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Recycling centres

Neighbourhood recycling sites

There are 27 smaller recycling sites across the borough where you can recycle plastics - such as bottles, yoghurt pots, margarine/ice cream tubs, food trays and plastic takeaway containers - food tins, drink cans, coloured glass bottles/jars, newspapers, magazines and clothes. Take a look at the   list of recycling sites (PDF 211 KB) to see which ones are near you.

Please be sure to put your recycling items in the containers provided. Do not leave bags or boxes of recycling or any other items outside the recycling containers as this will be treated as flytipping and you can be issued a fixed penalty notice.

Household Waste Recycling Centres (tips/dumps)

Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are provided by Hertfordshire County Council as places where residents can deposit their household waste for recycling free of charge. As a 'rule of thumb', household waste is what you would normally take with you if you were to move home.

Waste from construction, demolition or excavation works is not classed as household waste, and there is a limit on what you can take to a recycling centre. For more information visit the Hertfordshire WasteAware website.

Items you can recycle at the HWRCs 

You can recycle a variety of items at the recycling centres including:

  • batteries
  • low energy light bulbs
  • fridges
  • freezers
  • televisions
  • smaller electrical items.

All centres have separate containers for a comprehensive range of recyclable materials. 

For more information on the materials accepted at your local recycling centre, visit the Hertfordshire WasteAware website.

The centres are specifically for residents delivering their own household waste and will not accept waste from trade or business activities.

The centres also sell bags of 100% recycled soil improver made from the garden waste collected at the household waste recycling centres in Hertfordshire. Each bag holds 60 litres and costs £4.

Take a look at Hertfordshire County Council's leaflet   How is my waste recycled? (PDF 6 MB) for information on how waste from the recycling centres is recycled.

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Recycling Centres

  • Hemel Hempstead Household Waste Recycling Centre
    Eastman Way HP2 7DU

    From M1 onto Breakspear Way (A414) take right at second roundabout onto Maylands Avenue. Over one set of lights and over the roundabout. The Household Waste Recycling Centre is on the left.

    Opening times: Summer: 10am until 6pm on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays (April 1 to September 30).
    Winter: 8am until 4pm on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays. (October 1 to March 31). 
    It will be CLOSED on Tuesday and Wednesdays all year

  • Berkhamsted Household Waste Recycling Centre

    Northbridge Road HP4 1TA

    From Berkhamsted town centre, heading towards Tring, turn right at the traffic lights onto Billet Lane. North Bridge Road is the first left off of Billet Lane. The Household Waste Recycling Centre is at the far end of North Bridge Road, at a mini roundabout.

    Opening times: All year: 8:30am until 4:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays. It will be CLOSED on Thursdays and Fridays.

  • Harpenden Household Waste Recycling Centre

    Dark Lane, off Grove Road AL5 1QB

    Left off the High Street into Southdown, which changes into Grove Road. Dark Lane is the first left after Piggottshill Lane.

    Opening times: All year: 10am until 6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. It will be closed all year on Thursday and Friday.

  • Waterdale Household Waste Recycling Centre

    St Albans Road, Nr. Garston WD2 7PR

    From the M1 Junction 6, take the A405 (St Albans Road) southbound. Keep to the left of the A405, and take the first exit after the M1 bridge (the Household Waste Recycling Centre is signposted).

    Opening times: All year from 8am until 6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday.
    It also will be open on Saturdays in Summer from 8am until 6pm. (April 1 to September 30).  
    Closed on Thursday and Fridays all year.

  • St. Albans Household Waste Recycling Centre

    14 Ronsons Way, Sandridge, off St Albans Road, St Albans AL1 4AP

    The turning to Ronsons Way is just beyond the King William IV junction on the road to Sandridge (St Albans Road).

    Opening times: Summer: From 10am until 6pm on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (April 1 to September 30).
    Winter: From 8am until 4pm on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (October 1 to March 31).
    It will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday all year.


 For more information about the facilities at the above sites go to the  Hertfordshire WasteAware website.