I am emailing with an update regarding the start of the upcoming Launceston RTS redevelopment and the impact this will have on the adjacent Launceston HWRC. As you will already be aware, Cornwall’s waste disposal facilities are currently undergoing a programme of redevelopment works, in order to support the new household waste collection services. The next phase of works, commencing on 22nd January 2024, will see the redevelopment of the Launceston Refuse Transfer Station, enabling it to be able to accept increased recycling material(s) and food waste, later in the year.

During these works the Launceston RTS site will be closed, and current waste deliveries will be diverted to other sites. We have been working closely with Suez to ensure that during this period the adjacent HWRC site can remain open, however due to the location of the construction works the site will have a reduced capacity. We have developed contingency plans to help minimise any disruption, and these include:

  • The site will temporarily stop accepting paper, mixed cans and plastics. These items can be put out by residents for collection as part of the kerbside recycling service.
  • The site does not currently accept household DIY waste i.e. soil/rubble, asbestos, plasterboard and tyres. This will not change whilst the construction works are taking place.
  • Containers currently accessed from above, via the walkways, will be moved to the upper yard and accessed via steps. Visitors needing assistance should ask a member of staff upon arrival.
  • Other containers may be moved to make the best use of space.
  • There will be a small reduction in available onsite parking spaces and the potential for queuing during busier times.

During this period we are asking residents to consider the following;

  1. Use the Council’s waste collection and kerbside recycling services wherever you can.
  2. Consider using an alternative HWRC if possible, as the reduced capacity on site may result in longer queues.
  3. Avoid visiting at peak times. The site is usually quieter between 9 and 10am, and 3 and 4pm.
  4. If you are disposing of DIY waste (including tyres) you will need to visit an alternative HWRC site (Saltash 16 miles, Bude 19 miles).

If you have any queries about this temporary change to service, or the redevelopment works, please do not hesitate to contact the waste team through Casework Assist.

Kind regards


Victoria Parker | Assistant Integrated Waste Management Contract Team Leader

Cornwall Council | Regulatory Services

Notice Date: 15/01/2024