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Recycling

Recycling centres

  • Advice when using our recycling centres

    • Please separate your waste and recycling before you arrive at the recycling centre, to reduce any delays on site.
    • Cars, including cars with single axle trailers under 1.8 metres long, can visit sites without booking.
    • Vans and light goods vehicles are allowed to bring domestic waste, but must book before visiting a recycling centre. Please read our information and check if you need to book a slot for your vehicle.
    • Pedestrian access is not permitted at Alexandra Park recycling centre for health and safety reasons.
    • Please show respect for our staff at all times. We have a zero-tolerance policy on work-related violence.
    • In the event of any queues or delays, please co-operate with any traffic arrangements in place and the instructions from staff to allow vehicles to enter and exit our sites safely.
  • Opening hours

    We have four centres you can use for recycling household waste. Our recycling centre are free to use.

    Day Opening time Last entry Closing time
     Monday 8.30am 5.15pm 5.30pm
     Tuesday 8.30am 5.15pm 5.30pm
     Wednesday 8.30am 5.15pm 5.30pm
     Thursday 8.30am 5.15pm 5.30pm
     Friday 8.30am 5.15pm 5.30pm
     Saturday 9am 4.45pm 5pm
     Sunday 12 noon 4.45pm 5pm
  • Locations

    Recycling centre  Address 
    Alexandra Park Avenue 180 Alexandra Park Avenue,
    BT15 3GJ

    Blackstaff Way

    1 Blackstaff Way,
    BT11 9DT

    Ormeau

    6 Park Road,
    BT7 2FX

    Palmerston Road

    2 - 4 Palmerston Road,
    BT4 1QA

  • What can I bring to the recycling centre?

    You should sort any recyclable waste before bringing it to recycling centres. Please note that we cannot accept commercial waste.

    What can I bring to the recycling centre?
    Aerosols Aluminium foil (clean) Batteries (household and car)
    Beverage cartons Camping gas bottles Cans (steel and aluminium)
    Cardboard Carpet CDs and books (for reuse)
    Christmas trees Cooking oil Engine oil
    Electrical goods (small) Fire extinguishers Fluorescent tubes
    Garden waste Gas bottles Glass bottles and jars
    Hard plastics Household chemicals and pesticides (in original container, if possible) Household rubble, maximum quantity allowed is two 25kg bags
    Ink cartridges Mattresses Mobile phones
    Oil tanks* Paints, varnish and white spirit Paper
    Plasterboard Plastic bottles Scrap metal
    Spectacles Textiles Timber
    Tools TVs and monitors Tyres (maximum of two per visit)
    Walking aids White goods (including fridges)  

    Rubble

    Our recycling centres don't accept rubble from construction, building or demolition sites.

    Domestic oil tanks

    *If disposing of an oil tank, you must follow this guidance from the NIEA.

    There may be restrictions on the amount of items or materials we can accept. If you have a large amount of a particular type of waste to recycle, please contact us before travelling to the centre or ask a member of site staff. 

    Re-use containers

    Our re-use containers are open, but we are only able to accept a limited number of items including furniture and bicycles. Any items that you put in the re-use containers should be in a useable condition.

    If you have other items including good quality furnishings, soft toys, games, or other bric-a-brac that you would like to dispose of, we advise you to donate these to local charity shops.

    Items that are put into our re-use containers are sent to community organisations and charities for refurbishment or repair. They are then sold in charity shops. The containers are not open to the public to take items for themselves.

  • Disabled access

    All our recycling centres have a split-level design, making it easy for people to dispose of most types of waste without having to use steps. 

  • Carpet recycling

    Our four main recycling centres now have a dedicated carpet recycling skip.

    The recycled material is collected, checked, weighed and baled for use in the equestrian sector for surfacing and animal bedding. It will also be used as acoustic insulation for buildings.

    You can put these items into the carpet recycling skip:

    • carpet
    • mats
    • rugs
    • carpet tiles

    You can't put these items into the carpet recycling skip:

    • anything rubber backed
    • underlay
    • gripper rods or batons
    • nails or tacs
    • wet or dirty carpet, mats or rugs. All items must be dry.
    • wood
    • metal

    We do not accept these items because they can contaminate the skips and impact the quality of our recycling.

  • Pre-loved toy appeal

    We’re running a pre-loved toy appeal at our four recycling centres in the run up to Christmas.You can donate pre-loved toys which we'll send to local charities across the city. They'll then be sold for a small price, or gifted to those most in need in the community. Read more about the toy appeal.

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