Recycling centres

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We have two recycling centres within Brighton & Hove for residents' use. These are managed by Veolia Environmental Services in partnership with the council. From these two centres you can recycle over 30 materials which are sent for reuse, recycling or safe disposal. If you cannot get to the household waste sites you can organise a bulky waste collection.

No business, commercial or trade waste is accepted at these centres.

Hove recycling centre

The Hove tip is the larger of our two recycling centres and includes a YMCA store which sells second hand items in good condition for charity. 

small map showing the Hove Recycling Centre

Location

Off Old Shoreham Road, Hove, BN3 7AE, between Aldrington Avenue and Leighton Road.

Public transport

You can take bus numbers 2B, 5, 5A, 56 & 59 to and from Aldrington Avenue, which is by the Hove Recycling Centre. Please check with the bus company before travelling with any large or flammable items.

Opening times

 

Monday - Friday

8am - 4.30pm

Saturday

8.30am - 1.30pm

 Sunday

10.30am - 1.30pm

Bank holidays

Closed

 

Brighton recycling centre

You can recycle over 20 materials here. Due to the size of the centre vans must park by the barrier and use trolleys to wheel in waste. This centre is not able to handle trucks and trailers. Please see our vehicle access information below for more details.

Please also be aware that we are upgrading and improving the site so there may be slightly longer queues or delays. 

small map showing the Brighton Recycling Centre

Location

Off Wilson Avenue, Brighton, BN2 5PA, about half way up Wilson Avenue, on the eastern side.

Public transport

You can take bus numbers 21, 72 & 84 to and from Vines Cross Road, which is by the Brighton Recycling Centre. Please check with the bus company before travelling with any large or flammable items.

Opening times

Monday - Friday

8am - 4.30pm

Saturday & Sunday

9am - 5pm

Bank Holidays

9am - 5pm

Vehicle access

You must ensure that you bring two forms of identification, these include:

  • your council bill or a utility bill to prove that you are a Brighton & Hove resident
  • photo identification, such as a driver’s licence or passport
  • if you are using a hire van then we also require the rental agreement

If you are bringing waste to the centres on behalf of another person as a personal favour, the person whose waste it belongs to must attend along with the driver and also bring the forms of identification as listed above.

Please note, if you have hired a 'man with a van', a removals van or a similar type of service you cannot attend either of the sites. You will need to deal with your waste privately.

Restrictions

East Sussex County Council and Veolia Environmental Services have provided this helpful info sheet which shows what vehicles are allowed on site.

There is a height restriction of 5ft 9 inches. No trailers will be accepted at the Brighton centre, and Hove will only accept single axis trailers up to 4 feet long.

Please note that the staff at the centres reserve the right to refuse entry based on the following circumstances -

  • If you fail to produce two forms of identification
  • If you bring renovation or demolition waste that is over the monthly limits permitted at the centres
  • If they believe that your waste is from a non domestic source

If you have any queries with the above information then please contact us.

What you can take

Safety First

For your own safety, please make sure that the waste you are taking to the recycling centres is manageable and that you are able to unload it safely. Heavy waste such as rubble and containers such as Hippo bags can cause problems on site. The staff are not required to help with excessively heavy or awkward waste due to health and safety so please do your best to make sure your load is manageable.

General Household Recycling

Material

 Brighton 

  Hove  

Special Information

paper

Yes

Yes

 

glass

Yes

Yes

 

cans

Yes

Yes

 

cardboard

Yes

Yes

 

plastic bottles

Yes

Yes

 

Other Household Recycling

Material

Brighton

Hove

Special Information

vegetable oil

Yes

Yes

 

CDs and DVDs

Yes

Yes

Reused for charity if taken to the Hove site

Books

Yes

Yes

Reused for charity if taken to the Hove site

textiles e.g. clothes

Yes

Yes

 

Mattresses

Yes

Yes

 

Fire extinguishers

 

Yes

Only small household fire extinguishers.

No commercial / business fire extinguishers. These should be returned to where you bought it from.

toys

Yes

Yes

Reused for charity if taken to the Hove site

Electrical Recycling

Material

Brighton

Hove

Special Information

TV / monitors

Yes

Yes

 

Small electrical Items

(e.g. mobile phones, hair dryers)

Yes

Yes

Guide Dogs for the Blind will receive a donation for every mobile phone collected.

Once we have collected 1500 phones they will be able to buy a new guide dog puppy.

Large electrical items e.g. washing machines, dishwashers

Yes

Yes

 

Fridges / Freezers

Yes

Yes

 

household batteries

Yes

Yes

 

car batteries

Yes

Yes

 

Energy Saving light bulbs / fluorescent tubes

Yes

Yes

 

Garage, Garden and DIY waste

Material

Brighton

Hove

Special Information

tyres

 

Yes

2 maximum per household per month

gas bottles

 

Yes

 

asbestos

 

Yes

We can accept up to four sheets or six small builder’s bags of plasterboard asbestos per household per month. Asbestos can only be taken to the Hove centre and must be wrapped in two layers of plastic.

If you are planning on visiting a centre with asbestos you must ensure that you bring two forms of identification to prove you live in the city including one form of photo ID.

Bonded asbestos is often grey in colour and looks similar to cement - if you are in any doubt please have the material checked. When handling bonded asbestos it is recommended that you wear goggles, a face mask and gloves.  Do not break the asbestos into smaller pieces or cut / saw it.  If you have any smaller pieces please make sure you dampen them down with water.

For more information go to the health and safety executive asbestos page.

engine oil

Yes

Yes

 

plasterboard

Yes

Yes

Only 4 sheets or 6 small builder's bags per household, per month.

timber

Yes

Yes

 

MDF / wood composites

Yes

Yes

 

hardcore, rubble, ceramics

and soil

Yes

Yes

Only 6 small builder's bags per household per month for small DIY projects at home. Any larger amounts should be disposed of through a licensed waste contractor or skip company as hardcore, rubble, ceramics and soil are not classified as general household waste.

scrap metal

Yes

Yes

 

garden waste

Yes

Yes

Composted and turned into soil conditioner for sale. Please remove plastic bags, string and other bindings

Ragwort (poisonous weed)

 

 

Must be double-bagged and put in the general waste sectionnot in the green waste section.

Ragwort is harmful to animals. When handling it you should wear gardening gloves and a mask.

If cutting the plant ensure the heads are removed first and bagged immediately to avoid spilling any seeds.

paint

Yes

Yes

Can be reused for community and charity projects 

Household hazardous chemicals

Yes

Yes

Must be in a secure container. We do not accept industrial chemicals.

General Waste

Please ensure all material that can be reused or recycled is removed from anything being placed in the general waste. If you are unsure please ask a member of staff.

Still have an enquiry? You can call Veolia South Downs directly on 08453 550 550

What you can't bring

Fireworks

Please note that you cannot take unused fireworks to the recycling centres. Unused fireworks should be returned to where you brought them from.

Used fireworks are safe to dispose of in with your normal refuse but we would advise you to soak them in water overnight to ensure there is no chance of them re-igniting.

Petrol and Diesel

Please note that you cannot take petrol and diesel to the recycling centres. Petrol and diesel should be taken to a garage for reuse or disposal.

Japanese knotweed

This weed cannot be taken to either of the recycling centres under any circumstances.

Disposal requires a professional specialist due to the extremely aggressive nature of the weed. For more information on the disposal of this weed please visit the Environment Agency’s Japanese knotweed page.

Business waste

The recycling centres are only for household waste from city residents. Business waste will not be accepted.

Business waste is any waste from commercial, trade or business activities. This includes any waste from domestic properties used for profit (for example landlords taking waste from a rented property) and waste that is being removed for payment.

Our disposing of business waste yourself section gives more information about what to do with business waste.

Staff reserves the right to inspect any waste entering the recycling centres. If they suspect the waste is business waste you may be turned away. We then may arrange a visit to your property from an enforcement officer.

Charity and community re-use schemes

The YMCA re-use shop at Hove recycling centre

Fridges, freezers and other large electrical appliances

Both centres recycle fridges and freezers. Some of those taken to the Hove centre will be tested by the YMCA. These may then be reconditioned and sold by their shop to raise money for charity.

Furniture and bric-a-brac

Furniture or bric-a-brac items in good condition, taken to the Hove site, may be sold on by the YMCA shop to raise money for charity. Please ask a member of staff on site for advice.

Find out more about the Sussex Central YMCA

Community re-paint scheme

The Hove centre accepts some paints for reuse through the community paint reuse scheme providing it is in a secure container. Please ask a member of staff on site for advice.

Mobile phone recycling in association with guide dogs for the blind

Mobile phones can now be taken to either the Brighton or Hove site and Guide Dogs for the Blind will receive a donation for every phone collected. Once we have collected 1500 phones they will be able to buy a new guide dog puppy.

 

 

For more information on materials and access please read the recycling centre acceptance policy [PDF 51kb]

Please read our Household Waste Recycling Sites joint enforcement policy (PDF 285kb )

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