What can you recycle at our centres?
Please note that Swindon Road Household Recycling Centre is operated on behalf of Cheltenham Borough Council and opening times and the materials accepted differ. For more details please visit Swindon Road Recycling Centre.
What you can recycle:
- Card and cardboard
- Catalogues and brochures
- Computers & laptops
- DIY waste, rubble and building materials
- Electronic and electrical equipment
- Flat glass
- Fluorescent tubes
- Garden waste
- Gas bottles (see below)
- Glass bottles and jars
- Household and garden chemicals
- Ink cartridges
- Junk mail
- Light bulbs (low energy and traditional)
- Newspapers and magazines
- Oil - cooking oil (max 5 litres per visit please)
- Oil - waste engine oil
- Plastic bottles
- Scrap metal
- Shoes- Currently not being recycled, please hold on to these where possible
- Special waste (see below)
- Telephone directories
- Televisions and monitors
- Textiles and clothes- Currently not being recycled, please hold on to these where possible
- White goods - washing machines, fridges/freezers
- Wood and timber
- Yellow Pages
Computers and laptops brought to the site will not be securely destroyed. If you are concerned about personal data on your machine it is strongly advised that you remove any hard-drives and securely destroy them before recycling them at our sites.
What else can I bring to the centres?
You can bring other household waste to our centres (e.g. mattresses, sofas, garden furniture etc) but we are unable to recycle it at present.
Herbivore (i.e. guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters) pet bedding
One bag of bedding (natural materials/fibre only) from herbivore pets can be recycled in the green waste skip, but any extra bags will have to be deposited in the non-recycling skip.
We accept bedding waste generated from other domestic pets which should be deposited in the non-recycling bin, but we will not accept such waste from commercial animal breeders.
Dog and cat faeces
You can deposit up to one carrier bag sized amount of dog or cat faeces at any one visit. This must be double bagged, sealed and only placed in the skip for non-recyclable waste.
You shouldn't remove asbestos-containing material yourself - it is a dangerous operation which can result in the release of small asbestos fibres into the air. Breathing in these fibres can eventually lead to a number of fatal diseases. We recommend that you employ a professional and licensed contractor to remove asbestos. Please go to the following website for further information: www.arca.org.uk
Our recycling centres have limited disposal facilities for cement-bonded asbestos which has been removed by householders. To order a set of bags, visit the HRC Household Asbestos form. Once you have received these bags and securely wrapped the asbestos up, please book your visit by calling 01452 596 626 (Tuesday 26 May 2020 onwards).
Please note we only provide a limited number of bags for this purpose and only those bags will be accepted when you deliver these to your nearest Household Recycling Centre.
Call 01452 596 626 for more details if you are having trouble using this online service.
We cannot accept any asbestos removed by a contractor as this is commercial waste.
Any coals or ashes from a barbecue must be cold and only deposited in the rubble bin.
Construction and demolition waste
We accept construction and demolition waste arising from work carried out by residents on their own property. We have separate containers on our sites for rubble, soil, wood and plasterboard.
Any waste generated by work carried out by a contractor (eg. a builder, plumber or electrician) is classified as commercial waste and cannot be accepted at our HRCs.
The property in question must be the Gloucestershire resident’s main dwelling – material from other owned properties such as buy-to-let or holiday homes is deemed to be commercial waste and cannot be accepted.
These must be treated as Hazardous waste and not placed in your rubbish bin. The correct way to dispose of a fire extinguisher is to return to the supplier if possible. Some companies will recondition units or take them in exchange for a new unit purchased. Discharged domestic units are accepted at our recycling centres but commercial and industrial units are not accepted as these are regarded as commercial waste.
LPG gas cylinders are the property of the gas supplier and we recommend that they are returned to them if at all possible.
Please visit www.uklpg.org for more information.
We will accept gas bottles/cylinders and fire extinguishers that have been used for domestic purposes. We cannot accept such items emanating from business use.
Household chemicals and mercury thermometers
All recycling centres have a chemical bank for your containers of household/garden chemicals and tins of oil and solvent-based paint.
These can be put in the household chemical bank.
When bringing chemicals or thermometers to our sites please speak to a member of staff who will open the chemical bank for you.
If you have unwanted paint that is at least ¾ full, please consider donating it for re-use. See the Community RePaint website for more details.
If bringing paints to your local recycling centre please see a member of staff on advice where to deposit them.
What you can't bring to our recycling centres?
Please do not bring any of the following to our recycling centres:
Ammunition, explosives, fireworks and flares
Old or unwanted fireworks
You should always thoroughly dampen old or unwanted fireworks in a bucket of water for 24 hours and then deposit in your refuse wheeled bin. However, if you have too many for your bin, they may, once thoroughly soaked, be brought for disposal at the recycling centre.
Ammunition or explosives
Contact Gloucestershire Police on 101 for advice on the disposal of explosives and/or live or misfired cartridges. DO NOT dispose of live or misfired cartridges through domestic waste, burial or burning – it is illegal and dangerous.
You should take any old or unwanted maritime flares to your local police station for disposal. Please phone 101 for further assistance.
Beer barrels or kegs
Each year the brewing industry loses many millions of pounds through the theft and misappropriation of beer kegs and casks. Keg Watch is the organisation committed to reducing these losses. Keg Watch operates a confidential free phone line for any general queries or information you may have, call them on 0808 100 1945 or visit www.kegwatch.co.uk
Car parts (except batteries and up to four tyres)
We will accept up to four car or 4x4 sized tyres in any one visit to our HRCs. We will not accept any van or commercial sized vehicle tyres. You may wish to contact your local car tyre dealer to arrange disposal.
Car batteries and car parts
We will accept old car batteries but you should take all other car parts to a local vehicle dismantler's yard.
Hazardous clinical waste, such as needles and dialysis waste, will not be accepted at the Household Recycling Centres.
Hazardous waste such as syringes, diabetic needles and lancets post a significant health risk and need to be disposed of safely. Do not place diabetic needles, syringes or lancets in any general refuse sacks or bins - you may not only be risking your own health but that of the operatives that pick up the waste.
Using a special sharps box is the safest way to dispose of hypodermic needles. These are available on prescription from your local GP surgery or can be purchased directly from the pharmacy at a small cost. Once full, boxes must be returned sealed to either your local surgery or to one of the pharmacies in Gloucestershire participating in the take-back scheme. Please find below a list of pharmacies which are currently included in the syringe 'take back' scheme:
If you have dialysis waste, please contact your local council. Normally the council is notified that you require a dialysis waste collection through the hospital treating you. However, if you are unsure about how your collections will take place please ring.
Commercial type fridges and freezers
Businesses must only use Environment Agency-approved disposal facilities which remove all ozone-depleting substances that may be present in the cooling system or insulating foam. Get more information about disposing of commercial waste.
Heating oil storage tanks
Due to the size and hazardous nature of the residue contents, please contact either your local supplier or the original tank supplier to arrange disposal.
Large or difficult waste: discarded vehicles, trailers, sheds, boats, caravans, large tree stumps, large stones/boulders, engines.
Try offering your unwanted caravan, boat or shed for re-use. Otherwise, search online for more information on local car and commercial vehicle dismantlers, scrap metal merchants and boat breakers. See also Scrapping your vehicle and insurance write-offs
Residents should be using bulk bag services offered from local DIY stores or skip hire for substantial gardening and landscape works such as removal of large tree stumps, large stones/boulders and large quantities of soil.
- Return them to a pharmacy or chemist for safe disposal.
- Do not flush medicines down the toilet or put them in the dustbin
- Tablet blister packs are not recyclable and should be placed in the waste bin when empty.
- The cardboard box that houses the blister packs can be recycled, as can any paper inserts.
- What To Do With Inhalers page to find out how to recycle inhalers.
Petrol and diesel
Unwanted fuel should be taken to a garage for re-use or disposal. Fuel must be removed from all machinery intended for re-use or recycling, such as land mowers, strimmers etc.
Poisonous weed & invasive species (including but not limited to Japanese Knotweed, Himalayan Balsam & Common Ragwort)
Invasive weeds such as Japanese Knotweed must not be
- composted at home
- added to the green waste at HRCs
- Do not fly-tip Japanese Knotweed or any other garden waste.
These weeds are persistent; they will survive the composting process and infest areas where the compost is used.
GOV.UK provides detailed information about preventing harmful weeds and invasive non-native plants spreading.
Please contact a local septic tank supplier to arrange disposal.
Waste that is not from your own home
Business/commercial waste needs to be disposed of at a licensed disposal site or by a licensed waste carrier.