Consultation on preventing charges for DIY waste at household waste recycling centres and call for evidence on booking systems at household waste recycling centres

Closed 4 Jul 2022

Opened 11 Apr 2022


Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) play an important role in helping people manage the waste they produce in a convenient and sustainable way. They play a key role in supporting kerbside collections and in boosting recycling.  They need to be accessible to all residents – both in when they are available, and by not charging fees some may be unable to afford. 

Government believes householders should not be charged to dispose of DIY waste. We are proposing changes to allow householders to deposit DIY waste for free. This will reduce the potential risk of fly-tipping, littering and backyard burning which create additional costs for local authorities and causes environmental issues.   

We want to know what you think about: 

  • Construction waste being treated as DIY waste in certain circumstances and therefore being classed as household waste enabling it to be disposed of free of charge  

  • Possible criteria to define construction waste as DIY waste to allow householders to deposit DIY waste for free 

  • The impacts of booking systems at household waste recycling centres  

The questions in the online survey are designed to be answered with reference to the consultation document which can be found as an attachment at the bottom of the page. Please view this document as you answer the online survey. 

Please note that not all questions need to be answered in order to submit a response and we encourage you to answer the questions that are relevant to you. Please read the questions carefully, and only provide comment or evidence where asked. You do not need to answer all the questions.

Please note that this consultation will close at 23:59 on 4th July 2022.

What happens next

The responses to this consultation have been analysed, and the government response to this consultation has now been published. You can read more here.


  • Charities/Voluntary Organisations
  • Environmental campaigners
  • Households
  • Local Authorities
  • Waste Producers and Handlers
  • Local Authorities
  • Waste Management Companies
  • Non-Government Organisation
  • Member of the General Public
  • Public Bodies
  • Consultants
  • Stakeholders


  • Waste and recycling