Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC)

Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are now open, but only for essential visits and with strict social distancing measures in place to ensure visitor and staff safety. 

Any residents showing symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolating or shielding should not visit any recycling centre under any circumstances and should follow advice from Public Health England.

Only visit the site if you are unable to safely store waste at home, or are unable to dispose of the waste through alternative options including online bulky waste collections, garden waste services or your normal weekly collection.

Between 18th May and 7th June both sites are open everyday (Monday to Sunday)with extended opening hours from 7am – 6pm.These opening hours will be in place until 7 June.

Commercial type vehicles can only visit both sites between 11.30am and 5.00pm on Sunday 31 May and Sunday 7 June. Please see table on this page for details of the opening of the sites for different vehicles.

From 8 June both sites will return to their usual summer opening hours

9am to 5pm Monday to Friday - Leigh Marshes closed on Wednesdays, Stock Road closed on Thursdays

8am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday

Commercial type vehicles Sundays only 12pm to 4pm

Strict social distancing controls will be in place to keep all visitors and site staff safe. This will include restricting the number of vehicles allowed on site at any one time. Anyone seen to be ignoring these social distancing measures will be asked to leave the site immediately.

There are long traffic queues at times – particularly on Sundays - so please avoid visiting on this day if you can and only visit the sites if your household waste really needs to go to the recycling centre right now. If it could be stored safely away at home, please do so. To check vehicle queuing at each site see the live webcams on the Veolia website.

New site operating instructions will be in place at the sites, please familiarise yourself with them before you visit:  

  1. Keep vehicle windows closed. Please show ID (Driving Licence only) through a closed window. Only Southend-on-Sea residents can use this site.
  2. Only one person per vehicle (the driver) unless bringing in a bulky item requiring two people from the same household to carry it.
  3. For your safety vehicle and visitor numbers are restricted within the site. Please be patient until you are permitted to enter.
  4. Maintain social distancing (at least 2 metres) between yourself, site staff and other visitors at all times.
  5. Use the marked-out parking spaces only and marked-out waiting points in the site.
  6. Only one person on steps or gantry (platform) at any one time (or two from the same household/vehicle if depositing a bulky item). Please wait at the marked waiting points if the steps/gantry are being used.
  7. Staff cannot assist you in removing any items from your vehicle.
  8. Please do not try to deposit waste/recycling that can be collected at the kerbside (e.g. waste in black sacks or recycling in pink sacks) – use your normal weekly home collection.
  9. Please deposit your items quickly and exit the site – others will be waiting to be allowed on-site.
  10. Entry onto the site by foot is not permitted.

More information can be found on Veolia’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

Normal Opening Hours - Vehicle type and date allowed on site

June 2020 Monday 8 Tuesday 9 Wednesday 10 Thursday 11 Friday 12 Saturday 13 Sunday 14
Cars and other non-'commercial type' vehicles Allowed 9am to 5pm Allowed 9am to 5pm

Allowed 9am to 5pm

Leigh: Closed

Allowed 9am to 5pm

Stock Road: Closed

Allowed 9am to 5pm Allowed 9am to 5pm Allowed 8am to 5pm but avoid if you can*
Cars with trailers Allowed 9am to 5pm Allowed 9am to 5pm

Allowed 9am to 5pm

Leigh: Closed

Allowed 9am to 5pm

Stock Road: Closed

Allowed 9am to 5pm Allowed 9am to 5pm Allowed 8am to 5pm but avoid if you can*
Commercial Vehicles no trailers Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed Allowed 12pm to 4pm

*Sunday's are very busy, do not visit on a Sunday if you are able to visit the HWRCs on another day

Both sites allow residents to:

  • dispose of bulky items
  • recycle a wide range of household waste

You can find the best time to visit by looking at the webcam on Veolia’s website. Please wait for the page to load.

View our Re Use page for info on where you can dispose of good quality items.

Both sites have CCTV cameras and ANPR, which is Automatic Number Plate Recognition.
These are used to:

  • view the amount of visits by all vehicles
  • find illegal business waste
  • stop crime

Please note:

  • asbestos is not accepted at the HWRCs or in our kerbside collection services
    It has to be disposed of by a specialist contractor as it is hazardous waste that needs specialist collection and disposal
  • gas cylinders and tyres cannot be accepted at either HWRC

See the Veolia website for more info about the HWRCs

HWRC Locations

Stock Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 5QF

  Opening Days Opening Times
1st February to 31st October

Weekdays (closed Thursday)

Weekends

9am to 5pm

8am to 5pm

1st November to 31st January

Weekdays (closed Thursday)

Weekends

9am to 4pm

8am to 4pm

  • open from 9am on Bank Holidays,
  • closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

Leigh Marshes, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2ET

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  Opening Days Opening Times
1st February to 31st October

Weekdays (closed Wednesday)

Weekends

9am to 5pm

8am to 5pm

1st November to 31st January

Weekdays (closed Wednesday)

Weekends

9am to 4pm

8am to 4pm

  • open from 9am on Bank Holidays,
  • closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

Page last updated: 04/06/2020