Tips and recycling centres

Find your nearest tip or recycling centre

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

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 any photo ID email:

Opening times

St Philips

  • open seven days a week
  • 8am to 4.15pm, from 22 October 2018 to 24 March 2019
  • 8am to 6.45pm, from 25 March 2019 to 20 October 2019
  • closed 25 and 26 December 2019 and 1 January 2020


We're making improvements to the Avonmouth Household Waste Recycling Centre.

It will be closed Monday to Thursday from 2 September to late December 2019. It will be open for longer on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25 October 2019. 

There'll be extra staff and containers at both HWRCs to help meet demand during the improvement works. 

Find out more about the improvements on the Bristol Waste website.

  • open seven days a week, 8am to 6.45pm, from 25 March 2019 to 1 September 2019
  • open Friday to Sunday, 7am to 6.45pm, from 2 September to 25 October 
  • open Friday to Sunday, 8am to 4.15pm, from 26 October to late December 2019 
  • closed Monday to Thursday from 2 September to late December 2019 
  • closed 25 and 26 December 2019 and 1 January 2020

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.

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.

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. 

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 Household Waste Recycling Centre.


You can take all paints to a Household Waste 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.