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Tips and recycling centres

Find your nearest tip or recycling centre

A tip or recycling centre is called a reuse and recycling centre (RRC).

Reuse and recycling centres

You must only go to a recycling centre if you can’t store your waste or recycling at your home without it being a risk to your health. This is because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Instead of going to a recycling centre, you can: 

You can only go to the recycling centre on certain days, based on the last number on your vehicle’s number plate. 

If the last number on your vehicle’s number plate is 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8, you can go to the recycling centre on: 

  • Wednesday 2 December 
  • Friday 4 December
  • Sunday 6 December
  • Tuesday 8 December
  • Thursday 10 December
  • Saturday 12 December
  • Monday 14 December
  • Wednesday 16 December
  • Friday 18 December
  • Sunday 20 December
  • Tuesday 22 December

If the last number on your vehicle’s number plate is 1, 3, 5, 7 or  9, you can go to the recycling centre on:

  • Thursday 3 December 
  • Saturday 5 December
  • Monday 7 December
  • Wednesday 9 December
  • Friday 11 December
  • Sunday 13 December
  • Tuesday 15 December
  • Thursday 17 December
  • Saturday 19 December
  • Monday 21 December
  • Wednesday 23 December

Strict social distancing measures are in place, including:

  • only allowing 6 vehicles in at once
  • only allowing 1 person out of a vehicle at a time, unless more than one person is needed to move the waste
  • 2 metre floor markings with only 1 person allowed within the markings at a time

Large vehicle access

Only cars, small vans, campervans with fixed seats in the back and Blue Badge holders are currently allowed to use the recycling centres.

Small vans will need a permit.

Large vans, pickups, trailers or vehicles with bulkheads are not allowed.

Any vehicle similar in size or bigger than a Volkswagen Transporter will be considered a large van and not allowed access.

These restrictions will remain in place while social distancing is required, and we do not anticipate any changes this year.

It’s illegal to bring business, trade or construction waste to the recycling centres.

A height restriction of 2.4m applies at both reuse and recycling centres.

You must live in the Bristol City Council area and will be asked to show ID. 

You should:

  • sort your waste before you go to the HWRC
  • bring photo ID and proof of address
  • go alone where possible
  • make sure you can move your waste yourself or with someone from your household, we won’t be able to help you unload or move waste
  • check the live stream on the Bristol Waste website to see whether there’s a queue, and consider going at a different time if it’s busy

Only Bristol residents can use our tips or recycling centres.

You must bring photo ID and proof of residence to use the tip, we'll accept:

  • photo ID and council tax bill
  • photo ID and utility bill
  • photo travelcard and council tax or utility bill
  • student ID identifying you as a Bristol student

If you're unable to provide photo ID email: hwrc.enquiries@bristolwastecompany.co.uk

Our reuse and recycling centres

Avonmouth Reuse and Recycling Centre is closed

This is due to an incident at a nearby site

You can find smaller recycling centres using our recycling centre finder.

Opening times

St Philips: 8am to 4:15pm

Avonmouth: 8am to 4:15pm

You’ll need to arrive at least 10 minutes before we close to give you enough time to unload your recycling and waste. You’ll need to sort recyclables and waste before visiting.

Children under 16 years of age should remain in vehicles for their own safety.

There is no pedestrian access to the reuse and recycling centres.

Bag sorting

If you bring bags of general waste, you may be encouraged to sort through them to make sure all recyclable items are taken out before being thrown away.

A table and boxes are provided to sort the waste. Hand sanitiser and spray are available to keep the area clean and safe.

What we take:

  • batteries (car and domestic)
  • books, DVDs and CDs
  • cardboard
  • carpets
  • electrical appliances, household only, large and small, (known as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment 'WEEE')
  • glass bottles and jars
  • glasses (spectacles)
  • green waste from gardens
  • hard plastic (for example, old toys, household items, drainpipes)
  • hazardous household waste, check our policy before you bring anything
  • household furniture
  • mattresses 
  • oil (used engine oil, and cooking oil)
  • paper and magazines
  • plastic bottles
  • refrigerators and freezers (domestic)
  • rubble and soil
  • scrap metal
  • shoes, clothes, textiles and rags
  • shredded paper
  • televisions and monitors
  • tin cans, foil
  • wood waste

Limits on DIY and construction waste

Weekly limit on DIY and construction waste is one car boot load, or six 25kg bags, whichever is less. Anything larger than this limit is classed as industrial waste, even if it is generated at home.

Limiting how much people can dispose of brings us in line with other local authorities, and ensures our service is for Bristol residents only, rather than traders trying to dispose of their waste for free. 

Soil and rubble will be refused if mixed with other wastes. You must separate them before bringing them to the site.

Examples of DIY and construction materials are:

  • hardcore rubble and bricks, concrete slabs
  • plasterboard
  • roofing materials
  • soil
  • any waste mixed with other DIY or construction waste
  • asbestos

Asbestos

Only three sheets or three 25kg bags of bonded asbestos will be accepted per visit or per week, whichever is the less. All asbestos must be double wrapped in polythene and sealed with tape.

Bagged asbestos must not be mixed with any other waste. We can only accept cement bonded asbestos. Unwrapped asbestos will not be accepted.

Before you visit us, please call 0117 922 2100 to check there is space in our skip for your asbestos.

Fluorescent tubes and low energy light bulbs

These contain mercury, which is hazardous. You can take them to a reuse and recycling centre.

Paints

You can take all paints to a reuse and recycling centre.

Disabled access

If you require assistance at either of our tips, please ask a member of staff who will be more than happy to help.

Tips at both Avonmouth and St Philips are on one level, allowing full wheelchair access.