Melton Mowbray Recycling and Household Waste Site

Melton Mowbray is one of 14 recycling and household waste sites in Leicestershire. Site users must keep children and pets in vehicles at all times and be alert and aware of other vehicles and pedestrians on the site.

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Waste site updates

Sites are extremely busy at present and are running low on capacity for many waste streams - please bear with us, staff are working hard to improve the situation, but ongoing demand remains high.

Always check the web page for your intended waste site before you visit. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before closing.

  • 9 July: Large domestic appliances (LDA) can't be accepted until further notice.
  • Gas bottles/cylinders - check your intended site. Temporarily can't be accepted at the Barwell and Whetstone sites, until further notice.

Bank holidays and weekends: Before setting off, check our website for opening hours, check our Twitter or Facebook for the latest updates. Please note:

  • Weekends, especially during bank holidays, are usually busy. Sometimes we're unable to accept certain materials and, in extreme cases, may have to close sites until there is sufficient capacity to run them safely.
  • We plan for busy periods, but urge you to think about when to visit your waste site, to avoid delays.
  • When visiting one of our sites please remember to wear appropriate sturdy footwear and gloves.

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Monday: 9:00-19:00
Tuesday - Wednesday: Closed
Thursday - Sunday: 9:00-19:00
Melton Mowbray Recycling and Household Waste Site, Lake Terrace, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0BZ

This site does not accept vehicles with:

  • A Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) or permissible maximum weight of greater than 3.5 tonnes
  • A trailer length greater than 3 metres (9ft 8in)

A 5mph speed limit applies and speed humps up to 75mm high are in place.

  • Vans, pick-ups and cars with trailers, and any vehicle bringing asbestos, chemicals or liquid paint, must have a Waste Permit.
  • Suitable footwear and gloves should be worn to assist in safe handling of your waste. Please ensure you can unload your waste yourself, as we cannot guarantee that physical assistance can be provided by site staff
  • Vehicles are allowed access to the site up to 5 minutes before closing time (at peaks times this may be increased)
  • All vehicles must be off-site by closing time
  • Pedestrian access is not permitted at this site. See the document below for further information:

There is a charge to dispose of some types of non-household waste.
You can only pay using a credit or debit card, contactless when possible. Cash or cheques will not be accepted.

This site accepts:


Bric a brac

Car batteries





Computers and peripherals (including printers, keyboards, computer mice, tablets, gaming consoles)

Cooking oil

Flat Glass (Charges apply)

Fluorescent tubes


Food tins and drink cans

Garden waste*


Hardcore and soil (Charges apply)

Low energy bulbs

Mobile phones

Non-recyclable household waste (black bags, carpet, mattresses etc.)


Plasterboard** (Charges apply)

Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays

Scrap metal


Small appliances


Upholstered domestic seating (armchairs, bean bags/floor cushions, dining/kitchen chairs, home office chairs, futons, pouffes, sofas/sofa beds, settees and stools/footstools)


*Any branches or tree trunks must be smaller or cut down to less than 15cm wide and 1 metre in length.

**We can only accept plasterboard for recycling if all fixtures and fittings, such as tiles or woodwork, have been separated from the plasterboard first.  We cannot accept demolition waste that contains plasterboard mixed with other materials such as tiles and bricks.

Confidential waste

  • Please remove all confidential data from your PC, laptop, phone or tablet before you dispose of it.
  • You must remove confidential material from your general waste and ensure that it is disposed of correctly.

This site does not accept:

  • Ammunition such as Second World War shells, explosive caps, and ammunition for guns and shotguns
  • Asbestos
  • Business waste
  • Vehicles (motorised or non-motorised) - including cars and vans, motorbikes, caravans, trailers or any structural part of a vehicle e.g. trailer beds, trailer side panels, dismantled caravan panels and parts, seats, dashboards, bumpers, doors, bonnets, panels, brake discs and pads, engines, gear boxes, axles, wheels and tyres
  • Chemicals
  • Clinical waste / needles / sharps
  • Construction wood such as railway sleepers, telegraph poles and wood treated with creosote
  • COVID-19 contaminated material (or suspected) unless it is double bagged and has been kept for at least 72 hours before depositing it on site
  • Paint (liquid)
  • Tyres

Please see our How do I dispose of...   page for suggestions of how you can reuse or recycle your items or if you can’t see your item listed here.