Start typing in the search box and select from the drop down.

Rayleigh Recycling Centre

This recycling centre is open during normal opening hours. Expect long queues and delays. Please check the temporary recycling centre restrictions before visiting. Normal site restrictions apply.

Residents from Thurrock and the Southend-on-Sea Council areas are not permitted to use this facility. Staff at the centres may ask for proof of residency from visitors (council tax bill or driving licence) Detail of 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. 

Address

Rayleigh recycling centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 7QF

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

Vehicle and site restrictions

Vans, pick-ups and other commercial-type vehicles – including those privately owned - are not allowed to use this site.

Customers attempting to park prohibited vehicles outside the site and carry waste in will be turned away.

Rayleigh 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

Your nearest recycling centre that accepts vans and limited DIY waste is Pitsea.

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

Find out more about recycling centres

Recycling centre policy and site restrictions

Advice for businesses disposing of their waste in Essex