Recycling centres

We have two recycling centres (known as tips) in Brighton & Hove for residents' use. These are managed by Veolia Environmental Services in partnership with the council.

 Opening times over Christmas and New Year:

  • Christmas Eve - open until 1pm
  • Christmas Day and Boxing Day - closed
  • Thursday 27 December to Sunday 30 December - open normal hours
  • New Years’ Eve - open until 1pm
  • New Year's Day - closed
  • Wednesday 2 January - reopening as normal

You can recycle over 30 materials at the recycling centres 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.

We don't accept business, commercial or trade waste at recycling centres. Find out more about business recycling and waste.

Hove recycling centre

small map showing the Hove Recycling CentreThe Hove recycling centre is the larger of our two centres and includes a YMCA store which sells second hand items in good condition for charity.

Opening times

  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 4.30pm
  • Saturday: 8.30am to 1.30pm
  • Sunday: 10.30am to 1.30pm
  • Bank holidays: closed


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

Public transport

You can take bus numbers 2B, 5, 5A, 56 and 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.

Brighton recycling centre

small map showing the Brighton Recycling CentreYou 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.

Opening times

  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 4.30pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 5pm
  • Bank holidays: 9am to 5pm


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 and 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.

Vehicle access

You must 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 for someone else as a personal favour, that person has to come with you and also bring the above identification.

If you have hired a removals van or a similar service you cannot use these sites. You will need to deal with your waste privately.


Vehicles over 3.5 tonnes will not be allowed onsite at either centre.

There is a height restriction of 6 feet 1 inch.

No trailers will be accepted at the Brighton centre, and Hove will only accept single axis trailers up to 4 feet long.

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

The staff at the centres may refuse entry if:

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

If you have any questions then please contact the rubbish and recycling team.

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.

Staff reserve 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.

Find out more on our business rubbish and recycling page.

Contact us and more information

Veolia logo

You can call Veolia South Downs directly on 08453 550 550

You can also contact the rubbish and recycling team.

Please read our Household waste recycling sites joint enforcement policy (PDF 417KB)