Swindon Road recycling centre

Opening hours update

With the clocks now set to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), the household recycling centre is now operating under the winter opening hours listed below. Whilst visiting the household recycling centre please can we ask all resisdents to keep to the speed limit and be aware of site users crossing the pedestrian crossing.

Recycling centre information

The recycling centre in Swindon Road has facilities for disposing of your household waste.


Central Depot, Swindon Road, Cheltenham, GL51 9JZ.

You can contact the recycling centre on 01242 262626 or email cleansing@cheltenham.gov.uk. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Vans, trailers and large loads

Vans/pickup trucks, 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 large domestic appliances, however please note 1 tonne builders bags are not accepted on this site.

If you have a large load, you may find it easier to use the county council recycling centre at Wingmoor Farm, Bishop's Cleeve. 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.

Opening hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 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 12.00pm**
  • Bank holidays - Usually 9.00am to 1.00pm, but please check our bank holiday collections page as times may vary
  • Times will vary over Christmas/New Year, so please check the Christmas opening hours page.

*Summer time is March to October, when clocks are set to British Summer Time (BST); winter time is October to March, when clocks are set to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

**Please note the main gate will be closed at 12noon on a Sunday however during busy periods, vehicles in the queue will still be able to gain access to the site until 1pm.

Location map

What can I recycle at Swindon Road?

Items accepted for recycling at the Swindon Road recycling centre
Yes please No thanks
Mixed plastics

All types of plastic bottles: milk/squash/drinks bottles; cleaning/bleach/detergent bottles; toiletry bottles.

Yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, ice cream tubs, ready-meal trays and plastic fruit punnets.

Please rinse out bottles and containers and squash.

Plastic bags or cling film (or any other kind of film), polystyrene
Hard plastics

Plastic garden furniture, plastic storage crates and boxes, plastics buckets and pipes, plastic sheeting that you see on sheds and greenhouses, and plastic buckets

Items with electronics, batteries or glass

Items containing metal, such as children's toys

Paint pots

Items containing chemicals, such as chemical toilet cassettes 

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  
Cartons Cartons such as those for fruit juice and long life milk. Please rinse out and flatten  
Video tapes, DVD's Video cassettes and DVD accepted  
Wood and timber   Please remove large pieces of iron mongery, for example latches, hinges and bolts
Garden waste   1 tonne builders bags are not accepted on site
Large domestic appliances Only washing machines, dishwashers, electric cookers, and tumble dryers (non-heat pump) - must be domestic only Heat pump tumble dryers should be placed with the cooling (refrigeration) waste stream
Fluorescent tubes    
Fridges and freezers/Cooling (refrigeration) Fridges, freezers and heat pump tumble dryers - must be domestic only No commercial fridges accepted
Batteries Household batteries, car batteries  
Low energy bulbs    
Small electrical items Such as television sets, microwaves, video/DVD recorders, radios, desk fans, electric heaters  
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    
Paper Newspapers, magazines, shredded paper, junk mail, telephone directories, catalogues, white office paper, envelopes (plastic windows can be left in place) Wet or dirty paper, wallpaper, wrapping paper or gift wrap, books
Used engine oil    
Used cooking oil    
Cardboard Please flatten boxes and remove plastic film  
Coffee pods    

Items that cannot be accepted at the recycling centre:

  • DIY and builders' rubble, including asbestos or plaster board
  • books
  • tyres
  • paint
  • gas bottles
  • car parts
  • hazardous waste including asbestos
  • clinical waste
  • animal waste
  • trade waste
  • commercial waste
  • toilets
  • hand basins

Please note 1 tonne builders bags are not accepted on site.

Other household recycling centres

Visit the Recycle for Gloucestershire website to find out about other recycling centres in the county.

Coronavirus updates

We have made some changes to the Swindon Road recycling centre in line with coronavirus guidelines. To find out more please visit our Covid-19 waste and recycling information page.

  • The household recycling centre is for Cheltenham residents only and proof of residency will be required on entry to the site
  • During busy periods the main gate may be shut slightly earlier than listed below to allow for the remaining vehicles on site to use the facilities
  • Whilst using the site please use the walkways provided around the perimeter of the parking bays
  • If you require assistance due to disabilitiy or mobility issues please notify a member of staff upon arrival who will be happy to assist. Alternativley please bring a family member or friend to assist if possible.

Please make full use of your kerbside waste collection service, as we continue our efforts to keep these running for you. You can recycle card, paper, glass, plastic pots, tubs and trays and also tins and cans at home, including food waste and garden waste. For further details visit our waste and recycling page.

Please note the main gate will be closed at 12noon on a Sunday. However, during busy periods, vehicles in the queue will still be able to gain access to the site until 1pm.