Household Recycling Centres set to switch to winter opening hours from 1 November

Published: Monday, 26th October 2020

Birmingham residents are being reminded that opening hours at the city’s recycling centres are about to change for the winter.

From 1 November, until the end of March 2021, the city’s five Household Recycling Centres (HRCs), operated by Veolia, will be open as follows:

Winter opening hours
Location Monday to Friday Saturday and Sunday
Holford Drive, Perry Barr 8am to 6pm 8am to 4pm
James Road, Tyseley 8an to 6pm 8am to 4pm
Lifford Lane, Kings Norton 8am to 6pm 8am to 4pm
Norris Way, Sutton Coldfield 8am to 6pm 8am to 4pm
Tameside Drive, Castle Bromwich 8am to 6pm 8am to 4pm

All five Household Recycling Centres will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Residents will still need to book a slot, but the overall number of available slots at the HRCs will not be decreased, despite the reduction in opening hours during the winter period. This means more slots will be available per hour to accommodate as many visits as possible whilst adhering to Government guidelines.

Visitors are reminded to stick to their time slot to ensure social distancing measures can be adhered to on-site to keep both the public and Veolia teams safe. Arriving late or early for a visit may result in being denied access to the site.

Mark Powell, General Manager for Veolia in Birmingham said: “All visits to Birmingham’s Household Recycling Centres must be booked online ahead of the visit . Access to the HRC sites will be denied if a booking hasn’t been made. Remember, separate your waste and recycling before visiting the recycling centres as it will make the visit more efficient when depositing the waste at the HRC. This will also help us all to recycle as much of Birmingham’s waste as possible together.

“If you are thinking of visiting an HRC with a van or large trailer (larger than 6’x4’), you must pre-book by calling the van booking office on 0203 567 3915 Monday to Friday 8am – 4pm.”

Tips on how to make your Household Recycling Centre visit as easy as possible:

  • Book slot at a Birmingham HRC online
  • Sort your waste into different types before you set off - your visit will be quicker, and more will be recycled.
  • If you’re not sure where to put something, ask a member of staff who will be happy to advise you.
  • Please don’t use your mobile phone on site. This is to avoid distractions because there are moving vehicles on site.
  • Wear sensible footwear when visiting.
  • Children and animals must stay in your vehicle at all times, for their safety.

Please adhere to social distancing measures on-site to keep everyone safe.

Cllr John O’Shea, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Parks, said: “Our network of Household Recycling Centres offer a convenient way to dispose of waste in a responsible manner. I’m pleased that our partners at Veolia can offer the same number of booking slots as during the longer summer operating hours, whilst still ensuring that the sites comply with coronavirus rules to keep visitors and staff safe.”

For further information on how to use Birmingham’s Household Recycling Centres and to book a slot at a recycling centre, visit

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