Swindon Road recycling centre
New opening hours from February 2023
As of February 2023 there are new opening hours at the household recycling centre (HRC).
Times may vary over bank holidays. Please check the bank holiday collections page for any changes to your kerbside collections.
On occasion the gates to the site have to close before the advertised time on the website but the site is still operational until the advertised opening time. This is to allow any cars that might be in the queue on the access road to the HRC to unload their waste and recycling on the site before the site is required to close. This is a requirement of our waste permit for the site.
We would ask that all members of the public are polite to site staff who will report verbal abuse or threats of violence to the police along with relevant CCTV footage.
|Day of the week||Opening hours|
|Monday||8.30am - 4pm|
|Tuesday||8.30am - 4pm|
|Wednesday||Closed in line with Gloucestershire County Council sites|
|Thursday||8.30am - 4pm|
|Friday||8.30am - 4pm|
|Saturday||8.30am - 3pm|
|Sunday||9am - 12 noon|
- The household recycling centre is for Cheltenham residents only and proof of residency will be required on entry to the site.
- Whilst using the site please use the walkways provided around the perimeter of the parking bays
- If you require assistance due to disability or mobility issues please notify a member of staff upon arrival who will be happy to assist. Alternatively, please bring a family member or friend to assist if possible.
Please make full use of your kerbside waste collection service. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
Staff are on site to help if you need any assistance.
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.
Cargo bikes are permitted to access the Household Recycling Centre. Cyclists will be treated the same as vehicles. Cyclists must join the vehicle queue and wait to be admitted by a member of staff. Attempting to jump the vehicle queue will not be tolerated and may result in your access being refused. Please park your bicycle in a marked parking bay as directed by site staff and be aware of other vehicles when moving around the site. We recommend that you wear high visibility clothing when manoeuvring around the site on your bicycle.
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What can I recycle at Swindon Road?
|Yes please||No thanks|
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|
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
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|
|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|
|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|
Items that cannot be accepted at the recycling centre:
- DIY and builders' rubble, including asbestos or plaster board
- gas bottles
- car parts
- hazardous waste including asbestos
- clinical waste
- animal waste
- trade waste
- commercial waste
- 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.