Household waste and recycling centres Covid-19 update

Updated July 26 2021

All HWRCs in Cornwall are open. Please see opening times below. 

We have now removed the car number plate system at our Household Waste and Recycling Centres. There are no longer any restrictions in place for which day you can attend.

Please read all the guidance below before visiting your HWRC.


HWRC Guidelines

  1. DO NOT visit if you have Covid-19 symptoms or if you should be self-isolating.

  2. Please follow ALL instructions given to you when you arrive at your HWRC and observe site rules in relation to covid controls around sites.

  3. In order to minimise queues and to limit the amount of time you spend on site, we would ask that you please sort your waste, by type, before you get to the site.

  4. We anticipate that due to high demand we will continue to see some queuing at all of our sites and if the queues become too long, we may have to ask you to come back at a later date.

  5. We will be encouraging all site users to continue abiding by 2m social distancing practices whilst on sites respecting site staff and other visitors alike.

  6. It is advised that you are able to dispose of your own waste without assistance. However, HWRC staff are on site and able to provide help when requested. Please let the site staff know if you need assistance upon arrival to site. Site staff will provide directions to follow in order to maintain 2m social distancing in the process to ensure all are safe and protected.

  7. HWRCs are accepting all the different kinds of materials they normally take including items for re-use. Please check what materials your local HWRC accepts before you leave home and please remember HWRCs do not accept trade waste.

  8. Sites are also accepting chargeable waste as normal including hardcore/rubble, soil, tyres, plasterboard and asbestos. Card payments only.

  9. If you have a vehicle that requires a permit to access your HWRC, please have it ready to show the staff  when you arrive at the site and they will punch your card once for each site visit.  If your vehicle requires a permit and it is not valid or you are unable to present it , you will not be allowed to use the HWRC. Please see our permit guidance.

  10. Trailers are allowed onto the sites providing the trailer complies with the vehicle permit scheme. Please check to make sure your trailer complies before you leave home.

  11. When you get to the HWRC, for your own safety, please remember to comply with the site rules at all times, and in particular stay in your vehicle while queuing to enter the site.

  12. Please 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.

Opening times 

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

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