Recycling centre

Southampton Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC)

The Southampton recycling site is managed for the council by Veolia Environmental Services

Open 7 days a week (closed 12.30-1pm), except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day when the site is closed.

  • 9am to 5pm 1 March to 31 March
  • 9am to 6pm 1 April to 30 September
  • 9am to 4pm 1 October to 28 February

Please note: the booking system has been removed for a six month trial period at the Southampton site, with effect from 27 December 2021. Visitors to the site are encouraged to give us feedback during this trial period and can email

The address for the Southampton recycling centre is City Depot and Recycling Park, First Avenue, Southampton SO15 0LJ

Cars and 4 x 4 are permitted but you need to check height and weight restrictions of other vehicles via our vehicle access to the recycling centre page.

There is a charge for disposing of some types of DIY waste. We are currently only able to take card payments.

You can find out more information and charges for DIY waste on our dedicated page.

Many of the country's HWRC's will offer small commercial businesses a 'pay by the load' quick and convenient recycling and waste disposal. You can find out more information on our trade waste page.

What can I take to the centre?

(There is no charge when taking the items listed below)

  • Cardboard (Paper, newspapers and magazines can be recycled in your kerbside collection service)
  • Metals
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Gas bottles
  • Garden waste
  • Furniture
  • Radiators and storage heaters (but not the bricks inside)
  • Wood and timber
  • Electrical items and fluorescent tubes
  • Paint
  • Clothes
  • Household and garden chemicals
  • Batteries, including car batteries
  • Fridges and freezers - appliances should be brought whole with no parts removed

More information can be found on the Hampshire County Council website.

What can't I take to the centre?

  • Ammunition, explosives and weapons
  • Asbestos
  • Chemicals and other toxic substances
  • Dead animals
  • Fireworks
  • Gas cylinders
  • Japanese knotweed
  • Landlord's waste
  • Pesticides
  • Petrol and diesel
  • Poisons
  • Syringes and medical waste
  • Trade or commercial waste

More detailed information on what can and can't be taken to the centre can be found on the Hampshire County Council website.

Other local recycling centres

See also