What are Recycling Centres and Points?
Where is my nearest Recycling Centre/Point?
My local Recycling Point is full - how can I recycle my waste?
My local Recycling Centre/Point is vandalised - what can I do?
Why can’t I recycle all my waste at my local Recycling Centre/Point?
My local Recycling Centre/Point only accepts a small range of materials – what should I do with other items I want to recycle?
My local Recycling Centre/Point is too far away/inconvenient for me to use – what should I do?
You can take certain recyclates (materials that can be recycled) to your local Recycling Centres and Points to be uplifted for sorting, bailing and reprocessing. Recycling Centres normally accept a wide range of materials for recycling and you may know them as Civic Amenity sites. Recycling Centres are often staffed to help you sort your recyclates correctly. Recycling Points are normally located on sites like supermarkets and accept a smaller range of materials such as cans, glass, paper and textiles.
To search by material for where things can be recycled in your area, please use Sort It. To find out what is collected at your local Recycling Centres and Points and where they are located, please click here.
Recycling facilities can become full quickly at certain times and your Local Authority attempts to avoid this, although it is not always possible. You can try to avoid this problem if you Reduce and Reuse as much of your waste as possible. This will help to avoid having to dispose of a lot of waste at your local Recycling Centres and Points. Also, you may be able to find other Recycling Centres and Points near your home where you can dispose of your excess waste at these times. If you wish to inform your Local Authority of this situation, click here here for contacts in your area.
The Local Authority attempts to detect and deal with any instances of vandalised recycling facilities quickly. If you do encounter or witness any vandalism at your local Recycling Centres or Points, you can contact your Local Authority. Please click here for contacts in your area.
The availability of recycling facilities depends on the costs involved and the demand for them in the local area. Some materials have a limited market for sale after they are recycled, such as plastic bottles, which is why some areas do not accept these for recycling. Items are normally re-processed at a separate facility and if there are none in the area it may not be feasible to collect some materials. More facilities are being made available all the time and many Local Authorities have plans to extend the range of materials that they accept for recycling in the near future. You can help to encourage this move by making full use of the existing facilities and showing the demand for more to be made available in your area.
You can check the Recycling Centres and Points section to find out if there are other facilities near you that accept the type of waste that you want to recycle. You can also look into ways to Reduce and Reuse your waste, eg by donating your old clothes to charity shops.
There may be recycling facilities closer to you, so to find out where all the Recycling Centres and Points in your area are located, click here. You can also click here to find out if any kerbside recycling collections are operating in your area. A good way to reduce journeys and fuel pollution is to club together with your neighbours and take it in turns to drive all your waste to the nearest recycling facility. You can also combine these trips with eg visits to the supermarket to reduce the number of car journeys you make.