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.


Get ready for less queuing and more recycling!

To visit the recycling centre from 6 June onwards you will need to have booked in advance.

You can book up to two weeks in advance, or as little as one hour before you visit. Booking is quick, simple and removes the need to queue on site.

Visit to book quickly and easily. For those without access to the internet, you can call 0117 922 2100 Mon – Fri between 08:30 – 18:00 (closed 12:00 – 13:30 on Weds).


Visiting the Reuse and Recycling Centres

The booking system replaces the odd and even number plate system, opening up access to all residents every day. The odd and even number plate system will remain in place until 5 June 2022.

  • You do not need to book if you are visiting the recycling centres by bike
  • A permit is required for a van, pick-up or towing a trailer over 1.52 metres (5 feet) in length
  • Please arrive within 5 minutes of your booked slot and separate materials before coming to site
  • You must arrive in the vehicle you registered when booking.

Check out our frequently asked questions below for more information.

Booking is open

From the 6 June you will need to book to visit the Reuse and Recycling Centres

Traffic management system

Updates for our recycling centres

Summer opening hours (8am – 6:45pm) 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 23 May Odd Monday 30 May Even
Tuesday 24 May Even Tuesday 31 May Odd
Wednesday 25 May Odd Wednesday 1 June Even
Thursday 26 May Even Thursday 2
Friday 27 May Odd Friday 3
Saturday 28 May Even Saturday 4
Sunday 29 May Odd Sunday 5

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 will be replaced by a booking system later in May 2022.

Any visits until the booking system is introduced must be in line with odd and even number plate system. 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. However, you can bring up to six 25kg bags of household DIY waste.

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.

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.

FAQs for the Reuse and Recycling Centres booking System

From the 6 June you will need to book to visit our Reuse and Recycling Centres. Booking opens on the 23 May.

Bookings must be completed online at the council website at Booking online is quick and easy to complete.

Please note, if you are planning to travel by bicycle or on foot you do not need to book an appointment.

Booking online is the quickest and easiest way to book a slot. People with access issues, or those who are not able to get online can call 0117 922 2100.

You will need to have your home address and the registration number of the vehicle you’re arriving in to hand when calling. Telephone line will be available Monday to Friday between 08:30 to 18:00 (closed 12:00 to 13:30 on Wednesdays).

You can book a slot up to two weeks before your visit, or up to one hour before coming to site. We ask that you only book slots that you plan on using.

You can book up to one hour before your visit.

No. Only people with a pre-booked slot will be able to access to the site. For more information on how to book, please see above.

There is no limit on how long you have on site. On average people spend 10 to 15 minutes at the Recycling Centres. Please be considerate of others waiting to come on and pre-sort your materials prior to coming on site. This will also make it easier for you when you arrive.

If you are unable find your address, please send the details of the missing address to Address not listed – Addresses can normally be added within 24 hours of notification

If you are just visiting the shop at Hartcliffe Way or Avonmouth you can access the shop without booking. If you are visiting the Days Road shop you will need to book a slot as the shop is accessed through the Reuse and Recycling Centre.

The donation areas for pre-loved goods are located in the Recycling Centres, so if you are planning to donate, you will need to make a booking.

Slots are available throughout the day and at various sites across the city. If your first choice is not available, try looking at a different time, day, or site. Please note, we only allow people to book two weeks in advance. We restrict the numbers that can book to prevent queues and ensure on site safety.

You will be able to visit the site using a hire vehicle. When booking you will need to select ‘I am using a hire vehicle’ option. This will allow you to proceed with your booking without entering registration plate details. When you arrive on site, you will be asked to present your hire documentation.

There is no limit to the number of times you can visit the site. If you repeatedly fail to show up for your appointments, your access to the site may be restricted. You will receive an automated message via the email you provided to remind you of your booking.

The booking system helps us plan numbers on site, ensure there are no queues and provide a swift and smooth experience for you on site, so please try to be on time. If you arrive late, you may not be able to access the site.

You can cancel your appointment by following the link in your confirmation booking. Please try to cancel with as much notice as possible. If you repeatedly miss your bookings, your access to the site may be restricted. This is to ensure there is good availability for all.

No. As you will have been asked to provide your address and vehicle registration at the time of booking, and on arrival at the site you will need to provide proof of address. For this reason, it is not possible to transfer your appointment to someone else. You will need to cancel your appointment and the other person will need to book with their details.

If you are planning to travel on bike, or on foot, you do not need to make a booking to access the Recycling Centres. We only accept pedestrians at Hartcliffe Way Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Please contact our customer support team