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Latest update on restrictions at recycling centres

Published: 22 June 2020

Residents are no longer being asked to avoid taking vans and trailers to our recycling centres – but visitors are still only allowed in on certain days to help with social distancing.


Drivers can take vans weighing up to 3.5 tonnes when loaded and trailers up to 2 metres in length to drop off household waste from their own property – not for business use – as long as they make the trip on the correct day based on the last number on their vehicle registration plate.

Vehicles with 0, 2, 4, 6, or 8 as the last number on their registration plate will be allowed in on even dates in the month. Those with 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 as the last number on their registration plate will be allowed in on odd dates in the month.

Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways Transport and Infrastructure Councillor Simon Spencer said:

“We’re taking a step-by-step approach to relaxing some of the restrictions put in place to manage demand so we could operate safely during the first weeks of reopening during the coronavirus pandemic. But that doesn’t mean it’s business as usual.

“Social distancing measures are still in place to help protect visitors which means we can fit around half as many vehicles on site compared to normal. Our sites are still expected to be busy so visitors should still be prepared to queue.”

Around 90,000 vehicles have passed through the recycling centres countywide since they reopened on 18 May 2020.

Councillor Spencer added:

“I’d like to thank the public for their patience while we’ve been dealing with this unprecedented situation and for continuing to follow our golden rules to help things run smoothly.

“Check which day you’ll be allowed in. This will depend on your vehicle number plate. You can find out whether you should visit on an odd or even numbered date of the month on our website at derbyshire.gov.uk/waitingtimes where you can also find the latest queue situation at each site before you set off.

“Please wear protective gloves and suitable clothing and footwear as you will have to carry your waste yourself and avoid bringing friends and family along for the ride where possible unless you need help to unload – this will help with social distancing on site. If you do need to bring children with you then please keep them in your car for their own safety.

“Remember to stay at least 2 metres away from others and only approach skips and ramps when they’re not being used by other users, wash your hands when you get home and, of course, stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms in the last 14 days, are self-isolating or at high risk of contracting the virus.”

Our recycling centres open 7 days a week from 8:30am to 6pm in the following locations: Ashbourne, Bolsover, Bretby, Chesterfield, Glossop, Ilkeston, Loscoe, Northwood (Darley Dale) and Waterswallows – near Buxton.

Diversions remain in place to direct traffic wishing to use the recycling centre at Waterswallows Lane. There is no right turn from Waterswallows Road to access the recycling centre.

Find more information about the types of waste accepted at the sites and all the latest safety information. Business or trade waste is not accepted.

The site at Waterswallows is operated on our behalf by Suez and the remaining 8 are operated by HW Martins Ltd.

Derby City Council runs a separate household waste recycling centre at Raynesway in Derby which is subject to separate restrictions.