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You will need to book a slot to visit this recycling centre. For further information read our bookings page.
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 check here.
Dovercourt Recycling Centre
West End Lane
How to find us
Information on disabled access to the recycling centre can be found on AccessAble, formerly Disabled Go.
16 October to end of February
9am to 4pm every day except Thursday and Friday.
1 March to 15 October
9am to 5pm every day except Thursday and Friday.
Every Thursday and Friday.
Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve closed from 1pm.
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
You will need to book in advance to visit this recycling centre.* You can book your slot up to two weeks in advance.
*Blue Badge holders, pedestrians and cyclists are not required to make a booking.
How to cancel a booking
To cancel a booking, please follow the link in your booking confirmation.
Vehicle and site restrictions
Vans, pick-ups, other commercial-type vehicles and any towed trailer with more than one axle – including those privately owned - are not allowed to use this site. Please check what Essex County Council defines as a van, pick-up or large trailer.
Customers attempting to park prohibited vehicles outside the site and carry waste in will be turned away.
DIY waste including soil, hardcore, plasterboard, tiles, bathroom and kitchen units and doors is not accepted at this recycling centre.
What you cannot bring to recycling centres
The following items cannot be taken to any ECC recycling centre. You must arrange a separate collection or disposal of these items.
- Business waste
- Chemical waste
- Clinical waste
- Dead animals
- Fireworks, ammunition and explosives
- Gas cylinders
- Japanese knotweed