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Harlow Recycling Centre

This recycling centre is open during normal opening hours. Expect queues and delays. Please check recycling centre policy and site restrictions before visiting.

You must be a resident in the statutory area of Essex County Council to use this site. Residents outside of the statutory area of Essex County Council are not permitted to use this site. Staff at the centres may ask for proof of residency from visitors (council tax bill or driving licence). Details of your vehicles, as well as names and addresses, may be recorded for monitoring purposes. For information on recycling centres in your area please contact your local council and ensure you check which council area you live.

Address

Harlow recycling centre, Temple Bank, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2DY

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

Opening hours

16 October to end of February

9am to 4pm every day

1 March to 15 October

9am to 5pm every day 

Closed

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

Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

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. 

Asbestos

Business waste

Chemical waste 

Clinical waste

Dead animals

Fireworks, ammunition and explosives

Fuel

Gas cylinders

Japanese knotweed

Find out how to correctly dispose of household hazardous waste in Essex

Vehicle and site restrictions

Light commercial vehicles (under 3,500kg) will be accepted if they are carrying your own household waste. Site staff may stop you at the gate to ensure the waste you are carrying has come from the household. 

Harlow Recycling Centre accept small quantities of some DIY and construction waste, providing you have completed the work yourself and it is from your own household.

In any 28-day period you may not exceed each of the following:

  • three wheelbarrow loads (one car boot) of soil, hardcore or gypsum-based products including plasterboard and dry wall lining
  • one wheelbarrow load of tiles

In any 6-month period you may not exceed each of the following:

  • three large ceramic items (e.g. toilet or wash basin)
  • one uPVC or wooden window frame
  • one uPVC or wooden door
  • three wooden internal doors
  • any element of a built-in kitchen

Find out more about recycling centres

Recycling centre policy and site restrictions

Advice for businesses disposing of their waste in Essex