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Recycling centres and bring banks

Swindon Road recycling centre

Coronavirus updates

Following the guidelines set out by the government on 5 May 2020, we have made some changes to the Swindon Road recycling centre. To find out more please visit our information page.

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.

Opening hours

Following Gloucestershire County Council’s review of household recycling centre (HRC) opening hours which has been carried out with Ubico, some recycling centres in the county will be reducing their opening hours from October. This does not affect Cheltenham’s Swindon Road recycling centre, which will continue to open as normal whilst a review of operational hours is underway.

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 Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (9.30am to 5pm on Wednesdays).

Vans, trailers and large loads

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 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 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.

Opening hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 7.30am to 7.30pm (summer time*) and 7.30am to 6.30pm (winter time*)
  • Wednesday - 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
  • 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).

Location map

What can I recycle at Swindon Road?

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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, plastic paint pots and buckets

Items with electronics, batteries or glass

Items containing metal, such as children's toys

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 rise out and flatten  
Video tapes, DVD's and other disks    
Wood and timber   Please remove large pieces of iron mongery, for example latches, hinges and bolts
Garden waste   1 tonne builders bags, not accepted on site
Large appliances Ovens, washing machines  
Fluorescent tubes    
Fridges and freezers    
Batteries 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    
Paper Newspapers, magazines, shredded paper, junk mail, telephone directories, white office paper, envelopes (plastic windows can be left in place) 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 Hardback books or catalogues
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
  • 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.