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Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs)

Community recycling centre

Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are for the benefit of Leicester's residents to recycle a wider range of materials and take their own domestic household waste. They are free of charge to use.


Important information:

New Household Waste Recycling Centre opening soon...


There are two recycling centres in Leicester:

Bridge Road Recycling Centre (Downloadable map)

Bridge Road, off Spence Street, Leicester, LE5 3LD     


Freemen's Common Recycling Centre (Downloadable map)Islington Street, Freemans Common, Leicester, LE2 7SQ. Please note that no pedestrian access is available at Freemen's Common.


Opening hours

  • April – October: 8am - 8pm
  • November – March: 8am - 6pm

Both centres are open daily throughout the year except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day and will close early on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at 2pm.


What materials can I recycle at the HWRCs?

Visit Biffa Leicester's website for information about materials that can be taken to HWRCs or download our Bulky collection and HWRCs information leaflet.


Important information: If you intend to dispose of asbestos please read our hazardous waste pages. Only 6 bags of hardcore and rubble can be brought per visit.


Top tip:

Sort your items before arrival to avoid queuing


Do I need a permit to tip?

  • You do not need a permit if you wish to use a car, unless you are using a trailer over 1.4 metres long. If you are using a van/pickup you must apply for a permit.

  • Vans/pick ups and cars with trailers can only use the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Freemen's Common.

  • Apply for your 'permit to tip' onlineor call the Permit Hotline on  0116 454 6750 to find out more. Please note it takes 3 working days for you to receive your permit by post after your application is received.


Illegal Tipping and Commercial Waste

These sites only accept household materials. 


For non-household waste visit the Commercial Waste and Recycling pages. If you are found to be leaving these materials you will be prosecuted.


The unauthorised tipping of waste is illegal and subject to a maximum fine of £20,000 per incident, and up to six months imprisonment. 


If you suspect illegal tipping, inform the Environment Agency immediately on 0800 807060.