Waltham Abbey Recycling Centre

Tea bag powering kettle

Did you know?

Recycling six tea bags in your food caddy generates enough energy to boil a kettle for another cuppa!

Illustrated person raking leaves towards a compost bin.

Did you know?

Every teaspoon of compost is thought to contain up to one billion microorganisms!

Person recycling aluminium drink cans

Did you know?

Used aluminium drink cans can be recycled and back on supermarket shelves as new drink cans in as little as 60 days.

Who can use this recycling centre

You must be a resident in the statutory area of Essex County Council to use this site. Staff may ask for proof of residency from visitors (such as a council tax bill or driving licence). If you are unsure of your local council area you can use GOV.UK's postcode checker.

What you can bring to this recycling centre

Please remember, our recycling centres only accept household waste.  For more information on what you can dispose of, visit what our recycling centres can accept.

You'll also need to accept our policy and site restrictions.

Book a slot

You will need to book a slot to visit this recycling centre, unless you are a Blue Badge holder, pedestrian or cyclist. There is no charge to book, but you need to make a booking each time you visit. 

Note: this site does not accept bookings for vans.

Book a slot for a car

We will then send you a confirmation email.  You may be asked to show your booking confirmation and proof of address at the site.

If you need to cancel your booking, go to your confirmation email and click on the link 'return to my booking.'

If you cannot book online, could you ask a friend or family member to help?  If not, call Essex County Council on 0345 743 0430, from 8.30am to 5pm.


Brooker Road
Waltham Abbey
United Kingdom


Information on disabled access to the recycling centre can be found on AccessAble, formerly Disabled Go.

Venue opening times


16 October to end of February

9am to 4pm every day except Tuesday and Wednesday.

1 March to 15 October

9am to 5pm every day except Tuesday and Wednesday.


Every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve closed from 1pm.

Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

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