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

RE: Government announcement on DIY Charging at Household Waste Recycling Centres

On 18 June 2023, the Government announced their intention to abolish charges on small amounts of DIY wastes brought to Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s). Larger amounts may still be charged for.

We are awaiting further information and guidance of when this will commence, until then all DIY charges across all of Oxfordshire’s seven HWRC’s remain in place.

Please note the Government’s announcement did not abolish all charges but set a minimum level to be accepted for free, larger amounts will still be able to be charged for.

At present the Government have indicated that the amount of waste accepted for free will be as follows:

  • the quantity of waste per visit is no greater than two 50L rubble bags or 1 bulky or fitted item no larger than 2000mm x 750mm x700mm, such as a bathtub.
  • In addition, the waste is not produced on a regular basis requiring HWRC visits more frequently than four times per household over a four-week period.

Drayton household waste recycling centre

Steventon Road, Drayton, Near Abingdon, OX14 4LA

Opening hours
Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm (8am - 8pm April to September)
Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday 8am - 5pm
Sunday 8am - 5pm

Bank holidays - normal opening hours except for Christmas and New Year.  

Booking is not required.

When there are long waiting times staff may close the queue earlier than the advertised closing time based on an assessment of the queuing time.

Visiting a recycling centre

Read what to expect when you visit including charges and changes to site rules.

Household waste

The waste recycling centres accept a wide range of household recyclables and waste free of charge.

However, there is a small charge for non-household waste (DIY). All payments should be made by electronic means, all of our sites accept contactless payments and Apple/Samsung Pay etc. See the price list on our charging for non-household waste (DIY) page.

Commercial and trade waste

We cannot accept waste from commercial premises or businesses at any of our sites except the Redbridge household waste recycling centre.

Types of waste this site accepts

If your household item does not appear in this list, use the waste wizard tool. The wizard can tell you how to repair, reuse or recycle it or which bin you could use at home.

  • Aerosols
  • Bulky items
  • Car/Household batteries
  • Cardboard
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Gas bottles
  • General waste
  • Glass bottles
  • Green waste
  • Hardcore
  • Hard plastics, e.g. buckets, pet beds and toys
  • Household and garden chemicals
  • Large electrical appliances
  • Low-energy light bulbs
  • Metals
  • Oil
  • Paint 
    • Water-based emulsions - please harden and place in the residual skip
    • Solvent-based - do not need to be hardened and should be placed in the chemical store
    • If in doubt, ask a member of the site team
  • Paper
  • Rubble
  • Small electrical appliances
  • Soft plastics, e.g. bottles, tubs and trays
  • Soil
  • Textiles and clothes
  • TV and monitors
  • Tyres
  • Wood

Getting here


Steventon Road
Near Abingdon
OX14 4LA