Our recycling centres

Weston-super-Mare recycling centre

Opening times and address

Portishead recycling centre

Opening times and address

Backwell recycling centre

Opening times and address

Our recycling centres during the coronavirus pandemic

From Monday 27 July we are removing the ‘one visit per month’ restriction.

You should only visit if it is absolutely necessary and you do not have coronavirus symptoms.

Waste from anyone with coronavirus should be double-bagged and tied securely and stored at home until at least 72 hours (three days) after symptoms have passed.

We're operating a number plate entry system

We're operating a number plate system at our recycling centres. 

If the last number on your number plate is an odd number (for example: AB59 CDE) you can visit on a Monday, Thursday or Saturday.

If the last number on your number plate is an even number (for example: FG62 HIJ) you can visit on a Wednesday, Friday or Sunday.

Any number plate will be accepted on Tuesdays (Portishead closed). To keep queues to a minimum, if you visit on the wrong day you may be turned away

Only one person from each household should visit, unless you have mobility issues or a heavy item which required two people to load into the vehicle. In this case the same two people should unload into the skip. Staff will not be able to help.


Trailers can only access the recycling centres for the last hour of opening each day (Monday to Saturday).

Before visiting our recycling centres

Before visiting our recycling centres:

  • check you are visiting on the correct day for your number plate
  • check the opening times of your nearest centre and make use of the extended summer opening hours, if possible
  • sort your items when you pack your car to save time when you get to the centre
  • pack your vehicle carefully to maximise your visit
  • use a mapping app with a live traffic layer so that you can see how busy the roads are near the centre

The usual restrictions apply to what you can bring but be aware that staff will not be able to help unload items.

When you arrive at the centre

When you arrive at one of our recycling centres you should:

  • read all the signs to help you use the site safely
  • be patient and respectful to staff on site and follow their instructions - delays are beyond their control
  • stay in your vehicle until it is necessary to get out
  • wear protective gloves to avoid injury and to protect yourself from infection
  • follow social distancing - only one person should be at each skip at any time

After your visit

When you get home from the recycling centre you should wash your hands straight away.

You can save yourself a trip to the recycling centre by reducing your household waste

Our recycling centres are provided for North Somerset residents only. We may ask for proof of address when you visit. We use automatic number plate recognition to check how often the centres are used and to prevent unauthorised use.

Our recycling centres are for household waste only. We do not accept any commercial waste. This includes any waste collected for a fee such as house clearances, waste from shops and offices and waste from gardening businesses.

All our sites are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Backwell is closed on all bank holidays.

Our recycling centres opening hours change in the winter/summer months.

Separate your waste before your visit and recycle as much as you can. We carry out spot checks on rubbish bags to check no recyclable material is thrown in with normal rubbish.

Please respect staff at the recycling centres – we don’t tolerate abuse and all sites are monitored by CCTV.