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Bath recycling centre

Recycling centre updates

From 4 March 2024, anyone visiting a recycling centre to dispose of bags of general waste may be required to sort the bag on site to ensure all recyclable materials are removed and placed in the correct containers.

From 4 March 2024 there will be new limits on the amount of building materials (soil, rubble, ceramics, and plasterboard) that you can bring to our recycling centres. You can bring two 50-litre bags, or one bulky item (e.g. bathtub / basin / toilet), each time you visit, with maximum of four visits in a 4 week period.

Public engagement

We are preparing plans for a new waste and recycling centre for residents in Bath to replace the Midland Road site which is being redeveloped for housing.

You can visit the public engagement website to view and comment on the emerging plans.

WarningYou must book an appointment online before you visit this recycling centre, or you will be turned away.

Midland Road, Bath, BA1 3AT

(Off Upper Bristol Road.)

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
Warning Last entry to the site is 15 minutes before closing time. Please don't arrive after this or you will be turned away.

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

Before you arrive

To use the recycling centre you must be a Bath and North East Somerset resident.

Before you arrive:

  • Check travel times and any restrictions which may affect your journey
  • Check you have a valid permit if your vehicle requires one
  • 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

There is no pedestrian access at this recycling centre.

Vans, trailers and bicycles

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 permits, charges and regulations for more details.

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


You can visit our recycling centres using a bicycle without a booking, but please be prepared to queue. We encourage you to make full use of your kerbside collections before bringing items to our recycling centres on a bicycle.

Book an appointment to visit the recycling centre

You can only book four appointments per week (Monday to Sunday).

You will need to provide the registration of the vehicle you will be bringing to the recycling centre. If you bring a different vehicle, we will turn you away.

Please also bring a confirmation email of your appointment time.

Book an appointment online

Potentially dangerous materials

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.

Bringing building materials to the recycling centre

Please remove taps, handles, toilet seats, and other non-ceramic items from sinks and toilets. These items are recycled separately from ceramics, removing them helps ensure all items are recycled correctly and reduces contamination. If you are unable to remove these items, when on site please place items in the general waste container for bulky waste only. Our Team on site can help direct you to the correct container.

Please note that there is a limit for building waste (soil, rubble, ceramics and plasterboard) at our household recycling centres of two 50 litre bags, or one bulky item, per week with a maximum of four visits in a 4 week period. If you have more than this, we recommend finding a licensed private contractor to remove your waste.

Bringing upholstered seating furniture to the recycling centre

Most upholstered seating contains flame retardant chemicals. These improve fire safety at home, but can be very damaging to our environment, if they reach drains, rivers or other watercourses. The government has introduced guidance, stating that we must keep this sort of furniture separate from other recycling materials on our sites. If you bring items like this to the site, please check with our staff about where to place them, so that we can process them safely.

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.