Ambleside - Household Waste Recycling Centre

Open seven days a week from 8am to 6pm.

Ambleside is one of our smaller HWRC's.

Before you visit check what items we will take and the items we don't take.

Items we take

  • batteries (car)
  • batteries (household)
  • books
  • cardboard
  • CD's and DVD's
  • chemicals like weedkiller, paint stripper or oil based paint (on arrival report to the site staff with these items)
  • clothes and textiles
  • fluorescent tubes
  • fridges and freezers
  • furniture (but not upholstered seating), mattresses, carpets and rugs
  • garden waste
  • gas bottles
  • general household waste
  • hardcore and rubble
  • large appliances like washing machines and ovens
  • paint and dry empty metal paint cans
  • paper
  • plastics
  • scrap metal
  • small appliances like microwaves, toasters, vacuum cleaners or battery powered toys
  • TV's and monitors
  • used engine oil
  • wood and timber

Items we don't take

  • Upholstered domestic seating like sofas, office chairs or beanbags
  • trade waste
  • asbestos and asbestos containing wastes
  • clinical waste
  • acetylene
  • boat flares
  • car air bags
  • fireworks
  • tyres

We don't take household glass but you can recycle it at Rothay Holme Car Park.

HWRC permits

Our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) are just for local residents to use. The permit scheme makes sure that no trade waste is taken there.

If you're driving a larger vehicle, like a utility vehicle, van or truck or if you have a large trailer you will need to apply for an HWRC permit

If you're walking to one of our sites you'll need a pedestrian's permit so we can keep you safe.

Find out when you need a permit and how to apply for one.

Other HWRCs across Cumbria

You can use any HWRC in Cumbria, wherever you live. You can visit sites at Millom, Frizington, Workington, Maryport, Wigton, Carlisle and Brampton, for more information go to the Cumberland Council website.

Find our sites in Cumberland


Rothay Road
LA22 0EA
United Kingdom

Opening times

8am to 6pm, seven days a week. This site may close for skip exchanges to take place.


  • Site enquiries: 015394 32108 | Permits: 0300 373 3300