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Recycling centres and bring banks

Swindon Road recycling centre

The recycling centre in Swindon Road houses facilities for the disposal of household waste.  Vans, whether or not privately owned, are not permitted.  Small household trailers are accepted but must not be detached from the vehicle, so the items will need to be liftable.  Staff on site are happy to assist with unloading where required.

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday - 7.30am to 7.30pm (summer time) and 7.30am to 6.30pm (winter time)
  • Saturdays - 7.30am to 4.00pm
  • Sundays - 9.00am to 1.00pm
  • Bank holidays - Usually 9.00am to 1.00pm, but please check our bank holiday waste page as times may vary

Location map

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You can contact the recycling centre on 01242 262626. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (9.30am to 5pm on Wednesday only).

What can I recycle at Swindon Road?

 Yes please
 No thanks
Plastic bottles
All types of plastic bottles: milk/squash/drinks bottles; cleaning/bleach/detergent bottles; toiletry bottles. Please rinse out and squash.
 Any other plastics including yoghurt/margarine tubs, fruit punnets, ready meal/meat trays, cling film, carrier bags, polystyrene
Hard plastics*

Items with electronics, batteries or glass

Items containing metal, such as children's toys

Plastic garden furniture

Plastic storage crates and boxes

Plastics buckets and pipes

Plastic sheeting that you see on sheds and greenhouses

Plastic paint pots and buckets

Mixed glass bottles and jars
Clean glass jars, glass bottles (all colours)
Window panes, glass milk bottles
Mixed textiles, clothing and shoes
Please place clothes and shoes in separate containers

Tetra pack style cartons such as those for fruit juice and long life milk. Please rise out and flatten

Wood and timber

Please remove large pieces of iron mongery, for example latches, hinges and bolts
Large appliances
Ovens, washing machines

Fluorescent tubes

Fridges and freezers

Household batteries, car batteries

Low energy bulbs

Small electrical items
Such as television sets, microwaves, video/DVD recorders, radios

Food tins and drink cans
Food tins, drink cans, pet food cans, empty aerosol cans, aluminium food trays and foil. Please rinse out and squash
Dirty cans/food trays, pet food pouches, crisp packets, paint tins
Aluminium foil
Aluminium food trays and foil. Please make sure they are clean.
Dirty food trays/foil
Scrap metal

Newspapers, magazines (please remove plastic film if present), shredded paper, junk mail, telephone directories, white office paper, envelopes (please remove plastic windows)
Wet or dirty paper, wallpaper, wrapping paper or gift wrap, hardback books
Used engine oil

Books, telephone directories and catalogues
Paperback books, telephone directories and catalogues (please remove plastic film if present)
Hardback books or catalogues
Cardboard Please flatten boxes

Items that cannot be accepted at the recycling centre:

  • DIY and builders' rubble, including asbestos
  • mattresses
  • tyres
  • paint
  • gas bottles
  • car parts
  • hazardous waste including asbestos
  • clinical waste
  • animal waste
  • trade waste
  • commercial waste
  • hard plastics*

*The Swindon Road recycling centre is currently unable to accept ‘mixed hard plastics’, so the container has been removed from the site. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Recycling needs to have an end use to enable it to be recycled and the market for selling on other plastics is not as well developed as the market for plastic bottles (which we are still accepting). This makes it more difficult to have mixed hard plastics recycled. If the markets pick up, then it’s likely that this material will be acceptable again, in which case, Ubico will be able to reinstate the container swiftly.

Other household recycling centres

If you have a large load, you may find it easier to use the county council civic amenity site. The site is better equipped and has more capacity to receive large loads of household waste. The site also accepts types of waste not permitted at Swindon Road such as DIY rubble.

      Further information on waste and recycling