milton keynes recycling centre guide

Milton Keynes Recycling Centre Info

7 September 2022

Recycling centre and rubbish tip information for Milton Keynes residents

If you are looking for info on your nearest Milton Keynes recycling centre, we’ve got you covered. Here are details about each site, including a map of where they are, their opening hours, who can use them, and which items are and are not accepted. Plus plenty of other questions answered too!



There are 3 council tips in Milton Keynes:


Location Map of each Milton Keynes Recycling Centre

milton keynes recycling centres map


Opening Hours

Each recycling centre is open 7 days a week. Opening hours vary throughout the year:

1st October - 31st March: Monday - Sunday 8am - 5pm 

1st April - 30th September: Monday - Sunday 7am - 7pm 


Contact Information

Council website online booking and contact telephone number (01908 252811).


Booking is required

To use any of the sites you must first reserve a slot by booking online or telephone. This can be done up to 7 days in advance and new booking slots are released every day on a rolling basis. 1 booking is a 15 minute slot and if you can’t make your time, the council advises that you simply rebook as they can’t change existing bookings. When making your booking, confirm the registration number of the vehicle you plan to use.

To enter the site, you’ll need:

  • Confirmation email
  • Same vehicle registered upon booking (if you are hiring a car, bring the hire documents)
  • Proof of address in Milton Keynes (e.g. driving licence, a recent bill with your address on it, mortgage statement or tenancy agreement, NHS card)




Site rules for every Milton Keynes recycling centre

  • No mobile phones on site
  • Wear gloves when unloading waste
  • Sensible footwear only (no flip-flops or sandals)
  • Wear trousers, not shorts
  • No smoking on site
  • Do not bring pets or children


Vehicle access and restrictions

Each recycling site has its own rules about which vehicles are permitted entry:

Bleak Hall:

  • Cars under 2 metres high only
  • Maximum vehicle weight 3.5 tonnes


New Bradwell:

  • Cars under 2 metres high
  • Car plus trailer under 2 metres high
  • Van under 2 metres high
  • Maximum vehicle weight 3.5 tonnes


Newport Pagnell 

Via Main Entrance

  • Cars under 2 metres high
  • Car plus trailer under 2 metres high
  • Van under 2 metres high

Via Trade Entrance only

  • Cars over 2 metres high
  • Trade and commercial vehicles
  • Maximum weight 3.5 tonnes for all vehicleS
  • Car plus trailer over 2 meters high
  • Van under 2 metres high
  • Van over 2 metres high


Items Accepted 

  • Asbestos at New Bradwell site only
  • Batteries and car batteries
  • Cooking oil and used engine oil
  • Electronic and electrical items, e.g. computers, laptops, mobile phones, lamps
  • Fire extinguishers - contents must be identifiable
  • Furniture e.g. tables, beds, mattresses, etc
  • Gas bottles (contents must be identifiable)
  • Hardcore and rubble
  • Some hazardous waste items. See our advice before booking
  • Household and garden chemicals
  • Light bulbs, low energy bulbs and fluorescent tubes
  • Mixed textiles and clothes
  • Paint
  • Tyres (either New Bradwell or Newport Pagnell and NOT Bleak Hall site)
  • Videos, vinyl records, CDs and DVDs
  • White goods e.g. fridges, freezers, washing machines, cookers, etc  
  • Wood and timber
  • Other household waste


Prohibited Items

  • Commercially sourced asbestos waste
  • Hot ashes or disposable BBQs


Trade waste

You can only dispose of commercial and industrial waste at the Newport Pagnell site. Vehicles must carry a valid Waste Carriers License and will be charged commercial rates. Only vehicles weighing 3.5 tonnes and under can enter the site. A weighbridge is installed so that business vehicles can be charged according to the type of waste and by weight – green waste is less expensive to dispose of so this is reflected in the price. Materials which are more expensive to dispose of, such as plasterboard, are charged at a higher rate.

Trade customers can book a time slot on the dedicated commercial booking line: 01908 616312.

Payments are only accepted by credit card. Credit accounts available to high frequency users. Pre-sort your waste before arrival. Mixed loads will be charged at the highest rate


Other useful information

For any specific questions, you can contact the waste and recycling team on Milton Keynes council:

Telephone: 01908 252570

Email: [email protected] 

Address: Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park (appointment only), 9 Dickens Road, Old Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5QF.


Reuse options

Unfortunately, there are no reuse points at any of the Milton Keynes recycling centres. The good news is that we have a guide to reusing and freecycling in Milton Keynes! Find out what you can do with those items with a lease of life left in them yet. 



For comprehensive information on bulky waste removal in Milton Keynes, have a look at our complete guide to rubbish removal. To find out where your nearest recycling centre is by postcode, check our our interactive map


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