The Household Recycling Centre (the tip)

You can only visit the tip if you have booked a slot. 
Book your slot for the tip
You can book one slot every two weeks. Appointments are between 8am - 3.45pm daily. If you change your mind, you will have up to two working days before your booking to amend or cancel it. That means if you want to change a  Saturday, Sunday or Monday appointment, you must amend it by the Thursday before.

You must bring the email to prove you have booked a slot along with one form of ID. 

Opening hours

The tip is open every day as normal, 8am - 4pm. Residents who use vans, pick up or car with trailer can now book. Please read our operating instructions below before you visit.

You can check our Facebook page (search Sandwell in Facebook) or follow @sandwellcouncil on Twitter for updates.

During opening hours, there are long queues for the tip.

Instructions to residents when visiting the tip

You now have to book to visit the tip. If you turn up without a booking, you will be refused entry. 

Book a visit to the tip

The site is very busy and residents are advised to plan ahead and only make a visit if it is absolutely essential.

Vans, trailers and pick ups will now be permitted to enter the site (but must comply with the additional restrictions shown at the bottom of the page) and only one person will be permitted in each car, unless bringing a bulky item that requires two people to unload it or if the person is registered as having a disability and carries an authorised Blue Badge. If two people are required they must be from the same household.  

Those planning on using the site will need to bring proof of address, such as a drivers licence, recent utility bill or current council tax summary, which they would be asked to show against closed car windows.

Given that the coronavirus pandemic is not over, social distancing will be maintained on site at all times, which means the site may operate in a different way to normal. To ensure social distancing rules are upheld, staff on site will not be able to assist the public with their waste disposal and unloading.

If households have had COVID-19 symptoms, waste should be left for at least 72 hours before disposal and personal waste should be safely double bagged. 

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 Portakabin

  • 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
  • Freezers
  • 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.

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

Vans and trailers are now permitted to enter the site (but must comply with the additional restrictions as shown).

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.

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