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Recycling

Recycling centres

  • Coronavirus update

    We have temporary arrangements in place to protect your and our staff's health and safety, and to facilitate social distancing in line with current public health advice. 

    • You may be asked to provide proof of address as the sites will only be open for people living in the Belfast City Council area. Examples of proof of address we will accept include your driving licence, a utility bill (gas, electricity, broadband supplier), or a bank statement.
    • There may be some queues and delays, so please co-operate with any traffic arrangements in place and the instructions from staff to allow vehicles to enter and exit our sites safely.
    • 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.
    • The number of vehicles on site at any one time will be restricted. 
    • Pedestrian access is temporarily suspended for health and safety reasons and to allow staff to control the number of visitors at each site.
    • You will be responsible for unloading your own waste to maintain social distancing from staff. If you need help with a bulky item, we suggest that you bring a passenger.
    • If you are self-isolating or have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) you should not visit a recycling centre or civic amenity site.
    • Please show respect for our staff at all times. We have a zero tolerance policy on work related violence.
  • Opening hours

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

    Palmerston Road Recycling Centre will be closed temporarily on Wednesday 6 October from 9am to 2.30pm to facilitate essential maintenance at the site.

    Day Opening time Last entry Closing time
     Monday 9am 5.15pm 5.30pm
     Tuesday 9am 5.15pm 5.30pm
     Wednesday 9am 7.45pm 8pm
     Thursday 9am 5.15pm 5.30pm
     Friday 9am 5.15pm 5.30pm
     Saturday 9am 4.45pm 5pm
     Sunday 12pm 4.45pm 5pm

    Last admission is 15 minutes before closing time.

  • 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?

    Please sort any recyclable waste before bringing it to recycling centres and 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 CDs and books (for reuse) Chemicals and pesticides
    Cooking oil Engine oil Electrical goods (small)
    Fire extinguishers Fluorescent tubes Garden waste
    Gas bottles Glass bottles and jars Hard plastics
    Ink cartridges Mattresses Mobile phones
    Oil tanks*  Paints and varnishes Paper
    Plasterboard Plastic bottles Scrap metal
    Spectacles Textiles Timber
    Tools TVs and monitors Tyres (maximum of two per visit)
    Walking aids White goods (inc.fridges)

    *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 usually sent for refurbishment or repair by community organisations, then sold by community organisations or charity shops.

  • 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. 

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