Household Waste Recycling Centres

Restrictions and measures to keep you safe 

All eight sites are operating seven days a week from 8.30am–5pm (April to September) and 8.30am-4pm (October to March), except Christmas day.

You need to observe social distancing measures which means site staff will not be able to assist you.

You should be aware of additional safety measures at all sites:

  • We are operating the waste permit system, so bring your permit number with you if you have a van or trailer.
  • No more than two people should be in the car and no children are allowed.
    Where younger children can’t stay at home, they will be allowed to travel in but they must not get out of the car 
  • It is your own responsibility to adhere to the two-metres social distancing when on the site.  Be considerate towards others using the site
  • Site staff will not be able to help you with the unloading or lifting of items.
    You must do this yourself or to have a second person with you to help with heavy or bulky items
  • To help prevent people travelling from areas outside of Cheshire East, we may ask you for evidence of your address – so bring a recent utility bill or council tax bill with you
  • Waste from households containing people who have Covid-19 symptoms should be double bagged and left for 72 hours before being brought to site
  • Anyone using abusive language or intimidating behaviour towards site staff or other people will be asked to leave

Traffic management system

  • Sites will be operating on a ‘one out, one in’ basis, so your waiting times may be significantly longer than usual
  • Once on site, all vehicles must be parked at least two metres away from the next one
  • From Monday 12 October we are no longer operating a number plate registration system at the Crewe site

Using a trailer or large vehicle

You will need a household waste permit to dispose of your household waste if you drive a van, pickup, commercial type 4x4 or use a trailer between 1.5 and 3.5 metres in length. The length of trailers refers to the total internal length of the trailer box (excluding the tow bar).

Only Pyms Lane in Crewe and Danes Moss in Macclesfield can accommodate trailers over 2.5 metres in length.

We cannot allow any trailers over 3.5 metres on any Cheshire East household waste and recycling centre.

We cannot allow vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight (GVW) to use any Cheshire East household waste and recycling centre.


What you can recycle at the HWRCs

Cheshire East Household Waste Recycling Centres can accept waste from your household in Cheshire East including:

  • asbestos - at Pyms Lane Crewe or Danes Moss Macclesfield only
  • batteries - both car and household batteries, including e-cigarette batteries 
  • beds, mattresses and soft furnishings
  • bric-a-brac (general reusable items)
  • cans - steel and aluminium
  • cardboard
  • carpet
  • domestic appliances - large and small
  • fridges and freezers
  • fluorescent tubes and energy saving bulbs
  • glass – bottles and jars.  Panes/sheets of glass are disposed of in the rubble skip and incur a charge.
  • green garden waste
  • oil - engine oil and vegetable / cooking oil
  • paint
  • paper
  • Plasterboard – this is for small DIY projects only, will incur a charge and only accepted at Danes Moss, Macclesfield and Pyms Lane Crewe. You must remove anything attached to the plasterboard for example tiles and insulation. We recommend that you hire a skip for larger scale projects.
  • plastic bottles
  • rubble - this is for small DIY projects only and will incur a charge. For larger scale projects it is recommended that you hire a skip.
  • scrap metal
  • televisions and computer monitors
  • textiles/clothing/shoes (these should be bagged) - duvets, pillows and cushion pads should not be put in the textile banks.
  • wood

Bonded asbestos

We provide special skips for small quantities of bonded asbestos waste at the Pyms Lane (Crewe) and Danes Moss (Macclesfield) Centres.

You should telephone the site before you visit to check that they have capacity. You should report to the attendant when you get there.

You must double-bag or double-wrap and seal in heavy duty polythene all bonded asbestos. The waste management licence requires this.

When handling, transporting and disposing of bonded asbestos waste, we advise you to:

  • keep the material damp
  • avoid breaking up large pieces
  • ideally transport in an enclosed vehicle or covered trailer
  • wear a face mask and gloves

No more than 6 sheets of asbestos can be accepted per property. We recommend that you hire a specialist skip and consult asbestos removal contractors for larger scale work.

What you cannot recycle at the household waste and recycling centre

We cannot accept:

  • commercial, business or trade waste - you should take this to appropriately licensed facilities. See business waste collection or contact the Environment Agency for details
  • gas cylinders - they are the property of the gas company and you should return gas cylinders to the supplier
  • tyres
  • household waste that you have been paid to dispose of
  • household waste that isn't from where you live

Locations of the Household Waste Recycling Centres

Below is a list of the Household Waste and recycling Centres, follow the links to see the sites on a map.

Legal regulations

We enforce and comply with:

Our staff make sure the Household Waste and recycling centre is safe and used appropriately. You could be refused access to the centre if you do not follow their instructions or the site rules. We do not tolerate abusive behaviour.