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: 

  • Tuesday 18 January
  • Thursday 20 January
  • Saturday 22 January
  • Monday 24 January
  • Wednesday 26 January
  • Friday 28 January
  • Sunday 30 January

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:

  • Monday 17 January
  • Wednesday 19 January
  • Friday 21 January
  • Sunday 23 January
  • Tuesday 25 January
  • Thursday 27 January
  • Saturday 29 January

Strict social distancing measures are in place, including:

  • only allowing 10 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

Vans and trailers will need a permit.

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:

Our reuse and recycling centres

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 six 25kg bags. 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.