About Southampton Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC)
The Southampton recycling site is managed for the council by Veolia UK Ltd.
The HWRC (known by many as 'the tip' or 'the dump') is a site where you can take a wide range of items and materials to be recycled instead of throwing them away.
Most items can be taken to the Southampton HWRC for free. There is a charge for disposing of some types of waste and some items/materials can't be taken to the centre. See below for details.
Opening hours and visiting
The HWRC is open 7 days a week (closed 12.30-1pm), except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day when the site is closed. Appointments are not required to visit this HWRC.
- 9am to 5pm 1 March to 31 March
- 9am to 6pm 1 April to 30 September
- 9am to 4pm 1 October to 28 February
City Depot & Recycling Park,
Southampton SO15 0LJ
A 1.75m height restriction barrier will be in use Monday to Friday.
Access for cyclists and pedestrians
Cyclists are permitted to visit Southampton HWRC. Cyclists will be treated the same as other vehicles. They must:
- Join the queue and not overtake other vehicles
- Park, in turn, into a parking bay
- Comply with the Highway Code
While entering, queuing and exiting the HWRC, cyclists must not dismount their bicycles. High visibility clothing is recommended but not obligatory.
There is no pedestrian access at Southampton HWRC.
What can I take to the recycling centre? SHOW
There is no charge when taking the items listed below.
- Cardboard (Paper, newspapers and magazines can be recycled in your kerbside collection service)
- Glass bottles and jars
- Gas bottles
- Garden waste
- Radiators and storage heaters (but not the bricks inside)
- Wood and timber
- Electrical items and fluorescent tubes
- Household and garden chemicals
- Batteries, including car batteries
- Fridges and freezers - appliances should be brought whole with no parts removed
What can't I take to the recycling centre? SHOW
- Ammunition, explosives and weapons
- Chemicals and other toxic substances
- Dead animals
- Gas cylinders
- Japanese knotweed
- Landlord's waste
- Petrol and diesel
- Syringes and medical waste
- Trade or commercial waste
There are some specific rules for visiting the centre if you are driving larger vehicles or disposing of certain materials like construction waste.
Driving to the recycling centre SHOW
Cars and 4x4s are permitted but you need to check height and weight restrictions of other vehicles (see below).
Southampton residents will not need to register their vehicles to use the Southampton HWRC or the Portsmouth HWRC. However, vehicle registration is required for all other HWRCs in Hampshire, including the Netley site.
Vehicle height restrictions
A 1.75m height restriction barrier will be in use Monday to Friday. This is to prevent businesses from using commercial vehicles to dispose of business waste at the site. Contact our commercial waste service to get help. There are no height restrictions on Saturdays and Sundays.
Vehicles heavier than 3.5 tonnes and trailers longer than 3 meters are not permitted.
If you are disabled and have a special vehicle, please call 023 8078 4679 so we can arrange access during the week.
If you are using a commercial vehicle, or a trailer longer than 1.8m (6ft) to bring your items to the centre, you will need to have a permit to get access. To obtain a permit, please complete a permit application form or contact Hampshire County Council on 0300 555 1389.
Charges for soil, rubble, plasterboard and asbestos SHOW
Please note: only card payments are available at all household waste recycling centres
Payment should be made prior to depositing materials in skips.
Charges for soil, rubble, plasterboard and asbestos are as follows:
- Soil and rubble: £3.00 per part or whole standard rubble bag, and £3.00 per individual item (for example, sanitary units such as wash basin, pedestal, toilet bowl and cistern)
- Plasterboard: £6 per standard rubble bag or part bag, or £10 per sheet or part sheet, maximum size 3000 x 1200mm
- Cement-bonded asbestos: £12 per sheet or part sheet, maximum size 1200 x 600mm
Standard rubble bags are up to a maximum size of 535 x 820mm (when laid flat), filled so that the waste is contained and can be safely lifted.
We do acknowledge that some customers may have trouble lifting standard size bags and may use smaller bags or only partially filled bags. In these instances we request that staff make an estimate as to the equivalent number of standard size rubble bags the waste would fill and calculate charges accordingly. For example, three bags that are each one third full would be charged as one whole bag.
Site staff are available to help anyone who may have difficulty removing items from their vehicle.
Soil and rubble includes construction and demolition materials such as stone, rubble, clay, concrete, bricks, blocks, sand, tiles, paving slabs and ceramic bathroom suites. There are no charges for crockery or clay/terracotta flower pots.
Cement-bonded asbestos is only accepted at Netley, Andover, Basingstoke, Efford and Portsmouth HWRCs. Other types of asbestos are not accepted.
Recycling asbestos SHOW
Standard-sized cement-bonded asbestos sheets (approximately 120cm x 60cm) can be taken to one of five Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in Hampshire that are specially licensed to receive this type of hazardous waste. No other types of asbestos are accepted.
- Andover - 012 6435 3438
- Basingstoke - 012 5635 2984
- Efford - 015 9067 1874
- Netley - 023 8040 3960
- Portsmouth - 023 9238 7015
Please note: You must phone the HWRC in advance to pre-book acceptance or you may not be able to deposit your cement-bonded asbestos.
For health and safety reasons, all whole sheets should be wrapped securely in plastic sheeting and transported whole. Small or broken pieces should be double bagged and securely sealed. Avoid breaking the material where possible.
For guidance on safe handling, please visit the Health and Safety Executive website or contact them on 0300 003 1747.
Trade waste SHOW
Many of the country's Household Waste Recycling Centres will offer small commercial businesses a 'pay by the load' quick and convenient recycling and waste disposal.
Prices are shown below.
|Category||Vehicle Type||Cost (full load)|
|B||Small vans (car derived e.g. Astra Van/Escort Van)||£50|
|D||Medium vans 1-2 tonnes (e.g. Peugeot Boxer/Vauxhall Vivaro)||£120|
|E||Large van up to 3 tonnes (e.g. Transit)||£200|
|F||XL van up to 3.5 tonnes (e.g. Luton/Hightop)||£280|
|G||Small trailer (length up to 6ft)||£35|
|H||Medium trailer (length 6-8ft)||£50|
|I||Large trailer (length 8-10ft)||£80|
|-||Plasterboard||£10 per sheet|
For more information contact Veolia or call 020 3567 4440.
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