Barnsley’s household waste recycling centres (tips) are open with significant restrictions to protect you and staff from the risk of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

The centres are open for essential and garden waste, DIY waste (except plasterboard), cardboard, furniture, white goods and electrical appliances. There’s also a restriction on the number of vehicles allowed into the centres at any one time and a queuing system is in place. This is to minimise the number of people on the sites at once to make sure social distancing can be maintained.

They cannot accept plastics, plasterboard, textiles or asbestos.

To maintain social distancing you should attend the centre alone. However if an item is too large or too heavy, two people will be allowed out of the vehicle as long as they are from the same household and they remain together at all times. They must not split up or visit different skips or areas of the site separately. Staff are unable to provide any assistance so that social distancing can be maintained.

Before you leave your home to dispose of garden waste, please think about whether you can compost or store it at home. If you can’t, or if the waste is starting to smell, you can visit a centre. Remember, you should only make the trip if you really need to.

What to expect if you need to visit a centre

  • A queuing system is in place with a limited number of vehicles on-site at one time.
  • The traffic is managed on the roads outside the centres to make it safe to queue in your car.
  • You may be asked to wait to let waste disposal transport into the centre, and while containers are compacted or removed from the centre.
  • there’s a restriction of one visit per day per vehicle to give everyone an opportunity to dispose of essential waste safely;

The centres are open seven days a week, but with slightly adjusted opening times:

  • Goldthorpe: 9am to 5pm
  • Penistone: 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Smithies: 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Worsbrough: 8.30am to 7pm