1st June 2020

Household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs) now open

Cornwall’s 14 household waste and recycling centres have all reopened this week

Before visiting

You MUST read ALL of the guidance on this page before visiting your HWRC.

If you do need to visit your HWRC, please bear with us. High demand is anticipated, there are likely to be queues and you may be asked to leave and return at a later date if queues become too long.

Strict social distancing measures are in place, which is limiting capacity both in terms of the items that can be accepted and the volume of visits.

What are the rules to use my HWRC?

  1. If you can store your waste safely at home without risk of injury or harm to health, you MUST do so. Remember: Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.
  2. You must not visit the HWRC if you are unwell. Follow the 7-day self-isolation
  3. guidance, or if a member of your household is unwell, follow the 14-day stay at home guidance.
  4. Before going to your HWRC, you MUST check first to see if you can dispose of your household waste using the kerbside rubbish, recycling, garden or bulky waste collection services.
  5. Anything involving payment – such as hardcore, soil, tyres, plasterboard or asbestos –  no cash payments will be accepted, card payments only.
  6. There are likely to be long queues to use the  HWRCs. We are putting special traffic management measures in place, but please put off your visit if you can. If you do come, remember to stay in your vehicle while queuing to aid with social distancing. Please do not leave your vehicle until told to do so by HWRC staff.
  7. Only ONE person may get out of your vehicle at any one time. Please ensure you only bring waste you can move from your vehicle to the HWRC container yourself. HWRC staff are to follow social distancing guidelines to the letter at all times and they have been instructed not assist service users with moving waste.
  8. Please follow ALL instructions given to you when you arrive at your HWRC and observe social distancing guidelines at all times.
  9. 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.

When can I visit my HWRC?

Restrictions are in place to limit the number of people visiting each day. WHEN people can visit their HWRC is determined by a vehicle number plate system in operation.

If the last digit of your vehicle number plate is an EVEN number – 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 – then you may only visit an HWRC on an EVEN date of the month, e.g. 20, 22, 24, 26 May etc. For example, the last digit on the number plate RL34 JGS is 4 – an even number – so the owner may visit on even dates of the month. Even numbers include the number 0 (zero).

If the last digit of your number plate is an ODD number – 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 – then you may only visit an HWRC on an ODD date of the month, e.g. 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, or 29 May etc.

What do I do if I have a van or a trailer?

If you have a vehicle other than a car 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.

Trailers can now access the household waste recycling centres, please ensure your trailer complies with the permit scheme and your permit is clearly displayed in your windshield on arrival.

Please see the permit guidance here.

All sites will be open from 9.00am to 4.00pm, seven days a week

  • Bodmin HWRC
  • Bude HWRC
  • Connon Bridge HWRC
  • Dudnance Lane, Pool
  • Falmouth and Penryn HWRC
  • Helston HWRC
  • Launceston HWRC
  • Newquay HWRC
  • Saltash
  • St Austell HWRC
  • St Erth (Hayle) HWRC
  • Truro HWRC
  • United Mines HWRC
  • Tintagel (Bowithick) reopens on Friday 05 June 2020, only open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 9am – 4pm.


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