Household Waste Recycling Centres

Opening times and how to find Household Waste Recycling Centres (also known as tips) in Doncaster and a list of household waste that's accepted at the sites. The Household Waste Recycling Centres are operated by FCC Environment on behalf of the council.

HWRCs reopen for essential waste disposal only

Household Waste Recycling Centres across Doncaster have re-opened but with significant restrictions to protect staff and residents from the risk of coronavirus with residents asked to stay away unless their visit is essential.

Only people with essential waste should attend Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). This includes food or “unhygienic” waste which people have been unable to fit into their black bin.

Please be aware last entry will be 6pm at all sites until further notice to allow us to carry out the additional cleansing required as part of our continued efforts to help stopped the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

People are urged to compost or store garden waste at home if they can, but where this is not possible or the waste is beginning to smell, this can be brought to the sites but only where essential.

Those with other waste which they have accumulated for example from tidying the garage or shed in recent weeks are asked to hold onto it wherever possible until social distancing measures are relaxed.

The sites are being re-opened because we understand the need to dispose of unhygienic waste, particularly during the current period of isolation where people are spending significantly more time at home. However, it is vital social distancing measures are in place and adhered to in order to protect staff and residents from the risk of coronavirus. We ask people to please stick to the rules.

The number of vehicles allowed into the centres at any one time will be strictly limited to allow social distancing. Residents are advised that there could be significant delays at sites and that there will be strict Traffic Management enforcement in place which will mean that there will be NO idling on highways in the interests of safety.

Why the sites have reopened

All centres closed in March as, despite guidance to only travel for essential reasons, the sites remained very busy and crowded.

Implementing social distancing measures and avoiding significant queues on the roads outside led to the closures. As did the behaviour of some visitors who verbally abused staff and threatened them with violence. This will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

However, the government has encouraged councils to re-open sites where safe to do so.

Police officers will monitor the impact on the highway through regular patrols and support. Doncaster Council will be putting traffic management measures in place. Enforcement teams will also be on hand at all the sites.

Restrictions in place

Please bear in mind the following before loading your vehicle to attend a Household Waste Recycling Centre.

  • Essential waste only – see limitations on types of waste below.
  • Limited number of vehicles on site at once.
  • A queueing system will be in place.
  • Only one adult per vehicle is allowed on site.
  • Staff will not be able to assist in disposing of items – only bring items you can manage yourself.
  • Cars and small vans only (under 6ft/1.82Mtr) – no trailers or large vans.
  • Abuse of staff will not be tolerated. Body-worn cameras are in use.
  • People may be turned away before closing time if the queue is long.

Types of waste you can bring

Restrictions have been put on the types of waste which can be brought onto the sites. This is because of the global impact on supply chain partners meaning the council has nowhere to send these materials until facilities which process them reopen.
The following items will NOT be accepted at any of Doncaster’s Household Waste Recycling Centres until further notice:

  • Plasterboard
  • Asbestos
  • Paint
  • Motor Oil
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Large Electrical Items
  • Small Domestic Appliances
  • Batteries
  • Gas Canisters
  • Textiles
  • Reuse
  • Plastic bottles
  • Hard plastics

Frequently asked questions about the re-opening and restrictions

Why are the two-day closures still in place?

The contractors have the correct resources such as staff and vehicles to service all 14 sites across Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham (BDR). Providing extra resources at this time would require additional staff to be trained which would delay further the sites opening and be a financial burden that cannot be sustained.

Why can I only access certain sites from one direction?

It is anticipated that a larger than normal numbers of residents will want to use the HWRCs, this is likely to impact on the roads outside. Therefore, it has been necessary to implement traffic management plans at some sites to try to prevent large queues forming, obstructing the highway which would affecting businesses and residents who live close to a site.

Why do the sites close periodically during the day?

It may be necessary to temporarily close sites: 
  • If vehicles are queuing on the highway
  • If skips need to be compacted or exchanged
  • If there are spillages that need to be cleaned up in order to keep the sites safe
If the site is closed please return later in the day or on another day.

Why did Rossington close?

Rossington reopened on Thursday 14 May following essential drainage maintenance works, which began before Covid-19.

Why are there extra staff on at some sites asking members of the public questions?

This is to ensure residents are aware of the new operating system in place and to make sure that only the accepted wastes is brought on to site, preventing wasted time and unnecessary vehicles on site. Once they know what waste you have, they will tell you which numbered skip to put it in to make your visit quicker, meaning more vehicles can pass through.

Why are visits restricted to one adult per vehicle?

Restricting the number of occupants in a vehicle will reduce the temptation for everyone to get out of the vehicle to help unload it; this would make social distancing on site very difficult to maintain.

Why are staff not giving any assistance?

Staff will not be giving assistance to any site user in order to comply with the social distancing requirement to maintain a 2-metre distance between people. Please ensure that any waste in your vehicle only needs one person to remove it.

What do I do if I have large items I need to get rid of?

The Councils bulky collection service is continuing to operate as normal, more details available on the Bulky Collections page and can be used if there is a need to dispose of large items. Otherwise, we would advise that you hold onto them until the normal operation of the sites resume. We cannot, unfortunately, give an exact date of when this will be.

Why are staff only allowing one vehicle to unload at once?

The ramps up to the skips are narrow which makes it impossible to maintain social distancing and the sites layout mean that it is very difficult to maintain social distancing whilst moving around the site.

Why is not all types of waste being accepted?

Some of the places where waste goes for recycling either have not yet reopened or are running a reduced collection service. This means that once skips, recycling banks and holding areas become full they cannot be emptied.

When will I be able to take items that are not being taken at the moment?

As reprocessing outlets start to re-open and resume normal collection services, the sites will gradually be able to accept those types of waste currently not being accepted. We will continue to update what is accepted as and when it is safe to do so.

Do the restrictions still apply to some types of waste?

Yes, the restrictions will still apply as they do now on waste types not classed as household waste, therefore, the Council is not required to provide a free point of disposal for them.

Why are trailers and large vans not being allowed on to site?

These take much longer to unload and require more room on site; this will reduce the number of vehicles that can be held on site before impacting on the highway.

When will I be allowed on to site with my large van or a trailer?

Once it has either been identified that the numbers of vehicles accessing sites has significantly reduced or Government restrictions are lifted, then we will be able to allow trailers and large vans back onto site. Please keep checking our website for updates.

I have a Pedestrian Permit, can I still use the site?

Due to the higher number of vehicles using the sites and the way the sites have to operate, unfortunately, pedestrian access cannot be granted at present. Please keep checking our website for updates.

How many times per day can I visit sites?

The sites are open for the disposal of essential waste only, so whilst there is no restriction on the number of visits you can make in a day, we would advise not to visit more than once due to the way the sites are operating and the sheer number of residents who will want to visit.

What will happen if people consistently ignore the new traffic management systems or social distancing once on site?

If the sites cannot be operated safely, including the management of traffic on the highway, and in compliance with social distancing, then we will have to take action.

Please note

  • Traffic management police will be patrolling the area to minimise the possibility of long queues forming and potentially causing an obstruction on the highway .
  • Traffic management is in place – there may be diversion signs to gain correct entry to the site
  • If the queues are long at closing time you may be refused entry and asked to return another day.
  • CCTV is in operation, and staff are wearing bodycams. Abuse towards staff will not be tolerated. Waste offloaded without permission is classed as fly-tipping.
  • Our staff reserve the right to refuse entry or ask you to leave the site immediately if you do not follow the site rules or the instructions of our staff, or you are abusive, or fly-tip.
  • Please do not be offended if we inspect your vehicle before disposal or our staff refuse to take your items – this is to ensure that we can continue to operate the sites and keep sites open for essential waste only (note, visual observations can take place, and this acts as a deterrent before people visit the sites)

There are six Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in Doncaster. These facilities provide a wide range of free recycling and household waste disposal services.

Please refer to our Check before you Chuck leaflet in the downloads section which is a handy guide to help decide the best place to get rid of your waste and the best ways to use our HWRCs.

Household waste is typically waste that you would normally put into your wheeled bin(s) at home, items of furniture and electrical items that you would normally take with you when you move house if they were in good working order.

Household waste is not waste generated from any internal refurbishment work or exterior hard-landscaping work. Please see the download "Guidance on Construction and Demolition Wastes" on this page for further information about the restrictions in place regarding the disposal of this type of waste.

Site operatives are available on site to provide assistance, if requested.

Locations and opening times

Please be aware last entry will be 6pm at all sites.


Opening times

8:30am - 7pm, seven days a week
(Please be aware last entry will be 6pm)


Armthorpe Road, Armthorpe, DN2 5QB



Opening times

  • 9:30am - 7pm (1 April to 30 September) - Please be aware last entry will be 6pm
  • 9:30am - 5pm (1 October to 31 March)
  • closed Tuesday and Wednesday


Springwell Lane, Balby, DN4 9AJ



Opening times

  • 9:30am - 7pm (1 April to 30 September) - Please be aware last entry will be 6pm
  • 9:30am - 5pm (1 October to 31 March)
  • closed Tuesday and Wednesday


Bentley Moor Lane, Carcroft, DN6 7BD



Opening times

  • 9:30am - 7pm (1 April to 30 September) - Please be aware last entry will be 6pm
  • 9:30am - 5pm (1 October to 31 March)
  • closed Thursday and Friday


Crookhill Road, Conisbrough, DN12 2AE



Opening times

  • 9:30am - 7pm (1 April to 30 September) - Please be aware last entry will be 6pm
  • 9:30am - 5pm (1 October to 31 March)
  • closed Thursday and Friday


Bootham Lane, Hatfield, DN7 4JT



Opening times

  • 9:30am - 7pm (1 April to 30 September) - Please be aware last entry will be 6pm
  • 9:30am - 5pm (1 October to 31 March)
  • closed Tuesday and Wednesday


Bankwood Lane, Rossington, DN11 0PS



More places to recycle:

What can you take to a HWRC?*

*Covid-19 restrictions apply. Please see above types of waste accepted for further details.

  • asbestos (Armthorpe only) - see regulations on the Asbestos disposal page
  • batteries - car and household (car batteries are not accepted at Hatfield)
  • cans, tins and foil
  • cardboard
  • chipboard
  • cooking oil
  • domestic electrical items eg: washing machines, TVs, laptops,kettles,lawn mowers,tools etc
  • energy saving light bulbs
  • fluorescent tubes
  • fridge and freezers (please bring proof of residency in the borough if wanting to dispose of fridges, freezers & fridge-freezers)
  • glass
  • green waste
  • hardcore / rubble /soil - restrictions are in place on the quantity which can be disposed of, please the see document entitled " Guidance on Construction and Demolition Wastes"
  • hard plastics (except Conisbrough)
  • ink cartridges
  • liquid food cartons (Tetra Paks)
  • LP gas cylinders (except Hatfield and Conisbrough)
  • mattresses
  • non-ferrous metals
  • oil
  • paper
  • plastic bottles
  • plasterboard (Armthorpe only) - see below and the document entitled " Guidance on Construction and Demolition Wastes" for quantity restrictions which apply
  • scrap metal (excluding vehicle parts)
  • shoes
  • textiles
  • tyres (maximum of four car tyres - no industrial/commercial vehicle tyres)
  • wood - restrictions are in place on the quantity which can be disposed of if from a small, internal DIY project or from the garden, please the see document entitled " Guidance on Construction and Demolition Wastes"

Plasterboard/gypsum (disposal at Armthorpe only) - regulations issued by the Environment Agency on 1 April 2009 now prevent waste gypsum/plasterboard from being sent to landfill alongside bio-degradable waste. In line with these new regulations waste gypsum / plasterboard must be separated from all other items before being brought to the site. Plasterboard with tiles, insulation of any type and/or artex will not be accepted. Plasterboard will be recycled into new products. For further information and advice about the new regulations consult the Environment Agency

Access to HWRC sites:*

*Covid-19 restrictions apply. Please see above restrictions for further details.

  • HWRCs are free to use by only Doncaster residents in a private/domestic vehicle
  • Cars towing a trailer (maximum trailer bed length 6ft/1,8m without attachments to increase capacity), small vans (under 1.8 m including any attachments on the roof) and 4x4 pick-ups must display a valid entry permit
  • Vans over 1.8m  must display a valid permit but can only use Armthorpe HWRC. PLEASE NOTE Luton-type box vans and flatbed /tipper type vehicles can only access Armthorpe through the "on-off tip" system and are not eligible for a permit.
  • Sign-written commercial type vehicles are eligible for a permit provided pre-set conditions are met. these conditions can be found on the HWRC vehicle permit page.
  • Permits are available at no cost to Doncaster residents
  • HWRCs cannot be used for trade and commercial waste
  • Only one permit is allowed per residential property
  • A vehicle may only hold one permit for the address shown on the vehicles registration document
  • If you intend to hire a vehicle or your existing vehicle does not fall within the current permit scheme please see the information regarding discretionary "one-off" tips.


Vehicular permit

PLEASE NOTE - we are currently unable to process any permit applications as staff have no access to printers due to working from home because of Covid19 . If you have applied on-line, then your permit application will be dealt with once staff begin to resume work at the Customer Service Centre. If you have a non-sign written van under 6ft high or a 4x4 pick-up, then whilst Covid19 restrictions are in place, you can access any HWRC without a permit.

Please DO NOT email your supporting documentation to the Waste & Recycling Team as we are unable to access the on-line application system. Thank you.

Please note: a permit only provides permission to enter a nominated site and IS NOT a licence to deposit waste. A permit does not guarantee the acceptance/disposal of any types or quantity of waste at the HWRC. 

To obtain a HWRC vehicle permit, you must adhere to a series of terms and conditions.


The full list of these can be found via:

Pedestrian access

PLEASE NOTE - due to strict social distancing measures on all HWRCs, we are currently unable to allow pedestrian access to any HWRC.

Please note: a pedestrian permit only provides permission to enter a nominated site and IS NOT a licence to deposit waste. A permit does not guarantee the acceptance/disposal of any types or quantity of waste at the HWRC. 

Pedestrian access is allowed on HWRCs to any Doncaster resident who lives in a parish or village within which a HWRC is sited (provided that they live no more than one mile from the site), who either does not have access to a vehicle, or chooses not to use a vehicle to access site, apply for a permit via:

Discretionary "one-off" tips

PLEASE NOTE - due to the changes in the way HWRCs are operating at the moment, we are unable to take bookings for discretionary "one-off" tips. Small vans (under 6ft high) and 4x4 pick-ups are currently being allowed access to all sites without a permit to dispose of "essential waste". Unfortunately trailers and vans over 6ft high are currently not allowed onto site.

Doncaster residents wishing to hire a vehicle, or owning a vehicle which cannot be granted a permit (with the exception of sign-written commercial-type vehicles), to dispose of household waste can apply for access to Armthorpe by pre-booking a "one off" tip which will be given at the discretion of the Council. All requests must be made in advance of setting off to the site and by no later than 4pm on Friday if you require access at the weekend: failure to do so may result in you being denied access to site.  

To pre-book a discretionary "one off" tip please phone 01302 736000 and have the following information available:

  • name, contact telephone number and the address the waste is coming from
  • make,model,registration number and name of the hire company
  • the day and approximate time you would like to visit the site
  • a break-down of the items to be disposed off

Please do not start your journey to site until you have been contacted by a member of the Waste and Recycling Team who will check the information supplied is correct and at his/her discretion, give permission for the visit.

PLEASE NOTE a "one-off" tip is just one visit. All such visits are at the discretion of the Council and only two visits per year, 6months apart, will be allowed from any domestic property within the borough. If you own the vehicle which is eligible for a permit as the current system stands, you are advised to apply for a permit.

Further information

HWRCs in Doncaster are operated by FCC Environment, a privately owned waste management company

Contact information

  • email:     Please DO NOT send supporting documentation for permits to this email address as Waste & Recycling are not responsible for the issuing of permits. Thank you.
  • tel: 01302 736000


Last updated: 28 May 2020 12:41:10