Household waste & recycling centres (tips)

You can take household recycling and rubbish to a household recycling centre (HRC) provided by Gloucestershire County Council.  The HRC is for household waste and recycling only; it is illegal for a business or commercial operation to use any HRC site in Gloucestershire.

Location and opening hours of the HRC in Forest of Dean

  • Oak Quarry, Broadwell, near Coleford. It is one mile north east of Coleford on the B4226, half a mile after Broadwell crossroads;
  • Open all year round except Christmas Day (25 December) and New Year’s Day (1 January);
  • Opening times are from 9.00am until 6.15pm (last entry 6.00pm).

For further details and locations of alternative HRCs please visit the:

Items accepted

The site accepts a whole range of items and materials for recycling including: lightbulbs, oil, large and small electrical items, scrap metal, gas bottles and chemicals. 

Garden waste

If you are taking garden waste to the HRC, please ensure that trees/large branches are reduced to sections no longer than 6ft/1.8m in length. Sections longer than this can block the compactor. Please do not take garden wheeled bins to the site for emptying as the site staff will not be able to help you lift these. 

Van and trailers

If you intend to take a van, pick-up or trailer larger than 6ft x 4ft, you will need to book an appointment in advance, giving at least 24 hours notice. 

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Proof of residency will be required.

Site staff

Site staff are available to assist you but if you are bringing heavy or awkward items, please consider bringing someone along to help you.