Skip to main content

Construction waste (including home DIY)


What is construction waste?

Construction or home DIY waste generated through building or renovation work.

Materials classified as construction or DIY waste includes, but is not limited to:

  • Bricks, rocks, stones, cement, concrete and hard core (rubble)
  • Garden stone and paving, concrete posts, concrete panels and concrete sheds
  • Tiles, ceramics (includes sinks, toilets and shower trays)
  • Earth, soils including turfs
  • Plasterboard and room partitions

What you need to know before visiting a CRC

  • Site staff will monitor the disposal of non-chargeable construction waste.
  • If the number of visits and the amount of waste being deposited is excessive, site staff may redirect you to a waste transfer station where the waste will be weighed and charged.
  • You are not allowed to you bring construction waste to one of our CRC in a van, pick-up or trailer. If you do so you will be redirected to a waste transfer station, where your waste will be weighed and a charge made.
  • For large home renovation projects please consider factoring in the cost of hiring a skip to dispose of your waste. Our sites are not designed to accept large quantities of this type of waste.

Return to top


Advice for households

Waste from construction works, including home DIY, is not classified as household waste and the council does not have to accept this type of waste free of charge.

It should be noted that any type of DIY or construction waste is not accepted in a van, pick-up or trailer, even if you have a valid van permit.

Chargeable construction waste

Construction waste that will be charged at our Community Recycling Centres.

  • Bricks, rocks, stones, cement, concrete and hard core (rubble)
  • Garden stone and paving, concrete posts, concrete panels and concrete sheds
  • Tiles, ceramics (includes sinks, toilets and shower trays)
  • Earth, soils including turfs
  • Plasterboard and room partitions

Chargeable construction waste is only accepted at the following sites.

Use our Recycling search tool to find out your nearest CRC that accepts chargeable construction waste.

Non-chargeable construction waste

  • Baths
  • Fitted kitchen cupboards and work surfaces
  • Timber; including panels, posts and other timber used in DIY projects
  • Internal and external doors
  • Radiators
  • Fitted units
  • Rigid plastic sheeting or roofing felt
  • Insulation
  • Flooring (excluding ceramic or stone - see chargeable construction waste above)

This waste must:

  • be from your own home
  • fit in your car

Return to top


Advice for businesses

See our Business and commercial waste page for information on:

  • How to handle and dispose of business waste.
  • Advice for registering as a carrier of waste.
  • Where to dispose of your business waste and charges.

It is illegal to dispose of business waste through facilities provided for householders, including: household kerbside collection bins, street bins, recycling banks or recycling centres.


Construction Industry websites

WRAP provides tools and guidance on managing waste in the construction sector.

SECBE (South East Centre for the Built Environment) provides advice on managing and reusing construction and demolition waste.

The Environment Agency gives advice and guidance for preventing pollution, managing waste and resources sustainably on construction, demolition and excavation sites.

Top