Trade waste

Businesses can dispose of their waste at Gypsum Close Trade Recycling Centre. The facility is open to all businesses within or outside of Leicester city.

Further information

Christmas and New Year opening hours

Days Opening hours
Friday 22 December 8am - 5pm
Saturday 23 to Wednesday 27 December Closed
Thursday 28 December 8am - 5pm (usual hours)
Friday 29 December 8am - 5pm (usual hours)
Saturday 30 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018 Closed
Tuesday 2 January 2018 8am - 5pm (normal hours resume)

Legal disposal of waste materials

All businesses must arrange for legal disposal of all waste materials. This includes waste from house clearances, gardening services, tip run services, and landlord activities. 

Please remember that you have a duty of care to ensure your waste is stored, transported and disposed of by someone with a valid Waste Carriers Licence, whether this is yourself or a third party. To check if a company holds a license you can use the link below:

The law on disposing of trade waste

It is against the law to use household collections, bring banks or household waste recycling centres to dispose of trade waste.

How should I dispose of trade waste?

To dispose of trade waste you can bring it to our trade waste facility at Gypsum Close, or you can contact a commercial waste carrier who will deal with your waste responsibly. We do not collect any trade waste or recycling.

Gypsum Close trade waste facility

Our trade waste facility offers a simple, flexible and cost effective way to dispose of trade waste and is open to all businesses in and around Leicester. There are many benefits to using the trade waste facility:

  • No contracts
  • No large bins outside your premises
  • No collection fees
  • Competitive disposal costs

How do I use the trade waste facility?

1. Apply for a waste carriers license (using quick link above)

If you wish to transport waste from your business or operational premises to a disposal location you must possess a valid Waste Carriers Licence (or Waste Carrier exemption if applicable). A licence can be obtained from the Environment Agency. This licence is free if you bring your own business waste; if bringing someone else’s business waste or construction and demolition waste, you may have to pay for the licence.

2. Create an account

In addition to applying for the waste carrier’s licence, you’ll need to register your details with the waste site. For quick registration of your vehicle you must download and fill in the 'Trade waste registration form' (linked below) and bring it along on your first visit:

3. Bring your waste and recycling to the facility

How much will it cost?

The on-site weighbridges allow us to calculate prices based on the weight of each material to the nearest 20kg. Please separate your waste and recycling before bringing it for disposal.

The following table shows the materials we can accept with indicative prices:

  Sample prices  
Type of waste 20kg 100kg 300kg 500kg Prices per tonne (1000kg)
General waste** £5* £16 £48 £80 £160
Garden waste £5* £5* £15 £25 £50
Hardcore and rubble £5* £5* £9 £15 £30
Wood and timber £5* £11.50 £34.50 £57.50 £115
Plasterboard £5* £11.50 £34.50 £57.50 £115
Mixed paper and card £5* £5* £5 £6 £12
Scrap metal Free Free Free Free Free
Mixed loads (excluding general waste)*** £5* £11.50 £34.50 £57.50 £115

* Minimum charge of £5 applies.
** General waste is non-hazardous material that does not fit into one of the other waste categories. e.g. plastics, sofas, mattresses etc.
*** Please note that you will still be expected to sort this once on site.

A minimum charge of £5 applies to each material, or for small amounts all materials may be processed together at the general waste charge; however these will still need to be sorted into the correct containers.

How do I pay?

Payment is taken by either cash or card on site once your recycling/waste has been weighed. 

Opening times

Days Opening hours
Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm

The trade waste facility is closed on bank holidays.

Where are we located?

Gypsum Close (off Lewisher Road),
Troon Industrial Area,
LE4 9AB.
See map of Gypsum Close

Hazardous materials

Hazardous waste from businesses will not be accepted at Gypsum Close Recycling Centre or any of our sites. You should contact a commercial contractor to arrange the removal of your waste. You can contact the Environment Agency for advice on 08708 506 506. A full list of hazardous materials we do not accept can be found at the bottom of this page.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please send us an email at tradewaste@leicester.gov.uk.

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