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Waste and recycling sites

Details about Saffron Walden household waste recycling site and where to find local glass and textile recycling banks.

Recycling centre bookings consultation

Essex County Council has launched a public consultation on the booking process at recycling centres.

They are proposing to retain a booking process permanently for all vehicles visiting all Essex County Council recycling centres. Bookings have been in place as a trial since March.

They now want to know what Essex residents think of the proposal.

The consultation closes on 19 November.

See the consultation survey, the proposal, the evaluation and further details.


Saffron Walden recycling centre

The Saffron Walden recycling centre is the local recycling centre (tip) for your household items. You can find it at:

Saffron Walden Recycling Centre, Thaxted Road, Saffron Walden CB10 2UP

Information on disabled access to the Saffron Walden recycling centre can be found on AccessAble.

The centre is run by Essex County Council,

Visiting the recycling centre

You will usually need to book a time slot to visit the Saffron Walden recycling centre.

If you need assistance unloading you can ask staff at the centre to help.


You do not need to book a slot to visit a recycling centre in Essex if you are a:

  • pedestrian
  • cyclist
  • Blue Badge holder

You'll need to take proof of residency and your Blue Badge with you when visiting these sites.  The Blue Badge holder will need to be present during the visit. 

Booking for cars and small vehicles

Most vehicles need to book a slot to visit any Essex County Council recycling centre on the Love Essex website.

You are able to book up to a month in advance. 

Book now

Don't worry if you arrive a little early or late - if you have a booking the staff will let you on site to unload as soon a space allows.

Booking for vans pick-up or trailers

You need to book a slot in advance to visit an Essex recycling centre in a van, pick-up or a vehicle towing a trailer with more than one axle on the Love Essex website.

You are able to book up to 2 weeks in advance. 

Book now

There is further information on the recycling centre booking system for vans​​ on the the Love Essex website.

Opening hours

16 October to end of February - 9am to 4pm every day

1 March to 15 October -  9am to 5pm every day


Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve the centre is closed from 1pm

Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day the centre is closed all day

Other recycling centres in Essex

Essex County Council run a number of other recycling centres.

You can find a full list of recycling centres in Essex on the Love Essex site.

Hazardous household waste

You can take some hazardous waste, but not asbestos, to an Essex household waste recycling centre where it will de disposed of safely.

Local recycling sites

There are a number of local recycling sites across Uttlesford where you can take recyclable textiles and glass.