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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 150 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:

  • food and drink cartons
  • 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.

Recycling Centres

  • Hemel Hempstead Household Waste Recycling Centre

  • Berkhamsted Household Waste Recycling Centre

  • Harpenden Household Waste Recycling Centre

  • Waterdale Household Waste Recycling Centre

  • St. Albans Household Waste Recycling Centre

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

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