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: 

  • Saturday 5 September
  • Monday 7 September
  • Wednesday 9 September
  • Friday 11 September
  • Sunday 13 September
  • Tuesday 15 September
  • Thursday 17 September
  • Saturday 19 September

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:

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

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

You can take waste to a recycling centre in a car or small van. All vans will need a permit. Transit style vans and vehicles with trailers aren’t allowed at this time. 

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:

Our reuse and recycling centres

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

Opening times

St Philips: 8am to 6:45pm

Avonmouth: 8am to 6:45pm

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.

Large vehicle access

Only cars and small vans are allowed at this time. Transit style vans and vehicles with trailers are not allowed.

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 reuse and recycling centres.

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


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.


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.