Covid-19: what is my local tip doing?

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. 

Expect delays

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. 

Respect staff

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

Blackpool Council

Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Brighton and Hove City Council

Bristol City Council

Buckinghamshire County Council


Calderdale Council

Cambridgeshire County Council

Central Bedfordshire Council

Cheshire East Council

Cheshire West and Chester Council

City of Stoke-on-Trent Council

Cornwall Council

Coventry City Council

Cumbria County Council


Darlington Borough Council

Derbyshire County Council

Derby City Council

Devon County Council

Doncaster Council

Dorset County Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Durham County Council


Ealing 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

Herefordshire Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Hillingdon Council


Isle of Wight Council


Kent County Council

Kirklees Council


Lancashire County Council

Leicester City Council

Leicestershire County Council

London Borough of Hounslow

Luton Council


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

Shropshire 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

Thurrock Council

Torbay Council


Walsall Council

Warwickshire County Council

West Berkshire Council

West Sussex County Council

Wiltshire Council

Wigan Council

City of Wolverhampton Council

Worcestershire County Council


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