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We have three Recycling Centres offering recycling and waste disposal services for local residents. Our Recycling Centres are only open to Bath and North East Somerset residents for disposal of household waste.

Now that over 75% of the items we accept can be recycled, we stopped calling them the 'tip' or the 'dump' because much less waste gets sent to landfill.

If you need to get rid of household items which are too good to tip, please see a member of site staff. We collect items for reuse for charities and sale days, the income generated is used to fund and further develop reuse and recycling activities at the sites to ensure we divert as much waste from landfill.


  • Bath; Midland Road (off Upper Bristol Road), Bath, BA1 3AT; Google Map
  • Keynsham; Pixash Lane (off main A4 Bath Road), Keynsham, BS31 1TP; Google Map
  • Midsomer Norton; Old Welton, Wheelers Hill (off Radstock Road A362), Midsomer Norton, BA3 2AA.  Google Map 

Opening times

Weekend opening times all year round

  • Saturday 9am-3.45pm
  • Sunday 9am-1pm

Weekday opening times

  • Monday - Friday 8am - 4.15pm

Bank holidays

Closed on Christmas Day (25 December), Boxing Day (26 December) and New Year's Day (I January).

Other bank holidays -  open - 8am - 3.45pm

To avoid long queues, please try to use the site during weekdays.  At weekends and bank holidays the sites are quieter before 10am.

Permit requirements

Our Recycling Centres are provided for residents of Bath and North East Somerset only. You need to show proof of residency. Please bring a form of identification that shows your name and address to prove you are a Bath and North East Somerset resident, such as your driving licence, Discovery card,Council Tax bill or a recent utility bill. Please be prepared to show this every time you visit.  Our staff will have to turn you away if you cannot show valid identification. 

Van Permits

We operate apermit scheme for residents who wish to use a van or trailer to dipose of their own household waste when they have an approved Van Permit.  We will monitor this, and if you attempt to dispose of business waste, we will cancel your permit. Without a permit you will be refused entry to the sites.

This system is in place at all 3 of our Recycling Centres.

You need to apply for a free Van Permit if you wish to bring a van, small lorry or trailer over 1.8m - 2.4m long or certain other vehicles to our Recycling Centres. 

Large trailers over 2.4m are not permitted at any time. You  will need to re-apply for a Permit each time you have a new Vehicle.

Vans, trailers and other vehicles (that require a permit) are only allowed to use the recycling centres (Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton) on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.


Business waste

Any waste that comes from a commercial activity is business waste. If you use part of your home to run your business then any waste from that part is business waste. For further information, please visit

Materials we take for recycling, re-use, composting or rubbish

Please separate your materials and put in the appropriate containers for recycling, composting or re-use when you visit.

All materials with a * symbol can also be put out for recycling in your weekly collections.




Cement bonded asbestos only - maximum of 3 unbroken sheets, drainpipe/guttering (max size 6ft x 3ft) double wrapped and sealed.  You must call Council Connect 24 hours in advance to book your visit on 01225 39 40 41.


All types including hearing aid batteries.


Those in good condition with large wheels and upright handlebars can be reused, otherwise please place in the metal container.


Re-usable books for charity. 


Small household items such as ornaments, lampshades, crockery, cutlery, pictures, toys and games in good condition for re-use. Please contact a site attendant on arrival.

Car batteries*

Please give to site staff.  Take care when handling.


Including brown paper. Please flatten cardboard and take off any plastic.

You can bring food and drinks cartons to our Recycling Centres or to the recycling bank at Morrisons supermarket car park, London Road, Bath.


CDs and DVDs

Original recordings in good condition for resale (Keynsham Recycling Centre only). Please put in charity book container.

Cooking oil

Empty into our container and please recycle your plastic bottle. Small amounts of old cooking oil can be soaked into any newspaper or kitchen roll used to wrap your food waste and put in your caddy for your weekly food waste recycling collection.

Electrical items*

Any item that uses a plug or battery, large or small. You can recycle your small electricals from home as part of our green box recycling collection service. You still need to take large items to your Recycling Centre - please keep fridges, freezers, washing machines and the bulkier CRT type TVs and computer monitors separate.

Fluorescent tubes and low energy light bulbs

These must be kept separate and unbroken. Fluorescent tubes up to 8ft long can be accepted at Keynsham and Midsomer Norton but Bath can only accept up to 6ft long tubes.


Please rinse. No plastic or paper backed foil such as crisp packets. Real foil will stay scrunched when you squash it.

Food waste*

You can now use everyday household plastic bags for your food recycling but you can also continue to use compostable liners, newspaper and paper bags to line your kitchen caddy. Please place in the food waste container.

Food and drink cans and aerosols*

Please rinse. Aerosols must be empty and lids removed.

Food & drinks cartons*

You can recycle them from home with cardboard in your blue bag. Please rinse and flatten.

You can also bring them to our Recycling Centres or the recycling bank at Morrisons supermarket car park, London Road, Bath.


Fridges and freezers

Any condition for recycling. Please see site staff.


Sometimes we are able to set aside items in good condition for re-use for our Furniture Sales but due to lack of venue space we have none planned at present.  Please check with site staff.

Garden waste

Most plant material from grass cuttings to branches. No soil, plastic bags, garden pots or Japanese Knotweed please. No kitchen food waste (please use your food recycling collection for this).

Gas bottles

Empty bottles only. Please see site staff.

Glass bottles and jars*

Please rinse and take off lids. We can't take any other types of glass for recycling such as drinks glasses, window glass and broken glass - you must put these in the household waste container for landfill.

Greetings cards*

Please place in paper container. Can also be recycled from home in your green box.

Household and garden chemicals

Please bring in original secure containers where possible.  Please see site staff.

Mobile phones*

Include batteries and charger if possible.


Some paint may be hazardous. Please see site staff.


Most types except brown (but this can be put in the cardboard bin). We can also accept Yellow Pages and telephone directories. 


Plaster and gypsum materials only. Please remove all studwork, tiles etc.

Plastic household packaging*

Solid plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays used to contain food and drink. We can't take any black plastic, plastic bags, film or polystyrene.

Printer cartridges*

With or without original packaging.


If you bring your waste in bin bags or other containers you may be asked to show the contents to site staff so that we make sure we recycle as much as we can.

Rubble and Soil

Bricks, concrete, ceramics, loose soil (no turf or plastic). Limit of 6 black bags per week.  See DIY Waste Limits.

Scrap Metal

Any item with a reasonable metal content.


Please tie together in pairs and put in bag to keep dry.


Unbroken for re-use.


Please put clean clothes, sheets, towels in a bag to keep dry for reuse. We can't take duvets, sleeping bags and pillows - these have to go in the landfill skip (or you may be able to donate them to local animal charity homes to use for pet bedding).

TVs and computer monitors

Any condition. Please take flat screens to the electrical items container.


Whole tyres only, maximum 4 per household.

Used engine oil*

Please put filters in a plastic bag. Please see site staff.

Wood and timber

Any quality wood but no fabric or glass attached. If unsure please see site staff.

Keynsham re-use sale 2019

We’re collecting now, so when you next visit our Recycling Centres at Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton where we have space for donations, please donate any items you think would still be useful to someone else.   Please see the site staff so they can set your donations aside.

To view the list of items we collect for our re-use sales, please click here.

We accept cash or cards for sales of £5 and over - all items bought at the sale must be taken away during sale times. 

Keynsham re-use sale September 21 2019


Future dates

Saturday 21 September 2019

Saturday 23 November 2019

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