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Bath recycling centre

WarningYou must book an appointment online before you visit, otherwise you will be turned away.

Midland Road, Bath, BA1 3AT

(Off Upper Bristol Road.)

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Opening hours

Day Hours
Monday to Friday        8am to 4.15pm
Saturday 9am to 3.45pm
Sunday 9am to 1pm
Bank holidays 8am to 3.45pm

This recycling centre is closed on Christmas Day (25 December), Boxing Day (26 December), Sunday 27 December ​​​​​​and New Year's Day (1 January).

Before you arrive

Bringing paint to the recycling centre

Water-based emulsion paint

Only bring empty water-based emulsion paint containers (plastic or metal), or ones with hardened water-based emulsion paint inside to our recycling centres. We cannot take any tins that still have liquid emulsion paint in them (add sawdust, sand or soil to the container, or buy a paint hardener and leave the lid off until the paint becomes solid and dry).

Solvent based paint, paint thinner, stripper, toxic paints and white spirit

Solvent based paint, paint thinner, stripper, toxic paints and white spirit can be brought in full or partially full, and placed in our hazardous waste area for specialist disposal.

You must book an appointment online before your visit, otherwise you will be turned away. You should also do the following:

  • check you have a valid permit if your vehicle requires one (no vans over 5 metres)
  • sort and group your items together so you can unload quickly
  • don't turn up any earlier than 10 minutes before your appointment (you may have to return at your stated appointment time)
  • don't turn up late, as you could be turned away.

Other things to be aware of

Please also take note of the following:

  • No pedestrian access
  • Staff will not be able to help you remove or lift items from your vehicle (due to social distancing)
  • Don't take any items that can be recycled from your weekly kerbside collection except for clothes and shoes and large card (cardboard, cans, plastic bottles, plastic tubs and trays, glass, paper, food waste)
  • Continue to follow social distancing guidelines and maintain a 2m distance between yourself, staff and any other members of the public (anyone not adhering to the social distancing rules will be asked to leave - we will only remain open when it is safe to do so. If anyone acts in an irresponsible manner, we may have to close or change the way we work)

Vans and trailers

The permit system for vans and trailers is still in place (you will need one before you visit the recycling centre). Please visit our main recycling centre page for more information about vans, trailers and permits.

Vans over 5 metres cannot visit Bath recycling centre. If your van is over 5 metres, please visit Keynsham or book an appointment at Midsomer Norton instead. 


You can visit our recycling centres using a bicycle without a booking, but please be prepared to queue and socially distance. We encourage you to make full use of your kerbside collections before bringing items to our recycling centres on a bicycle, as they are still very busy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Book an appointment to visit the recycling centre

You can only book two appointments in a week (Monday to Sunday). We expect the demand for appointments to be high, so please be patient if you can't get a slot straight away. We're trying to ensure as many people as possible can safely visit the recycling centre.

When you book an appointment online you will need to enter the registration of the vehicle you will be bringing to the recycling centre. If you bring a different vehicle, we will turn you away. Once booked, you should receive a confirmation email of your appointment time - please bring this with you (if available).

Book an appointment online

Items for recycling

For a list of individual items and where to recycle them (including items for recycling centres), please see our recycling A-Z page.

What we do with your items

We collect items which can be reused for charities and sale days. We use the money made from sale days to fund and develop reuse and recycling activities at our recycling centres, to try to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.