Find your nearest recycling centre or 'tip'

A tip or recycling centre is called a Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC)

We are going to start making improvements to our Avonmouth HWRC over the coming months. This will include a brand new permanent Reuse Shop as well as improvements to the existing site.

While these extensive works are taking place there will be some unavoidable changes to opening times for both commercial and residents wanting to use the facility.

Opening hours for Bristol residents with a valid ID or permit:

From Monday 2 September until Friday 25 October 2019

Monday - Thursday: Closed

Friday to Sunday: Open from 7am to 6.45pm

From Saturday 26 October until late December 2019

Monday to Thursday: Closed

Friday to Sunday: 8am to 4.15pm

Trade customers will only be able to access the site Monday to Thursday during the redevelopment at the usual opening times.

For more information about the improvements being made to our avonmouth site please visit our Avonmouth Updates page.


St Philips Household Waste Recycling Centre Folly Lane, off Days Road, St Philips, Bristol, BS2 0QS

Avonmouth Household Waste Recycling Centre Kings Weston Lane, Avonmouth, Bristol, BS11 0YS

Smaller recycling centres can be found using our recycling centre finder


You must present valid ID confirming Bristol residency to use the Recycling Centres. These measures are designed to help reduce long queues and save the city money.

We only accept:

  • Photo ID & Bristol City Council tax bill
  • Photo ID & utility bill with a Bristol address
  • Student ID card identifying you as a Bristol student

Officially recognised identification includes:

  • Driving license, including international driving licenses
  • Passport
  • National Union of Students (NUS) card
  • European Economic Area (EEA) member state ID card
  • Construction Identity Scheme (CIS) card

We accept both paper or mobile bills.

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Opening times & Access to HWRC sites

Want to avoid the queue? Come before or after 10am to 3pm when we're busiest!

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

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before we close to give you enough time to unload your recycling and waste. We encourage you to sort your recyclables and waste before visiting.

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

There is no pedestrian access to the household waste recycling centres.


Van, pickup and towed trailer access

Business waste cannot be recycled 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 can you bring to a HWRC?

What accept:

  • batteries (car and domestic)
  • books, DVDs and CDs
  • cardboard
  • electrical appliances, household only, large and small, (known as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment 'WEEE')
  • fluorescent tubes and low-energy bulbs
  • glass bottles and jars
  • glasses (spectacles)
  • green waste from gardens
  • hard plastic (for example, old toys, household items, drainpipes)
  • hazardous household waste, please check policy before you bring anything
  • household furniture
  • oil (used engine oil, and cooking oil)
  • paint
  • 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


Do you have usable furniture to donate or do you need to book a collection for large, bulky items to be picked up?

Charity organisations collect some large, fit-for-purpose items for free so they can be reused:

A bulky waste collection can also be arranged for a fee where larger items such as mattresses, electrical items, fridges and freezers are collected from the kerbside.

Please be advised that leaving items out on the kerbside or street can be considered illegal fly-tipping and you could be prosecuted.


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.