brought in their original container, but will be accepted in suitable sealed containers clearly marked with the chemical that it holds.

If you have more than five litres of chemicals, you should contact a hazardous waste disposal company, details of which can be found in the phone book or online.

It is illegal to use the sites to dispose of business waste. If chemicals or oil are from your business you have a duty of care to ensure they are taken to an appropriately licensed disposal facility. 

Read more about the disposal of business waste.

Cooking oil

Cooking oil can be taken to all 10 HWRS sites. 

Small quantities of cooking oil should be put in a sealed container, such as a jam jar, and put in the green refuse bin.

It is illegal to use the sites to dispose of business waste. If the cooking oil is from your business you have a duty to ensure it is taken to an appropriately licensed disposal facility.

Read more about the disposal of business waste.

Electrical equipment

Electrical equipment can be taken to all 10 HWRS sites. 

Unwanted electrical equipment can also be recycled at any of the HWRS. This includes large items such as fridge freezers, washers and televisions as well as small electrical equipment e.g. remote control toys, toasters and irons. Find your local HWRS  to see what can be disposed of at individual sites.

However, local repair shops may be able to refurbish or repair electrical equipment including computers so they can be reused. 

The document below gives contact details of businesses where you can take items for repair as well as buy reused items:


Repair and reuse register (pdf 115kb opens in new window) 

Engine oil

Engine oil can be taken to all 10 HWRS sites. 

It is illegal to use the sites to dispose of business waste. If the engine oil is from your business you have a duty to ensure it is taken to an appropriately licensed disposal facility.

Read more about the disposal of business waste.

Fire extinguishers

Firstly, contact the producer details on the cylinder itself or ask if the shop you bought them from accepts returns. If there are no details on the bottle and it is empty, a maximum of 3 per vehicle will be accepted at CarnabyDriffield , Preston , Hessle / North Ferriby - Humberfield or Airmyn sites. 

Please see attendants on arrival to complete a waste declaration form. Alternatively, there may be local dealerships in the yellow pages.

Please note:  Bottles and extinguishers will only be accepted from household premises - no commercial waste.

Paint tins

Paint tins can be taken to all 10 HWRS sites. 

Please see an attendant who will tell you whether they should be placed in the scrap metal or general waste container dependant on how much paint is still in the tin.

Used needles

Used needles are classed as infectious waste and cannot be taken to a HWRS. For information about how to dispose of needles correctly, please see 'How do I dispose of clinical waste?'

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Can I give my feedback about the household waste recycling sites?

Yes. The council welcomes your comments about our sites and are always looking at ways in which to improve the running of these facilities.

Comment forms are available at each of the ten sites, alternatively, you can 'Tell Us How It Is' through our formal complaints, comments and compliments process.

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Can you collect my waste from home as I don't have a vehicle?

The council can collect waste from homes as part of our bulky waste collection service if you don't have your own means of transporting the items to the household waste recycling site.

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Can I take wheeled bins to the household waste recycling site?

No, wheeled bins full of waste cannot be taken to any of the sites due to health and safety reasons.  If taking items which are recyclable, please separate them before going to the site.

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