Inert waste

We have changed the way you recycle construction and demolition (inert) waste at the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in Lancashire.

To deliver inert waste free of charge to a HWRC, householders need to obtain a free inert waste permit.

Inert waste permit

Your free inert waste permit will allow you to deliver 10 bags or single items (such as a sink or toilet) of inert waste each calendar year.

The maximum bag dimensions that we will accept as 1 bag is 600 x 900 mm.

If your waste is presented by any other means (including where the capacity has been artificially increased) the site attendant will make an assessment of the equivalent bagged amount.

How to apply for an inert waste permit

You can request a free inert waste permit online or by calling 0300 123 6781.

An inert waste permit is needed for these types of waste

You need an inert waste permit to deliver any of the following waste types free of charge:

  • Breeze blocks
  • Bricks
  • Ceramics (baths, bidet, shower tray, sink, tiles, toilet)
  • Concrete
  • Drainpipes (ceramic types)
  • Flagstones/paving slabs
  • Gravel
  • Hardcore
  • Plaster*
  • Plasterboard*
  • Rubble
  • Sand (sharp)
  • Slates
  • Soil
  • Stones
  • Tarmac
  • Tiles (floor/roof/wall)
  • Turf

*These waste types should be presented separately and deposited in the plaster and plasterboard container.

You do not need a permit to deliver any other waste type.

Separate permits for van and commercial vehicles/trailers are required in accordance with the council's access policy.

Without a permit

If you don't have an inert waste permit, or if you have more inert waste than the permit provides for, you have the option to pay at the HWRC.

The charges in these circumstances is £3.50 per bag or item.

For inert waste delivered in trailers the following charges apply:

  • Trailers up to 1 metre in length - £17.50
  • Trailers up to 2 metres in length - £35
  • Trailers up to 3 metres in length - £52.50

Open backed vehicles (such as pickups) will be charged as above dependent upon size of carrying area.

If your waste is presented by any other means (including where the capacity has been artificially increased) the site attendant will make an assessment of the equivalent bagged amount and subsequent charge.

Payment will be taken on site by credit or debit card only. Payment by cash or cheque will not be accepted.

Contact us

You can contact Lancashire County Council via email wasteinfo@lancashire.gov.uk or by calling 0300 123 6781.