Charges for non-household waste (DIY)

Information about the charges for non-household waste (DIY) at our recycling centres.

Special notice

Information about the charges for non-household waste (DIY)

Following a Government change to legislation, small amounts of personal non-household DIY waste will be accepted free of charge across all of our sites from 31 December 2023. Waste classified as non-household DIY waste is not limited to but may include rubble, wood flooring, a wooden door, a kitchen unit. Please see the price list for a more comprehensive list of items.

From 2 January, you must book your free allowance visit in advance using our new booking system, bringing proof of your booking to the site.  Failure to do so may mean you are charged the full advertised costs for all the non-household DIY waste you bring to the site.  You only need to use the booking system for your free allowance visits.

Read more about the charges (pdf format, 157 KB).

Residents without internet access or an email address can telephone our customer services centre to make a booking on 0345 310 1111 and tell the service operator you would like to make a booking for free DIY waste.

Book your free DIY waste visit

  • Always think before you throw.
  • Can the item be reused by someone else?

If you are unsure, please ask a team member on-site; we try to reuse items where possible and avoid landfill and disposal, and have reuse drop off areas on site.

A revised charging scheme has been in place across all sites since 1 October 2017. From 2020, we have also asked for all payments to be made electronically and preferably contactless. Our sites accept contactless payments and Apple/Samsung Pay, etc.

DIY wastes are primarily, but not exclusively, materials generated through construction, alteration/renovation or repair of your property and garden, or items or materials most people would not take with them when moving home e.g., floorboards, guttering, roofing materials, garden shed/greenhouse, raised beds, decking, and fencing etc. There are also charges for car/motorcycle tyres.

DIY wastes, as listed below, are legally classified as industrial waste and local authorities have no legal obligation to accept it. However, following a Government change to legislation, small amounts of personal non-household DIY will be accepted free of charge across all of our sites from 31 December 2023.

Where there are loose/deconstructed items/materials of non-household DIY waste above the free allowance, a charge will be incurred; site teams will estimate the overall cost and their estimate will be final. 

Key points

  • If you cannot pay for items, you cannot deposit them. Ensure you have the electronic means to pay before travelling to our sites. 
  • Larger amounts of waste should be disposed of using local skip services or other commercial organisations. 
  • We do not accept any form of commercial or trade waste. This includes any waste originating from a business or charity, etc. Waste also becomes commercial waste where payment is made for the works or transporting it. For example, a bathroom delivered by the householder is accepted, but this should not be brought to site by the plumber or builder who carried out the work and would not be accepted. Waste is also deemed commercial from a "man with a van", house removals/clearance companies, landlords bringing tenanted waste or other commercial collection operations offering transportation of waste/goods for a fee.  It also includes waste from any business operated from your home.
  • You will still be able to dispose of all household waste free of charge at any of the county's Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs).

Changes to DIY charges

Prices for DIY charges (over or not included in your free allowance) will increase from 1 April 2024. 

  • all £2 DIY charges rise to £2.30
  • plasterboard bag rises to £4 and a plasterboard sheet to £11
  • tyres rise to £7 per tyre with a maximum of four being accepted 
  • all metal items remain free

All charges are inclusive of VAT.

£2.30 per 20 litre bag or equivalent (over your free allowance)

Part bags are charged as full, so one and a half bags would be £4.60 for example. Loose material or larger bags will be estimated by our teams on site.

The dimensions of a 20-litre bag are 53.0cm by 46.5cm by 15.5cm.

Please note The team member's decision on charging will be final.  If you feel you have been overcharged, let us know

DIY waste price list for chargeable items

Items we don't accept

Item Details
Tarmac In all grades and forms
Large quantities of material   
Heavily contaminated sandbags For example with oil or sewage
Plasterboard mixed with other material e.g. attached to tile or stud wall For example, attached to tile or stud wall
Lorry tyres  
Tractor tyres  
Commercial plant or machinery tyres  
Red or blue pallets These are commercial and should be returned to the supplier

How can I pay?

All payments should be made by electronic means; all of our sites accept contactless payments and Apple/Samsung Pay, etc. The decision of site staff is final.

Are DIY materials accepted at all HWRCs?

Plasterboard, including bagged gyspum plaster and lime plaster, and asbestos will only be accepted at Redbridge, Dix Pit and Ardley Fields. We cannot accept any plasterboard with tiles still attached.

Are the charges the same at all HWRCs?

Yes. Standard charges are in place for the chargeable waste service at all seven HWRCs in Oxfordshire.

Will I be charged for other materials?

There are no changes or charges for normal household waste such as recycling, green garden waste, residual waste, or asbestos. Asbestos is only accepted at Redbridge, Dix Pit and Ardley HWRCs. Information about disposing of asbestos.

What is non-household waste?

Non-household waste tends to be items or materials that make up the fabric of a building such as a wall or a patio. DIY waste is usually created from the construction, alteration or repair of a home or garden.

Do local authorities have a legal obligation to accept non-household waste?

Following a Government change to legislation from 31 December 2023, small amounts of personal non-household DIY will be accepted free of charge across all of our sites. Additional non-household DIY waste over the free allowance will be accepted but will incur charges. See waste price list for further information.

Will the changes increase queues at sites?

We recommend planning your visit around quiet times at the recycling centres, if possible. Between 8am to 10am and 3pm to 5pm, weekdays are less busy than weekends and the middle of the day..

I pay Council Tax, why should I have to pay extra?

Your Council Tax covers a wide range of council services provided by us, your local district/city council, and the parish or town council, if there is one in your area. We are only obliged to accept small quantities of non-household DIY waste types such as soil, rubble, and plasterboard at the HWRCs any additional , results in high disposal costs. Applying a small charge for these discretionary extra wastes enables the disposal costs to be covered and allows Council Tax to be focused on essential services.

Why does Oxfordshire County Council need to make savings?

The amount of funding the county council receives from central government has more than halved in recent years. With public sector budgets expected to remain under severe pressure in the foreseeable future, delivering services at the same level or in the same way is no longer feasible. Therefore, we must make some difficult decisions to deliver a balanced budget as required by law and provide vital public services to the people of Oxfordshire.

I run a small business producing DIY-type waste. Can I bring this to the site?

The household waste recycling centres are provided for Oxfordshire residents to bring their household waste for recycling and disposal. Except for Redbridge HWRC, where there is a trade area, depositing commercial waste at these sites is illegal.

We are investigating the feasibility of providing services for small quantities of trade waste at these sites in the future. Meanwhile, please continue to use your authorised trade waste disposal routes.

Other options for disposing of materials

If you wish to avoid taking your waste to an HWRC you could hire a skip, or find a waste carrier to come and remove it for you. Local waste management and skip companies can be found via an internet search. You must comply with the householder's duty of care (see below).

Suppose you would like to dispose of waste and are considering using someone from a free newspaper or any other classified publication - you will need to ensure that the person is a registered waste carrier. In that case, you must ensure that you know where the waste is being taken for disposal.

Access to the waste carriers' register set up by the Environment Agency.

The household duty of care

Under the Waste (Household Waste) Duty of Care (England and Wales) Regulations 2005, householders must take reasonable measures to ensure that household waste produced on their property is passed on to an authorised person. The move aims to crack down on fly-tipping and make sure rubbish is dealt with properly and responsibly.

Penalties for non-compliance 

It will become an offence for householders to pass on waste to an unauthorised person. A maximum fine of £5,000 may be imposed on prosecuted offenders.

If fly-tipped waste is traced back to a particular household, the householders could be fined up to £5,000. How to report fly-tipping.