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.

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Traffic management system

Updates for our recycling centres

Winter opening hours (8am – 4:15pm) are now in effect.

The Reuse and Recycling Centres are open with an odd and even number plate system in place 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 17
January
Odd Monday 24 January Even
Tuesday 18
January
Even Tuesday 25 January Odd
Wednesday 19 January Odd Wednesday 26 January Even
Thursday 20 January Even Thursday 27 January Odd
Friday 21
January
Odd Friday 28
January
Even
Saturday 22
January
Even Saturday 29 January Odd
Sunday 23
January
Odd Sunday 30
January
Even

The 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 ensure it is a day you are able to enter.

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

Restrictions in place at Recycling Centres

Our Recycling Centres are open. The current rules and number plate system remains in place for the foreseeable future.

Any visits must be in line with odd and even number plate system. This is to allow for social distancing and to help reduce queue times. These restrictions also apply to hire vehicles. Vans continue to require a permit.

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

What to do if you need to visit

We ask residents 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

We have made some changes to the way the centre is managed to ensure it is possible to maintain social distancing.

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, 1100 litre bin for residents. The bin will be delivered to your driveway or another flat surface at your property and picked up when it’s full.