Reuse and Recycling Centres open

Avonmouth and St Phillips Reuse and Recycling Centres are open for cars and small vans only and only for essential visits.

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 essential to do so 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.

Traffic control at our sites

We have an ODD and EVEN number plate system in place. This means residents will only be able to visit on certain days. We will also temporarily only be permitting cars and small vans (you will need a permit for a van or campervan) – no transit type vans or vehicles with trailers will be allowed.

Proof of Bristol address required

As always, proof of address is required and will be checked before you can enter the site and should be shown to staff through a closed window.

You will need photo ID and a recent bill, or student ID. Any vehicle that arrives on-site and does not have proof of address will be turned away.

If you are visiting in a small van or campervan you will also need your permit.

Social distancing measures on site

To ensure we are following the government guidance we have made some changes to the way the centre is managed ensuring social distancing is maintained. These include: Two-metre markings in place on the floor of the public areas, with only one person is allowed in each section at a time: Our crews will not be able to help with unloading materials from your vehicle. Please only bring what you can unload yourself or with the help of someone from your household. If there is more than one person in the vehicle, only one will be permitted to exit the vehicle to unload, unless items require two people to carry it, when another adult may assist.

Number plate traffic management system

We have 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 your vehicle number plate.

How it works

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

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

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 day per the table below:
Date Odd/Even number plate Date Odd/Even number plate
Monday 21 September Even Monday 28 September Odd
Tuesday 22 September Odd Tuesday 29 September Even
Wednesday 23 September Even Wednesday 30 September Odd
Thursday 24 September Odd Thursday 1 October Even
Friday 25 September Even Friday 2 October Odd
Saturday 26 September Odd Saturday 3 October Even
Sunday 27 September Even Sunday 4 October Odd


Check the recycling centre queues

Use the live queue cameras below to check the length of the queue at the Avonmouth and St Philips recycling centres before you set off from home.

Avonmouth queue cam
St Philips queue cam