Visiting recycling centres

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

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.

The recycling centres close early at 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Years’ Eve and are closed for three days around Christmas, which includes Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years’ Day.

Normal opening hours (including bank holidays)

Day 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.

Requiring assistance

If you need help unloading your vehicle, please alert a member of staff, either verbally or by sounding your vehicle horn.

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.

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.

Body cameras

We have introduced body-worn cameras at the recycling centres. We began the roll out at Redbridge recycling centre first back in February 2018.

We have been successful in launching the body cameras since then at Drayton, Ardley and Alkerton recycling centres. Oakley Wood and Stanford staff will start wearing them from late October.

Dix Pit will be the final site in order to iron out remaining ICT issues.

Why begin with the Redbridge household waste recycling centre?

We started with Redbridge because it is close to Oxford City, so has good internet coverage. We had to resolve ICT issues before expanding to the other sites to ensure it was operating properly.

Why are you filming?

For public and site staff safety and to help investigate complaints and incidents which may happen on site.

Are you allowed to film?

Yes, legally anyone is allowed to film in a public area. There are signs advertising the use of body cameras and CCTV on each site. CCTV has been used at the recycling centres for over five years.

Will the cameras record constantly?

No, the cameras will never be recording constantly. They will only be switched on if the site staff think an interaction may escalate. This is to ensure the public are not unnecessarily impeded. Members of public will be told as soon as practical that they are being recorded and when the camera is recording, it is visible by a flashing red light.

Can I ask for the camera to be switched off?

No, the cameras are on site for the purpose of public and site staff safety.

Can I have a copy of the footage you have filmed?

If the public wish to view footage taken of them they can request it from Oxfordshire County Council, in writing, to obtain it under freedom of information, data protection laws. It must be within 31 days before the footage is deleted from the system.

Recycling rates

Waste recycling centre (WRC) Percentage of waste recycled per year  
2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
Alkerton 74.30% 72.78% 73.32% 57.97% 54.48% 53.95%
Ardley 67.74% 65.95% 65.57% 53.06% 58.16% 57.14%
Dix Pit 61.83% 61.19% 63.36% 53.11% 55.1% 56.48%
Drayton 71.69% 68.96% 70.74% 59.94% 59.99% 61.43%
Oakley Wood 77.55% 79.88% 80.58% 70.36% 66.68% 68.66%
Redbridge 70.69% 69.80% 67.46% 54.16% 55.46% 52.48%
Stanford in the Vale 70.69% 70.15% 74.13% 62.52% 60.70% 60.24%
Total 70.68% 69.77% 70.26% 58.21% 58.42% 57.96%