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

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

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. Find more information on the reopening of our Waste and recycling sites.

Only cars will be allowed on site, with no trailers, vans or camper vans being given access. Pedestrians - those on foot and not in a car - will not be allowed to enter the site.

At busy times, we will close the queues an hour before the site closing times to manage physical distancing, so please get there early.

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 temporary opening hours will be:

Hove: Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm; Saturday 8.30am - 1.30pm; Sunday 10.30am - 1.30 pm. The site is closed on Bank Holidays.

Brighton recycling site

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

The temporary opening hours will be:

Brighton: Monday - Sunday and Bank Holidays 10am – 4pm.

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
Textiles  Microwaves Paint
Mattresses Energy saving light bulbs  
Household batteries Fluorescent tube light bulbs  
Cartons and Tetrapaks Car batteries  
  Other small electrical items  


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.