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Household Waste and Recycling Centres Covid-19 Update

All HWRCs in Cornwall are now open. However we are operating a number plate system to limit visits. Please read all of the guidance below before visiting.

We anticipate high demand and there are likely to be queues. We may have to ask you to come back at a later date if queues become too long. Please sort your material out at home to limit the time you have to spend on the site.

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HWRC Guidelines

  1. DO NOT visit if you are in self isolation, shielding, have Covid-19 symptoms or are in a household during a 14-day isolation.

  2. HWRCs are now accepting all the different kinds of materials they normally take. To check what your HWRC accepts please see the SUEZ website here. HWRCs do not accept trade waste.

  3. We are accepting chargeable waste such as hardcore, soil, tyres, plasterboard or asbestos. Card payments only.

  4. Please hang onto anything that is reusable until charities are able to take them. There will be people in need of your reusable items. 

  5. There might be queues to use the HWRCs. Some of the sites have traffic management measures in place such as changes to the route you access the sites.

  6. Trailers are allowed onto the sites, but please check that your trailer complies with the vehicle permit scheme.

  7. Remember to stay in your vehicle while queuing to comply with social distancing and for your own safety. 

  8. Please follow ALL instructions given to you when you arrive at your HWRC and observe 2 metre distancing at all times. Respect your HWRC staff. They are key workers doing a difficult job at a difficult time. We will not tolerate any abuse of our staff.

  9. We are restricting when people can visit their HWRC by operating a vehicle number plate system to limit the number of people visiting each day.

    If the last digit of your vehicle number plate is even–  0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 - then you may only visit a HWRC on an even date of the month, e.g. 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th of June etc.

    For example, if your number plate is RL34 JGS, the last digit is 4 – an even number – so  you may visit on even dates of the month.

    Even numbers include the number 0 (zero).

    If the last digit of your number plate is odd - 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 - then you may only visit an HWRC on an odd date of the month, e.g. 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th of June etc.

    If you have a personalised number plate the last digit of your number plate indicates the date you may visit the sites. 

  10. If you have a vehicle that requires a permit to access your HWRC, please display it clearly in your windscreen when you arrive at the site. If your vehicle requires a permit but you don't have a valid one or you don't display it properly, you will not be allowed to use the HWRC. Please see our permit guidance.

  11. Only one person may get out of your vehicle at any one time.

  12. Please ensure you only bring waste you can move from your vehicle to the HWRC container yourself. We have told our HWRC staff to follow social distancing guidelines to the letter at all times. We have also instructed them not assist service users with moving waste.

The following sites will be open from 9am to 4pm, seven days a week:

  • Bodmin HWRC
  • Bude HWRC
  • Connon Bridge HWRC
  • Dudnance Lane, Pool, please note Dudnance Lane does not accept general waste
  • Falmouth and Penryn HWRC
  • Helston HWRC
  • Launceston HWRC 
  • Newquay HWRC
  • Saltash HWRC
  • St Austell HWRC
  • St Day (United Downs) HWRC
  • St Erth (Hayle) HWRC
  • Tintagel (Bowithick) open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays ONLY.
  • Truro HWRC