Visiting recycling centres | Oxfordshire County Council

Visiting recycling centres

What to expect when you visit a household waste recycling centre, including charges.

person throwing waste into a skip

For full details of all our household waste recycling centre policies please see our operating, access and waste acceptance policy (pdf format, 447Kb).

Please take care when using the household waste recycling centres. Be aware of vehicles and use pedestrian routes where possible, and take care handling waste to prevent cuts. Please read our health and safety tips at HWRCs (pdf format, 193kb) for more information.

Normal opening hours (including bank holidays)


Opening hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm (open to 8pm - April to September)
Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday 8am - 5pm
Sunday 8am - 5pm

Best times to visit

We recommend trying to plan your visit around quiet times at the recycling centres if possible - weekdays between 8am -10am and 3pm -5pm are less busy than weekends and the middle of the day.


Household waste

The waste recycling centres accept a wide range of household recyclables and waste for no charge. Non-household waste is accepted for a small charge. Payment can be made by cash or card. See the price list on our charging for non-household waste page

Trade and business waste

Businesses have a legal duty to dispose of their waste properly. See our page on commercial waste disposal for more information.

Wall and railing heights

The walls and railings at our waste recycling centres are the minimum height required under national health and safety regulations. If you cannot reach over the walls or railings to deposit your waste and recycling, please ask a member of site staff to help you.

Vehicles on site

Commercial-type vehicles and trailers between 1.8 and 3 metres (or 6 - 10 feet) require a free e-permit to use the waste recycling centres.

Please note that only vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes laden can be allowed at the recycling centres. Box or Luton type vans larger than a long wheel based transit van are not allowed access to any site.

We also cannot accept trailers longer than 3m in length or trailers towed by commercial-type vehicles. Vans or trailers with tail lifts or ramps are not allowed to use these on site for health and safety reasons.

See the van and trailer e-permit scheme for more information on vehicle restrictions.

Please note that due to highway restrictions vehicles are not permitted to turn right into or out of Redbridge waste recycling centre.

Pedestrian access

We have a duty to make sure that our recycling centres are run in a safe manner and to protect the welfare of all customers. For pedestrians' own safety we cannot permit them to walk into sites as there is no designated footpath or safe walkway, so they would be crossing the path of traffic while carrying waste.

We acknowledge that once on site customers leave their vehicles and walk around the site to access containers. However, they would not be crossing the flow of traffic as they would be if they were to walk in to the sites. Bicycles can use the sites as they are part of the flow of traffic and road users.

We can appreciate there are some items which cannot be accepted in your kerbside collection service, or if you live locally and can walk to a site you feel you are not contributing to vehicle emissions, but unfortunately the safety of site users is our priority.

Some districts provide comprehensive bring sites located in supermarket car parks or community areas: these often collect similar items to household waste recycling centres and are often more easily accessible on foot. Please visit the Recycle Now website for locations of bring banks, or see our recycling A-Z for more information on recycling items not currently collectable in kerbside services.

Recycling rates

Waste recycling centre (WRC) Percentage of waste recycled per year
2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17
Alkerton 74.30% 72.78% 73.32% 57.97% 54.48%
Ardley 67.74% 65.95% 65.57% 53.06% 58.16%
Dix Pit 61.83% 61.19% 63.36% 53.11% 55.1%
Drayton 71.69% 68.96% 70.74% 59.94% 59.99%
Oakley Wood 77.55% 79.88% 80.58% 70.36% 66.68%
Redbridge 70.69% 69.80% 67.46% 54.16% 55.46%
Stanford in the Vale 70.69% 70.15% 74.13% 62.52% 60.70%
Total 70.68% 69.77% 70.26% 58.21% 58.42%
Last reviewed
10 December 2017

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