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Waltham Abbey

All recycling centres across Essex will be closed until further notice. The decision to close sites has not been taken lightly but is essential as residents should stay at home and limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).Changes to recycling centres

We've made changes to what you can bring to your local recycling centre. Make sure you read about them before you set out.


Waltham Abbey recycling centre, Brooker Road, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1JU

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 except Tuesday and Wednesday

1 March to 15 October

9am to 5pm every day except Tuesday and Wednesday


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

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, 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.

DIY waste including soil, hardcore, plasterboard, tiles, bathroom and kitchen units and doors is not accepted at this recycling centre.

Your nearest recycling centre that accepts vans and limited DIY waste are Brentwood and Harlow.

What you cannot bring to recycling centres

  • Asbestos  
  • Chemicals and other toxic substances
  • Clinical waste
  • Dead animals
  • DIY waste including hardcore, plasterboard, tiles, bathroom and kitchen units and doors
  • Doors - whether wooden or uPVC
  • Fireworks, ammunition and explosives
  • Fuel
  • Hardcore (including ceramic tiles)
  • Hazardous waste
  • Business waste

Find out more about recycling centres

Recycling centre policy and site restrictions

Advice for businesses disposing of their waste in Essex