Household Waste Recycling Centre Policy

The following information provides guidance on what types of items will be accepted for free at Household Waste Recycling Centres in the Bradford District, and also when a charge will be made.

General rule

As a basic rule we will accept for free in reasonable quantities, anything that a householder living in the Bradford area would take with them when they are moving house.

For example:

  • mattresses – up to 4 per year 
  • bed bases and frames – up to 4 per year 
  • 2 or 3 piece suite - 2 per year 
  • carpets - up to 6 per year 
  • televisions - up to 3 per year 
  • computers - up to 2 per year 
  • fridge/freezer - up to 2 per year 
  • fluorescent light tubes - 12 per year 
  • bathroom and kitchen appliances - one per year 
  • soil, stones, brick or rubble – free for up to 12 bags or ½ tonne per year and put in the rubble skip for recycling

Chargeable items

Chargeable items can only be accepted at the waste transfer stations. These are at Bowling Back Lane, Bradford and Royd Ings Way, Keighley.

The following items are chargeable:

  • windows – £125 excluding VAT per tonne 
  • tyres - £5 excluding VAT per tyre. You can take up to four tyres per household per year for free.
  • trailers – £125 excluding VAT per tonne plus £5 per tyre 
  • boats or canoes – £125 excluding VAT per tonne 
  • caravans – £125 excluding VAT per tonne plus £5 per tyre 
  • telegraph poles or railway sleepers - £125 excluding VAT per tonne 
  • soil, hardcore, bricks and rubble - over 12 bags will be charged at £15 excluding VAT per ½ tonne 
  • plaster or tiles - over 12 bags will be charged at £62.50 excluding VAT per ½ tonne

Gas bottles

Gas bottles can only be accepted at the household waste recycling centres at Bowling Back Lane, Bradford and Royd Ings Way Industrial Estate, Keighley

Car batteries, chemicals and solvent paints

These items will all be accepted for free at all household waste recycling centres but the household waste site attendants must be made aware of any disposal of chemicals and solvents so you can be directed to the proper disposal point or storage container. 


Asbestos can only be accepted at the waste transfer station at Bowling Back Lane, Bradford.

This can still be accepted for free if it meets the conditions in the guidance on asbestos disposal.

Plaster and plasterboard (gypsum products)

Gypsum based products cannot be accepted through

  • general waste skips and /or rubble skips at household waste recycling centres 
  • bulk household waste collections (no building waste is accepted in bulk waste)

Gypsum based waste must be collected and disposed of separately.


If you live in the Bradford district and want to use your vehicle to take your waste to one of the Council's Household Waste Recycling Centres you need a residents permit.

Vans and any trailer over 5 feet also need special permits. Both temporary and permanent permits are available to cover hire vehicles and owned vehicles respectively.

A recycling permit is also available which allows the vehicle to tip certain recyclable waste for free even if it is from a trade source. The materials must be uncontaminated with no sorting required. The permit covers the following materials: 

  • metal  
  • cardboard 
  • clean paper

Find out more about the van and recycling permits.

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