Find your nearest tip or recycling centre

A tip or recycling centre is called a household waste recycling centre (HWRC).

Opening times

Avonmouth and St Philips:

  • open seven days a week. Hire van and trailer access Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday8am until 6.45pm (30 March to 25 October)
  • 8am until 4.15pm (26 October until 29 March)
  • closed 25 to 26 December and 1 January

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 household waste recycling centres.

Delays at Avonmouth

There may be temporary delays over busy periods whilst improvement work is being carried out at the Avonmouth site.

We recommend avoiding Mondays, Fridays, weekends and school holidays.

Large vehicle access

You can’t recycle business waste at the tip. Householders using a van, pick-up or towing a trailer over 1.52 metres (5 feet) in length, will need to apply for a permit using the household waste recycling centres permit scheme.

A height restriction of 2.4m applies at both Household Waste Recycling Centres. For more information please contact Citizen Services Centre on 0117 922 2100.

What we take:

  • batteries (car and domestic)
  • books, DVDs and CDs
  • cardboard
  • 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
  • oil (used engine oil, and cooking oil)
  • paper and magazines
  • plastic bottles
  • refrigerators and freezers (domestic)
  • rubble and soil
  • scrap metal
  • shoes, clothes and textiles
  • shredded paper
  • televisions and monitors
  • tin cans, foil
  • wood waste
  • carpets

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.

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
  • aspestos


Only three sheets or three 2.5kg 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

Checking visitors are Bristol residents

Only Bristol residents are allowed to use the tip.

You will need to bring one of the following as proof of residence:

  • driving licence
  • recent utility bill
  • council tax bill

Regular spot checks are carried out at our centres.

It is estimated that around 20% of visitors are from outside of Bristol. Checking that only Bristol residents use our centres will reduce queues and save money.

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.