Totnes 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

Totnes Recycling Centre
Babbage Road Industrial Estate
Totnes
TQ9 5JA
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 A38 (South Brent) take the A385 into Totnes. The Recycling Centre is signposted on the first exit of the next roundabout, after passing over the railway bridge.

From Paignton take the A385 into Totnes, pass over the river via Brutus Bridge and the Recycling Centre is signposted on the fourth exit of the next roundabout.

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.
  • Card/Yellow Pages (cards, wrapping paper or any paper containing glitter must not go in the paper bank).
  • 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).
  • DIY engine oil.
  • Domestic batteries.
  • 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).
  • Petrol powered lawn mowers and strimmers (must be emptied of fuel)
  • Plastic bottles.
  • Small domestic appliances, for example, toasters, lawn mowers, hairdryers, computers and laptops (please ensure all personal data is deleted).
  • Textiles.
  • Timber.
  • TVs/computer monitors.
  • Vegetable oil.
Restricted and non-acceptable materials

Restricted and non-acceptable materials

Restricted

  • Ash (must be cooled and well damped down).
  • Certain types of hazardous waste, including items such as DIY engine oils, solvents, bleaches/chemicals 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 6 month period.
  • Gas bottles .
  • Household chemicals (eg pesticides, white spirit, bleach, oil-based paint): 5 litres in a 12 month period.
  • NHS equipment.
  • Noxious weeds.

Non Acceptable

  • Asbestos: chargeable at certain recycling centres (facilities available at Bideford, Exeter (Exton Road and Pinbrook Road), Honiton, Kingsbridge, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Tavistock, Tiverton and Torrington).
  • 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. Your local vet will be able to help you with the cremation of dead pets and you may wish to consider a home composting facility for pet faeces or soiled bedding.
  • Electric vehicle batteries.
  • Excess non-recyclable waste is not acceptable at this site. Your nearest alternative is Brunel Road Recycling Centre, Newton Abbot 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)or police station (explosives/ammunition) for disposal advice.
  • Ground/Air source heat pumps.
  • Night storage heaters – only acceptable at recycling centres which accept asbestos, the unit must be double wrapped in tough plastic and sealed. Sites will only accept full appliances.
  • Oil tanks/Heating oil tanks – please see a list of alternative service providers.
  • Plasterboard: chargeable at certain recycling centres – see chargeable waste for further information.
  • 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.

Location