Birmingham Recycling Centres
Recycling centre and rubbish tip information summary for Birmingham residents
Looking for info about your nearest Birmingham recycling centre and council rubbish tip? Look no further - this is the guide for you. It's got full details about each of the various Birmingham council rubbish tips, including a map of where they are, their address, opening hours, who can use them and which items are and are not accepted. As well as lots of your other questions answered.
Address & Opening hours of Birmingham's Recycling centres:
Sutton Coldfield: Norris Way, Sutton Coldfield, B75 7BB. For more info read our guide to Sutton Coldfield Recycling Centre
Tyseley: James Road, Tyseley, B11 2BA. For more info read our guide to Tyseley Recycling Centre
Kings Norton: Lifford Lane, Kings Norton, B30 3J
Castle Bromwich: Tameside Drive, Castle Bromwich, B35 7AG
Perry Barr: Holford Drive, Perry Barr, B42 2TU – this site is currently closed till Spring 2023 due to maintenance and redevelopment work.
Location Map of the Birmingham Recycling Centres
Opening Hours: when can you visit?
All Birmingham's Recycling Centres are open 7 days a week (except for Perry Barr which is closed for redevelopment until spring 2023). Be aware that operating hours change throughout the course of the year:
April - October: open Monday to Friday 8 am to 8 pm and Saturday to Sunday 8 am to 4:30 pm
November - March: open Monday to Friday 8 am to 6 pm and Saturday to Sunday 8 am to 4 pm
(The sites are Closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
Important information about Birmingham Recycling Centres:
Access is limited to those in vehicles. Unfortunately, there are no pedestrians allowed into the Birmingham Recycling Centres.
Bookings are required to use Birmingham’s tips
Make sure to come in the vehicle you registered when booking a slot.
Slots are 15 minutes, and you can book 3 days in advance up to 2 hours before your slot time. Birmingham residents can make two bookings at the same time (either for the same day or the same week). The sites are updated so new slots become available every day. However, if there aren’t any at a time that works, check other sites here.
You must bring proof of Birmingham residency on the day to enter any of the Birmingham Recycling Centres. Here is a list of what Birmingham tips accept as the only valid proof of address:
- Your driver's licences (physical copy only - photographs will not be accepted)
- Utility bills (digital or physical)
- Council tax bills (digital or physical)
Vehicle access and restrictions at the tips:
Vehicles bringing trailers larger than 6’x4’ must book van slots. Furthermore, if the interior of your car is stripped, it is categorised as a van, and you must register it as so when booking a slot.
There is a height restriction of 6' 10" (2.1 meters) at the Sutton Coldfield and Kings Norton tip entrances. Fortunately, if your vehicle is higher than this, you can use the Castle Bromwich or Tyseley Recycling Centres instead.
You won't be allowed access to any of the sites if your vehicle weighs over 3500kg.
If you are hiring a car, bring the hire documents along with your proof of Birmingham residency with you to the Norris Way Recycling Centre. If you do not know your hire vehicle registration number, enter “Hire Van” on the registration section of the booking form.
Items accepted at any Birmingham Recycling Centre
- Green garden waste
- Wood and wood-based products e.g. MDF and chipboard.
- Car and household batteries
- Fridges and freezers
- Engine oil
- Gas bottles (empty and/or partially full) – do not put these in the metals skip. Instead, ask the staff where the specific gas bottle area is.
- Textiles, shoes, and carpets
- Electrical items such as TVs, monitors
- Florescent tubes
- Soil, hardcore and rubble (in limited amounts)
- Paint – this is a service for domestic waste only; you can not use the RePaint scheme if you are a business or trader.
The council recommends you sort waste before leaving home to cut down the amount of time you need to spend at the tip unloading and sorting. This helps keep the recycling centre, and your trip, as efficient as possible.
What can’t you dispose of at the Birmingham Recycling Centres?
- Clinical waste
- Tree trunks and large branches
- Birmingham Recycling Centres do not allow more than eight 25kg bags (or equivalent) per visit of rubble or soil, turf, or hardcore.
- You are not allowed to bring trade waste to the tip without specific bookings.
Birmingham doesn’t accept trade waste at its household recycling centre without valid bookings.
For trade waste bookings, you can call 0203 567 3915 between 8 am – 4 pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).
Time slots for this Trade Waste service are available Monday to Friday (5 am-7 am, 11 am-12 pm and 2 pm-7 pm).
- Businesses using the site, with a valid booking, will be charged a deposit fee £78 fee to deposit waste at the site.
- You cannot enter the Sutton Coldfield tip with vehicles over 3500kg
Other important information for your trip to Birmingham's Recycling Centres:
- Pedestrians are not allowed – do not leave your car until it is correctly parked in a designated bay.
- All pets and children must stay in the car throughout your trip – children must ensure their seatbelts are kept fastened the whole time.
Veolia (who runs the recycling centre) partners with the Reusers to provide a donation service. The reuse area it located at the tip. However, it should only be used for items that are genuinely in good enough condition to be useful to others. e.g. household goods including furniture, electrical items, bicycles, garden tools and lawnmowers. Please be aware that the scheme sometimes limits what they accept based on demand. You can call 0121 329 2797 to check what you can donate at the time of your visit.
IF THE REUSE SHOP IS NOT OPEN, PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE DONATIONS OUTSIDE THE GATES.
More reuse options for Birmingham residents can be found here.
Mobile Recycling Centres
Four Mobile Household Recycling Centres work across Birmingham’s 69 wards. Each mobile facility has a recycling lorry and a disposable waste vehicle. You can use these MHRCs to dispose of unwanted recycling, household waste, garden waste and woo and bulky items. However, you cannot get rid of large items here (e.g. garage doors), engine or cooking oil (among other hazardous materials), gas containers, asbestos, white goods (such as washing machines or freezers) or building material (sand, bricks, tiles, rubble, concrete, partially full paint pots). You also are not allowed to get rid of any commercial waste using this service.
Check if an MHRC operator is coming to your ward soon here - you do not need to book for this service!
However, if you don't fancy or are unable to take stuff to the recycling centre and a mobile ward isn't available soon, then why not pay a licensed waste carrier to take it away instead? To find a cheap local collector, publish a free listing on LoveJunk marketplace and see what the nearby waste companies (and reusers) would like to charge. Just click here.
More for Birmingham householders
Thanks for reading our article! We hope you found the answers you were looking for. Any more questions, get in touch with [email protected]. We've written some more articles for Birmingham householders that you might find helpful:
- Freecycle Birmingham: our guide to freecycling and reusing (when your items have some life left!)
- Guide to Rubbish Removal Birmingham: comprehensive blog with every way to get rid of your bulky waste in Birmingham.
- House Clearance Birmingham Guide: helpful tips to avoid cowboys and save money on house clearances in Birmingham.
- Solihull Bulky Waste Collection: a free guide for residents of Solihull