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Recycling banks and centres

Household waste recycling centres

You can take household waste to one of Gloucestershire County Council's recycling centres available for Forest of Dean residents. They are free to use but require advance booking and all are for household waste only.

Car bookings

You will need to book an appointment here before visiting and select a time slot. 

Van, pick up and trailer bookings

You will need to book a different appointment if you are using a van, pick up or trailer (over 6ft x 4ft). This is to stop the centres being used for trade waste.

What you can and cannot take

For details of opening hours and what you can and cannot take as well as how to recycle paint, chemicals, tyres and gas cylinders visit the Gloucestershire Recycles website.

If you need to dispose of small amounts of asbestos you will need to order bags from Gloucestershire County Council before bringing it to the recycling centre. For large amounts you should employ a licensed asbestos contractor.

Centre locations

The Oak Quarry Recycling Centre is near Coleford and open every day except Tuesday. For details on what you can take there and opening times visit the Gloucestershire Recycles website. You can also use Hempsted Recycling Centre, which is near Gloucester Docks. Hempsted is closed every Thursday.

All Household Waste Recycling Centres are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Recycling banks

We currently have 28 recycling banks across the district for household recycling only. It is illegal for businesses or trade to use these.

Find my nearest recycling bank

You can download the Recycling Sites leaflet for a full list of the sites and what you can take there.

Please note that the site at Soudley Village Hall is no longer available.

Separate foil banks are no longer in use. Please recycle clean foil in the recycling bank used for metal drinks cans, food tins and empty aerosols.

The recycling banks are emptied on a schedule depending on how much the site gets used. If the recycling banks are full when you visit them please contact us on 01594 810000.  

If you leave recycling or other waste lying around the banks this is classified as fly-tipping. Fly-tipping of commercial or household waste is illegal and offenders will be prosecuted.