Okehampton Recycling Centre

Opening times and general information

Opening times

Summer (Apr to Sep)Winter (Oct to Mar)
Monday to Friday9:00am to 5:00pm9:00am to 4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday10:00am to 6:00pm10:00am to 4:30pm

Contact details

Okehampton Recycling Centre
Exeter Road Industrial Estate
EX20 1UD
0345 155 1010

Open all year round (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day).

In the event of extreme weather conditions the recycling centre may be forced to close at short notice. We will update this webpage when required but this may not always be possible.

From the town centre travel eastwards towards Exeter along East Street and Exeter Road, after approximately one mile turn left into Exeter Road industrial estate. Take the next right into Hambledow.

Waste loading/skip changes may result in this site (or part of the site) being closed for short periods throughout the day. For your own safety, please remain in your vehicle and keep your waste on board until the loading/skip exchange is completed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Site staff will aim to provide assistance when reasonable; however they are unable to lift excessively heavy and/or awkward loads. For example, if a bulky/heavy item required 2 or more persons to initially load the vehicle then it will be expected that the same amount of people arrive to help unload the vehicle once on site.

Acceptable materials

Acceptable materials

Please ensure that your waste is separated before arriving at the site.

  • Aluminium and steel cans (including empty steel paint cans).
  • Bulky/rigid plastics.
  • Cardboard/Greeting Cards (must be non-glittery).
  • Car batteries (excluding electric vehicle batteries). Alternatively, these can be taken to a scrap metal merchant who may pay you for your battery.
  • Carpets.
  • Clean mixed plastic packaging, for example,  food trays and yoghurt pots (must be washed). Black plastic food trays and cling film type packaging are not acceptable.
  • Directories/Yellow Pages.
  • DIY engine oil.
  • Domestic batteries.
  • Drinks cartons/Tetra-paks.
  • Energy saving light bulbs (recycled with fluorescent tubes).
  • Flat glass.
  • Fluorescent tubes: up to 5 in any 6 month period.
  • Foil (clean aluminium foil only).
  • Fridges/freezers (commercial fridges/freezers/air conditioning units are not accepted as well as units from caravans/motorhomes/boats).
  • Furniture.
  • Garden/green waste (branches up to 250mm or 10 inches in diameter are accepted).
  • Glass bottles and jars.
  • Large electrical appliances, for example, cookers, microwaves, washing machines.
  • Mattresses.
  • Metal (including empty aerosol cans).
  • Paper, newspapers and magazines (shredded paper must go in the paper bank. Wrapping paper or any paper containing glitter must not go in the paper bank).
  • Petrol powered lawn mowers and strimmers (must be emptied of fuel).
  • Plastic bottles.
  • Small domestic appliances,for example, toasters, lawn mowers, hairdryers, computers, laptops etc (Please ensure all personal data is erased before bringing your items to be recycled).
  • Textiles.
  • Timber.
  • TVs/computer monitors.
  • Vegetable oil.
Restricted and non-acceptable materials

Restricted and non-acceptable materials


  • Ash (must be cooled and well damped down).
  • Certain hazardous waste, including items such as DIY engine oils, solvents, bleaches/chemicals (e.g. mercury thermometers) and asbestos are accepted in restricted quantities.
  • DIY waste: 0.5 tonnes in a 6 month period (limit excludes chargeable waste).
  • Fluorescent tubes: 5 in a 6 month period.
  • Gas bottles.
  • Household chemicals (eg pesticides, white spirit, bleach, oil-based paint): 5 litres in a 12 month period.
  • NHS Equipment.
  • Night storage heaters – full appliances will only be accepted and must be double wrapped in tough plastic and sealed. Please see asbestos for more information.
  • Noxious weeds.

Non acceptable

  • Business and commercial waste. Commercial green waste and cardboard is acceptable at certain sites for a charge, by arrangement only. Find out more about the trade recycling scheme here.
  • Commercial fridges/freezers/air conditioning units are not accepted as well as units from caravans/motorhomes/boats.
  • Dead pets, pet faeces and soiled litter/bedding material. See household clinical waste for further information. Your local vet will be able to help you with the cremation of dead pets. You may wish to consider a home composting facility for pet faeces or soiled bedding.
  • Electric vehicle batteries.
  • Excess dustbin/black bag waste is not acceptable at this site. Your nearest alternative is Crowndale Recycling Centre, Tavistock, by arrangement only, please contact your local district, city or borough council in the first instance.
  • Fireworks (used/unused) – contact the manufacturer for disposal advice
  • Flares, explosives and ammunition – please contact your local coastguard (flares)/police station (explosives/ammunition) for disposal advice.
  • Fly-tipped waste
  • Ground/air source heat pumps.
  • Oil tanks/Heating oil tanks – please see a list of alternative service providers.
  • Railway sleepers/Utility poles.
  • Sanitary wastes (nappies, sanitary towels).
  • Sewage/contents of drains.
  • Sharps/clinical items: please contact your local district city or borough council.
  • Vehicles, vehicle parts, boats, caravans, trailers (fridges/freezers from caravans/motorhomes/boats are not accepted).
Chargeable waste

Chargeable waste

Further information about chargeable waste.

Site health and safety

Site health and safety

Further information about site health and safety

Site user and vehicle restrictions

Site user and vehicle restrictions

Further information about site user and vehicle restrictions.