The Household Recycling Centre (the tip)

If you have extra recycling, garden waste or household rubbish that won't fit in the correct bins that you have at home, you can take it to our Household Recycling Centre (often called 'the tip') at Shidas Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 2BP.

The opening hours of the tip are 8am to 4pm every day including weekends.

The tip is open every day of the year, including Bank Holidays (except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day).

Check the live webcam to see how busy the tip is. Please be patient, as this can take up to 10 seconds to load. Please use Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge as this does not work on Internet Explorer.

The tip is for Sandwell residents only, to dispose of rubbish and recycling from their own homes.

More than 60% of the waste taken to the centre in Shidas Lane is recycled.

Sorting your rubbish and where to put it

To make your visit quicker, please separate the different types of rubbish or recycling before you get to the tip. 

Remember that most items can be recycled rather than putting them in the general waste container.

Please see the list below to see where the different containers are located. There are clear signs on the skips, but if you can’t see the one you need, please ask one of the site operatives.

On the right hand side as you drive in – these are the smaller containers and cages in front of the staff Portacabin

  • Engine oil (limit 5 litres)
  • Vegetable oil
  • Florescent tubes and energy saving light bulbs (limit 10 tubes)
  • Gas bottles (not small "disposable" helium balloon cylinders - these will need to be emptied and placed in the scrap metal bay after all excess gas is released) Two bottles maximum per month
  • Car batteries
  • Household batteries

On the right side past the staff Portakabin – these are the lowered skips behind the railings:

  • Small electrical items
  • Wood
  • Scrap metal
  • Garden Waste
  • Cardboard
  • Carpets
  • Plasterboard (eight bags or 200kg maximum per month)
  • Soil and ceramics (eight bags or 200kg maximum per month)
  • Hard-core and rubble (eight bags or 200kg maximum per month)
  • Mattresses
  • Fridges
  • Asbestos (non-trade only, see the asbestos removal page for details of procedure to be followed)
  • Tyres (4 non-commercial vehicle tyres maximum per month)
  • UPVC doors and window frames
  • Non-ferrous metals
  • General waste/black bagged waste

On the left hand side - these are the ground level skips and containers

  • Textiles and clothing 
  • Plastic bottles
  • Cans
  • TVs
  • Paper
  • Sheet glass 
  • Glass bottles
  • Bric-a-brac - reusable household items (mobile van – not always onsite)
  • Bric-a-brac - reusable household items (small only)

If you are bringing plaster or other dusty materials to the tip, put it in sealed bags before you get to the site and dispose of the whole bag without opening it.

Staff on the site are always happy to help with awkward loads and to advise whether they can be recycled.

Please note that site staff may refuse access to anyone if there is reasonable suspicion that the waste brought to the site is from a business activity or of a type that cannot be accepted at the site.

Trade or business waste

We do not accept any trade or business waste.

Landlords and other businesses are strictly prohibited from using the centre and all waste deposited at the site is monitored.

See trade waste collections for further details.

Vans, larger vehicles and trailers

If you are driving a van or towing a trailer, you need to make an appointment by calling at least 24 hours before you want to visit. Please note that during busy periods your preferred booking date may not be available. Call 0121 569 6886 between 8am-4pm from Monday to Friday to book an appointment.

Please note that there are size and length restrictions for vehicles and trailers, which we will tell you about when you call.

CCTV and body-worn cameras

Please note that CCTV is in operation at the tip and staff are fitted with body-worn cameras at all times.

The use of these devices is for public and staff safety and to help investigate complaints and incidents which may happen on site.

There are signs advertising camera usage and all data recorded is treated in line with current General Data Protection Regulations.

If members of the public wish to view footage taken of them, they can request it in writing to the Waste Transfer Station Manager, Serco Ltd, Shidas Lane, Oldbury, B69 2BP. It must be within 31 days before the footage is deleted from the system.

Other places to recycle

Now that the blue lid recycling collection has been established across Sandwell, the council has removed all of its recycling banks.

Residents can continue to take their recyclable items to the Household Recycling Centre in Shidas Lane, so if you have extra recycling or rubbish that won't fit in your household bins, you can take it to our Household Recycling Centre (often called "the tip") at Shidas Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 2BP 

For other ways to recycle, see the What can be recycled? page