Recycling centres

You can recycle a wide range of materials and dispose of your domestic rubbish at our household waste recycling centres. Our centres are free to use.

Further information

Our recycling centres

Select a recycling centre below for further information:

Gypsum Close, Leicester, LE4 9AB

Islington Street, Freemen's Common, Leicester, LE2 7SQ.

Opening times:

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

What can I recycle?

  • Accepted at Freemen's Common only
  • Only cement bonded asbestos will be accepted and it must be double wrapped in plastic. 
  • A maximum of 8 sheets per visit will be accepted.
  • Please call 0116 454 6750 for disposal advice before visiting Freemen’s Common Recycling Centre


Household and garden chemicals
  • Accepted at Freemen's Common only


Other items accepted  
  • Batteries (car)
  • Gas Bottles (must be empty)
  • Batteries (household)
  • Glass
  • Bicycles
  • Garden waste
  • Books
  • Metal
  • Car batteries
  • Used Engine Oil
  • Cans
  • Paint
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Furniture
  • Plastic Bottles
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Soil / Hardcore (maximum 6 x 25kg bags per visit)
  • Clothes/shoes
  • Wood (including chipboard and MDF)
  • Cooking oil
  • White goods (fridges etc)
  • Dry mixed recycling
  • Electrical equipment

Please sort your items before arrival to avoid queuing.

Do I need a permit to tip?

You do not need a permit if you are in a car, unless you are using a trailer more than 1.4 metres long. If you are using a van or pickup, you must apply for a permit. Vans, pickups, and cars with trailers can only use the Gypsum Close Recycling Centre. 

You can apply for a permit online using the form at the top of this page, or call 0116 454 6750. Please be aware that your permit must be posted to your home address and you should allow at least three working days for it to arrive.

Trade waste

Gypsum Close Recycling Centre has a trade waste facility for customers disposing of business waste. Visit the trade waste pages to find out more information.

Illegal tipping

Freemen's Common Recycling Centre is for household waste only. If you are found to be leaving commercial waste at this site, you will be prosecuted. The unauthorised tipping of waste is subject to a maximum fine of £20,000 per incident and up to six months imprisonment.

If you suspect illegal tipping, you can call the Environment Agency on 0800 807 060.

Contact us

0116 454 1002