Re-opening of recycling centres – FAQs

Bins and recycling

Updated: 20th June

All three of the Council’s household waste recycling centres have now re-opened.

In line with Government guidance , we ask that you only use the recycling centre if your waste cannot be disposed of via your kerbside collections.

Weston-Super-Mare recycling centre re-opened on Monday 18th May.

After a week of extended hours, opening times have now reverted to the usual summer opening times of 8:00am – 6:00pm.

Portishead recycling centre re-opened on Wednesday 27th May.

Summer opening hours until 30th September 2020:

Monday – ODD – open 8:00 – 6:00pm
Tuesday – CLOSED
Wednesday – EVEN – open 8:00 – 6:00pm
Thursday – ODD – open 10:00 – 6:00pm
Friday – EVEN – open 8:00 – 6:00pm
Saturday – ODD – open 9:00 – 6:00pm
Sunday – EVEN – open 9:00 – 5:00pm

ODD / EVEN refers to the last digit of your vehicle registration plate – see below

A one-way system is in place to manage traffic flow. It will not be possible to make a right turn to enter or exit the site.

  • To enter you must turn left coming down Valley Road
  • To exit you must turn left towards Clevedon Road (B3123).

Backwell recycling centre re-opened on Friday 29th May.

  • Expect the centre to be busy with extensive queuing.
  • From Yatton/Claverham… access via Dark Lane and Church Lane only.

Monday – ODD – open 10:00 – 4:00pm
Tuesday – ANY – open 10:00 – 4:00pm
Wednesday – CLOSED
Thursday – CLOSED
Friday – EVEN – open 10:00 – 4:00pm
Saturday – ODD – open 9:00 – 4:30pm
Sunday – EVEN – open 9:30 – 4:00pm

ODD / EVEN refers to the last digit of your vehicle registration plate – see below

Use of sites

The recycling centres will accept all items as normal, but please make full use of your kerbside recycling collection if you can.

If your items could be used by someone else, please set them aside until the charity shops re-open. Charities will need all our support.

Social Distancing and safety

You will notice significant changes to how recycling centres will operate. There will be social distancing measures in place to ensure the safety of staff and local residents. This will mean fewer people allowed on the site at one time. Please be considerate to others and be aware that a visit may result in much longer waiting times than normal.

Please note:

  • The number of vehicles allowed into a site will be limited
  • Only one person will be permitted at each skip at any one time and you will need to stay 2m clear of other people, so you will be asked to wait until a bay is free to unload your waste.
  • Only one person will be allowed outside each vehicle at one time. Exceptions will be made for people with mobility issues when two people will be permitted to unload the same vehicle.
  • Staff at the site will not be able to help unload. You should only bring what you can comfortably lift into the skips on your own.
  • You should bring protective gloves to avoid injury and to protect yourself from infection. Staff will be required to wear gloves as their PPE (not masks at this time).
  • You will not be able to walk waste into a site. You must arrive and leave by car for your own and others safety.
  • You should not visit a site if you are:
    • symptomatic with Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    • in a 14-day household isolation.
    • extremely vulnerable and are remaining at home for shielding purposes


The above measures will likely result in queuing. To help mitigate this we are:

  • Not allowing trailers to use the sites at this time as they take up more room and longer to offload.
  • Suggesting you check your route before leaving home. If you can, use sat nav or a mapping app with the live traffic layer turned on. This will help you gauge how busy the roads are near a centre.
  • Introducing a fair use policy and asking residents to be considerate and limit their use of our sites to one visit a month while these changes are in place.
  • Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras are in operation at sites and if you are making very frequent trips you may be asked to return home without unloading your vehicle.
  • Asking you to sort your items when you load your car so that you won’t waste time doing this when you get to the recycling centre.

Do I have to book a slot to visit?
We are not running a booking system. In common with centres elsewhere in the country, we are trying to keep queues down by introducing an ‘odds and even’s’ system – i.e. different days will be allocated to restrict the number of vehicles trying to use a site. This will be based on the last number on your vehicle’s number plate.


Further information

A full list of items we accept can be found on the NSC website:

What you can take to our recycling centres

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