COVID-19: Changes to Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS)

We have reopened our Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) in Brighton & Hove

Strict traffic measures are in force with people driving to the sites only being allowed to queue on the smaller access roads leading to the tips, and not the major approach roads. 

Further restrictions

  • Vans with a gross vehicle weight of 3.5 tonnes and above, Luton vans and vehicles with flatbed, tipper or dropside style bodies continue to be banned from using our recycling sites.
  • Pedestrians can access Hove HWRS during normal opening hours.
  • Pedestrians cannot access Brighton HWRS at any time due to the absence of a safe walking route into the site.
  • Bicycles and cargo bikes can enter sites at any time, but must queue along with cars and vans in the main queuing lane. 
  • Bicycles and cargo bikes must not overtake customers in front of them due to safety issues. Site staff will then direct the customer to a safe location to unload. 

Find out more about the temporary restrictions in place.

At busy times, we will close the queues an hour before the site closing times to manage physical distancing. Once closed, the queue will not be reopened under any circumstances, so please get there early.

We are monitoring traffic and our ability to manage the sites safely while maintaining physical distancing and are keeping opening times under review in light of this.

Where to find our recycling sites

Hove recycling site

We have a recycling site in Hove, off Old Shoreham Road, BN3 7AE, between Aldrington Avenue and Leighton Road.

The opening hours are:

  • Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30pm
  • Saturday 8.30am to 1.30pm
  • Sunday 10.30am to 1.30 pm
  • closed on bank holidays

Brighton recycling site

We also have a recycling site in Brighton, off Wilson Avenue, BN2 5PA.

The opening hours are:

  • Monday to Friday 8am to 4:30pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm
  • bank holidays 9am to 5pm

Household waste you can take

Check what you can take to the recycling sites, or tips in the table below.

Recycling and household items Electrical items DIY and garden waste
Paper TVs General garden waste
Glass Monitors Timber
Cans Mobile phones MDF/wood composites
Cardboard Hairdryers Scrap metal
Plastic bottles Washing machines Engine oil
Vegetables oil Dishwashers Plasterboard - 4 sheets removed
CDs and DVDs Fridges Hardcore, rubble, ceramics and soil - 6 small rubble bags a month. A rubble bag should measure about 60cm by 100cm or 26 inches by 44 inches
Books Freezers Household hazardous chemicals – must be in a secure container
Mattresses Microwaves Paint
Household batteries Energy saving light bulbs  
Cartons and Tetrapaks Fluorescent tube light bulbs  
  Car batteries  
  Other small electrical items  

Asbestos

You can take 4 bags of bonded asbestos to our Hove recycling site, which must be wrapped thoroughly and twice in plastic. You must bring two pieces of ID, one photo and one proving you live in the city. We don't accept it at our Brighton site.

Bonded asbestos is often grey and looks like cement. It can be in items like corrugated roofing sheets, guttering and pipes. If you're in any doubt, have the material checked by an asbestos expert.

Wear goggles, a face mask and gloves when handling bonded asbestos. Do not break it into small pieces, cut or saw it. If you've smaller piece, dampen them with water.

Read the health and safety executive asbestos guidance.

What you can't take to recycling sites

We don’t accept builder's waste from work done by a trader or commercial building company, even if it's from a residential home. They should dispose of waste themselves or use a registered waste company.

We don't take any waste from a business or trade.

Find out what other potentially harmful waste we cannot take or collect.

Contact our recycling sites

You can call Veolia South Downs on 08453 550 550, who manage our recycling sites.

More information

Find out how to recycle other household items in our A to Z guide to recycling.