Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC)

Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) will reopen to the public from Monday 18 May, 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.

Both sites will be opened everyday (Monday to Sunday) from Monday 18 May to Sunday 31 May with extended opening hours from 7am – 6pm.

Commercial type vehicles can only visit both sites between 11.30am and 5.00pm on Sunday 24 May and Sunday 31 May. Trailers are only allowed into the sites from Monday 25 May. Please see table for details of the phased opening of the sites for different vehicles.

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 will be traffic management into the sites and because there are likely to be long traffic queues, please only visit the site 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. No ‘commercial type’ vehicles are permitted on site until Sunday 24 May 2020. Trailers are not permitted on site until Monday 25 May 2020.
  9. 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.
  10. Please deposit your items quickly and exit the site – others will be waiting to be allowed on-site.
  11. Entry onto the site by foot is not permitted.

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

Vehicle type and date allowed on site

May 2020 Monday 18 Tuesday 19 Wednesday 20 Thursday 21 Friday 22 Saturday 23 Sunday 24
Cars and other non-'commercial type' vehicles Allowed 7am to 6pm Allowed 7am to 6pm Allowed 7am to 6pm Allowed 7am to 6pm Allowed 7am to 6pm Allowed 7am to 6pm Allowed 7am to 6pm but avoid if possible*
Cars with trailers Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed
Commercial Vehicles no trailers Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed Allowed 11:30am to 5pm

Vehicle type and date allowed on site

May 2020 Monday 25 Tuesday 26 Wednesday 27 Thursday 28 Friday 29 Saturday 30 Sunday 31
Cars and other non-'commercial type' vehicles Allowed 7am to 6pm Allowed 7am to 6pm Allowed 7am to 6pm Allowed 7am to 6pm Allowed 7am to 6pm Allowed 7am to 6pm Allowed 7am to 6pm but avoid if possible*
Cars with trailers Allowed 7am to 6pm Allowed 7am to 6pm Allowed 7am to 6pm Allowed 7am to 6pm Allowed 7am to 6pm Allowed 7am to 6pm Allowed 7am to 6pm but avoid if possible*
Commercial Vehicles no trailers Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed Not allowed Allowed 11:30am to 5pm

*Sunday's are expected to be very busy so avoid visiting if you can.

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

 

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

Page last updated: 15/05/2020