With the situation rapidly changing across the country, we have compiled a list of links to council website pages which contain up-to-date information about how their recycling centres are operating due to Covid-19.
Local councils are listed below in alphabetical order. Please check for up-to-date information before planning a trip to the ‘tip’.
General Covid-19 guidelines for visiting your local recycling centre or 'tip'
Where recycling centres are open, the following general guidelines apply:
Essential visits only
Only visit your local recycling centre if you cannot safely store your waste or recycling at home, or cannot safely dispose of it by other means. You should only take waste if it cannot be stored without causing risk of injury, health or harm.
Do not visit if you are displaying Covid-19 symptoms
You should not visit your local recycling centre if you are shielding and/or self-isolating due to possible Covid-19 symptoms.
Personal waste must be bagged for at least 72 hours (three days)
If anyone in your household has had Covid-19 symptoms, then any personal waste (e.g. tissues, disposable cleaning wipes, gloves or facemasks) should be doubled bagged and should be left for 72 hours (three days) before being brought to the recycling centre.
Keep 2 metres away from staff and visitors
Staff and visitors must adhere to the 2 metre social distancing rules at all times.
Staff may not help you with your waste
Recycling centre staff will not be able to help you move your waste.
Due to limitations on the numbers of people allowed on site at one time, traffic management systems will be in place. Delays should be expected and if long queues form you may be asked to leave and come back at another time.
Please treat all staff with respect and consideration.
Wash hands and do not touch your face
On your return from the recycling centre please remember not to touch your face and to wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds on arrival at your destination.
Do not leave waste outside recycling centres
Do not leave waste outside recycling centres. Leaving waste at the gates or anywhere else is classed as fly tipping and is a criminal offence for which you could be prosecuted and fined up to £50,000. If you pay for a private rubbish removal service you must check that they have a valid waste carriers licence and retain a written record of the transaction. You can find licensed waste services on the Dsposal Directory or by checking the licence number with the Environment Agency.
Check below for specific Covid-19 measures in place at your local recycling centre
Many recycling centres are operating outside of normal conditions. For example, recycling centres may have different opening hours, restrictions on the types of waste or recycling accepted, temporary visitor management systems (e.g. odd/even number plate systems or pre-booking requirements), restrictions to vehicle types allowed on site, requirement for proof of residency and changes to access to enable traffic management.
List of local councils
Click the link below for your local council to see the most up-to-date information for your local recycling centre.
Local councils are listed in alphabetical order. We will continue to add to the list over the coming days.
Bath and North East Somerset
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Bedford Borough Council
Birmingham City Council
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Brighton and Hove City Council
Bristol City Council
Buckinghamshire County Council
Cambridgeshire County Council
Central Bedfordshire Council
Cheshire East Council
Cheshire West and Chester Council
City of Stoke-on-Trent Council
Coventry City Council
Cumbria County Council
Darlington Borough Council
Derbyshire County Council
Derby City Council
Devon County Council
Dorset County Council
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Durham County Council
East Sussex County Council
Essex County Council
Gloucestershire County Council
Greater Manchester (includes: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford)
Hampshire County Council
Hartlepool Borough Council
Hertfordshire County Council
Isle of Wight Council
Kent County Council
Lancashire County Council
Leicester City Council
Leicestershire County Council
London Borough of Hounslow
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (includes: Knowsley, Liverpool, Merseyside, Sefton, St. Helens and the Wirral)
Milton Keynes Council
Newcastle City Council
Norfolk County Council
North Lincolnshire Council
Northamptonshire County Council
Northumberland County Council
North East Lincolnshire Council
North Somerset Council
North Tyneside Council
North Yorkshire County Council
Nottingham City Council
Nottinghamshire County Council
Oxfordshire County Council
Peterborough City Council
Plymouth City Council
Portsmouth City Council
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
re3 (Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham Borough Council)
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Rutland County Council
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Sheffield City Council
Slough Borough Council
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Somerset County Council
Southampton City Council
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
South Gloucestershire Council
South Tyneside Council
Staffordshire County Council
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Suffolk County Council
Sunderland City Council
Surrey County Council
Swindon Borough Council
Telford and Wrekin Council
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Warwickshire County Council
West Berkshire Council
West Sussex County Council
City of Wolverhampton Council
Worcestershire County Council