Visiting our household waste recycling centres (tips) during COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Our household waste recycling centres (tips) are adjusting to a new normal where social distancing still needs to be maintained to protect everyone from COVID-19.

The number of vehicles allowed into the centres at any one time is still restricted and a queuing system is in place. This is to minimise the number of people unloading waste at once to make sure social distancing can be maintained. This means there may be queues.

Most types of waste allowed before COVID-19 are now accepted at the sites with most restrictions on materials accepted now removed.

Items still not accepted

  • Soft plastics (plastic bottles)

Items accepted

Hard plastics, like toys, old washing baskets and plastic garden furniture, can now be accepted. Plastic bottles can still be recycled in your brown bin. If you have too many, you can place bags of plastic bottles, and tin cans, beside your brown bin on your scheduled brown bin collection day. These bags must not contain glass. All glass must go in the brown bin directly.  

Asbestos is accepted in small amounts by appointment only, please contact our customer services to discuss on (01226) 773555.

Attending our sites

Two people from the same household or same support bubble may unload waste together for large or heavy items only. They must remain together as a pair and must not split up to visit different skips or areas of the site independently.

Staff are not able to help you dispose of items; only bring waste you can manage yourself or bring someone with you to help.

Trailers and vans can now be brought into the site if you have a relevant HWRC permit for them.

If you need to visit a HWRC site whilst you await your permit application being processed or if you need to access because of a bereavement then please ring customer services.

Abuse of operatives and others will not be tolerated. CCTV and body-worn cameras are in use, and offences will be investigated and could lead to prosecution.

Opening times

The centres are open seven days a week, but with slightly adjusted opening times:

  • Goldthorpe: 9am to 5pm
  • Penistone: 9am to 4.30pm
  • Smithies: 9am to 4.30pm
  • Worsbrough: 8.30am to 7pm

Find out more about our household waste recycling centres.