Recycling Centres and Community Recycling Sites
Somerset’s 18 recycling sites accept household waste for recycling or disposal, including bulky and hazardous items. There are sites open throughout the week and most are free to use for household waste.
The 18 sites, including 14 Recycling Centres and four Community Recycling Sites, are located throughout the county.
All Recycling Centres are free to enter, but there are £2 entry fees at the four Community Recycling Sites - Coleford, Crewkerne, Dulverton and Middlezoy – to help avoid their closure.
There is no charge at recycling sites for depositing household waste, but there are charges for four materials – soil, hardcore, gas bottles and tyres – not classed as household waste.
A range of alternatives are available to reuse, recycle or dispose of materials and avoid recycling site costs, such as returning gas bottles to suppliers or hiring skips.
All recycling sites are open 40 hours every week but close on two week days, and accept a wide range of materials, with special arrangements for hazardous waste, including asbestos.
Please sort your recyclables and refuse before visiting a recycling site and be prepared to assist staff if you are asked to open black sacks or other containers.
If you have a neighbour or relative who is unable to take their own household waste to a recycling site due to mobility or transport problems, you may, of course, take their materials to a site on their behalf, but this should be an unpaid service. If you are paid to transport waste, you need to have a waste carrier’s licence as a business and cannot use household waste services.
Please be aware that you may be asked to complete a household waste declaration form on site if you are transporting large quantities of material or if the site staff are concerned that you may be transporting commercial waste. If you have any doubts about whether you can use the sites please contact Somerset Waste Partnership on 01823 625700.
Visitors should be aware that all recycling sites have closed circuit television systems and automatic number plate recognition technology for safety and to deter crime.
Businesses are not permitted to use the household facilities at Recycling Centres or Community Recycling Sites in Somerset, and must make their own arrangements, such as the use of business recycling facilities.
When materials are deposited at recycling sites, they become the property of site contractor Viridor and are not available for reuse. Separated materials are sent for recycling. Waste that cannot be recycled is currently landfilled.