Reuse and recycling centres

Our number plate system explained

Check for our recycling centre updates, including the upcoming odd and even entry days and stay up to date with the latest guidance for Bristol's Reuse and Recycling Centres.


Number plate traffic management system

Updates for our recycling centres

The Reuse and Recycling Centres will remain open during the current UK lockdown. There is an odd and even number plate system in place at Bristol’s Reuse and Recycling Centres to help manage traffic and reduce queuing. This means you can only visit the Recycling Centres on certain days depending on the last number in your vehicle’s number plate.

If the last number of your vehicle number plate is 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 this is an even number plate.

If the last number of your vehicle number plate is 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9 this is an odd number plate.

Examples of even number plates:

RL34 JGS (the last number is 4)
V952 GHD (the last number is 2)
PRIV8 A0 (the last number is 0)

Examples of odd number plates:

GJ25 HJK (the last number is 5)
Y247 NDF (the last number is 7)
PRIV8 A3 (the last number is 3)

Please only visit on the correct day for your number plate as shown in this table:

Date Odd/Even number plate Date Odd/Even number plate
Monday 21 June Even Monday 28 June Odd
Tuesday 22 June Odd Tuesday 29 June Even
Wednesday 23 June  Even Wednesday 30 June Odd
Thursday 24 June Odd Thursday 1 July Even
Friday 25 June Even Friday 2 July Odd
Saturday 26 June Odd Saturday 3 July Even
 Sunday 27 June Even Sunday 4 July Odd


The number plate system does not apply to the Reuse Shop at Avonmouth, which has a separate entrance. However, if you intend to use the recycling centre before or after visiting the Reuse shop you will need to comply with the number plate system.

Remember, you can use the live queue cameras to check the length of the queue at the Avonmouth and St Philips recycling centres before you set off from home.

Reuse and recycling centres updates


The Avonmouth Reuse Shop will remain closed until Monday 12 April at the earliest, except for click and collect via Facebook marketplace and eBay. We will continue to accept donations via Avonmouth recycling centre while we have storage capacity.

Only cars, small vans, campervans (with fixed seats in the back) and Blue Badge holders are currently allowed access to the Recycling Centres, in line with odd and even days. This is to allow for social distancing and reduce queue times. These restrictions also apply to hire vehicles. Small vans continue to require a permit.

No large vans, pickups, trailers or vehicles with bulkheads will be allowed. Any vehicle similar in size or bigger than a Volkswagen Transporter will be considered a large van and not allowed access.

These restrictions will remain in place while social distancing is required and we do not anticipate any changes this year.

Please note, it is illegal to bring business, trade or construction waste to the recycling centres.

With the Reuse and Recycling Centres open again we all need to be extra vigilant to make sure that we are continuing to stay safe. Social distancing will be enforced and we will be reviewing the situation with the possibility that the sites could close again if it is deemed to be unsafe for the public or our staff.

What to do if you need to visit

If residents can temporarily store their waste and recycling in a way that does not pose a risk to their health, they must do so. We ask residents to limit their journeys and only travel to a recycling centre if it is necessary and the items cannot be safely stored at home until social distancing measures are lifted.

We also ask for people to sort their waste before arriving at the site and ensure they are able to move it themselves or with someone from the same household.

Social distancing measures on site

To ensure we are following the government guidelines we have made some changes to the way the centre is managed to ensure social distancing is maintained.

Having a home clear out?

If home and garden projects created excess waste that you’re struggling to get rid of, or you’re planning a home clear out that doesn’t require a skip, our commercial team have a solution that is local, fast and won’t break the bank.

Bristol Waste can now offer a large, 1100L bin for £45. The bin will be delivered to your driveway or another flat surface at your property and picked up when it’s full.