Recycling in Sefton

Find out what Sefton Council can collect from your home.

What does my Council collect?Recycling Centre LocationsWhat do these Recycling Centres accept?


CANS AND TINS: Ensure cans and tins are empty and free of food and liquids. Metal lids can be placed inside the tin or can. Do not crush or flatten cans and tins

  • Drinks cans
  • Food tins (fruit, soup, beans etc.)

CARD: Ensure cardboard is free from sticky and parcel tape, labels, staples and remove all plastic packaging and polystyrene. Please flatten boxes.

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Cardboard packaging
  • Cereal boxes
  • Corrugated card
  • Egg boxes (card)
  • Greeting cards
  • Pizza boxes (clean – no grease or food)
  • Washing powder boxes
  • Cardboard food packaging (remove the plastic windows)


  • catalogues (no hard covers)
  • envelopes (you don’t need to remove the plastic window)
  • newspapers
  • junk mail (removed from any plastic bags)
  • magazines (removed from any plastic bags)
  • writing paper
  • telephone directories and Yellow Pages
  • wrapping paper (no foil or glitter)
  • soap and toothpaste boxes

GLASS JARS AND BOTTLES: Ensure that jars and bottles are rinsed and free from food and liquids. Glass should not be smashed or broken.

  • food jars and metal lids
  • cosmetic bottles (glass)
  • glass drinks bottles and (metal tops can be put back on)
  • medicine bottles (glass)
  • metal jar lids and bottle tops

PLASTIC BOTTLES: Ensure that plastic bottles are rinsed and free from liquids. Do not crush or flatten plastic bottles. Plastic bottle lids and tops can be left on .

  • Fabric conditioner bottles
  • Plastic bottle tops
  • Shampoo and shower gel bottles
  • Plastic drinks bottles (including milk bottles)
  • Bleach and cleaner bottles (remove spray or pump tops)
  • Cosmetics bottles (plastic)
  • Medicine bottles (plastic)


  • Grass and lawn cuttings
  • Small amounts of shredded paper
  • Dead flowers
  • Prunings
  • Hedge and tree clippings
  • Twigs and branches
  • Leaves
  • Plants and weeds
  • Untreated bark and wood chippings
  • Pet bedding (e.g. straw, shredded paper etc. clean or soiled)


  • General household waste
  • Most items which cannot be recycled or put in your BROWN bin, should be put in your GREY bin.
  • If you need to dispose of food waste please use your GREY bin.
  • Building materials or rubble are not accepted in the GREY bin.


Your local Household Waste Recycling Centres are:

Formby Household Waste Recycling Centre, Altcar Road, Formby L37 8DL

1st April - 30th September: 8.00 am to 8.00 pm
1st October - 31st March: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm

Sefton Meadows Household Waste Recycling Centre, Sefton Lane, Maghull L31 8BX

1st April - 30th September: 8.00 am to 8.00 pm
1st October - 31st March: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm

South Sefton Household Waste Recycling Centre, Irlam Road, Bootle L20 4AE

1st April - 30th September: 8.00 am to 8.00 pm
1st October - 31st March: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm

Southport Household Waste Recycling Centre, Foul Lane, Southport PR9 7RG

1st April - 30th September: 8.00 am to 8.00 pm
1st October - 31st March: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm

Household Waste Recycling Centres are provided by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority

  • ALL Recycling Centres in Merseyside are available to use by all Merseyside householders
  • If using a van or large trailer at any of the Centre’s householders will require a booking  – for more information click HERE
  • For more information: Tel: 0151 255 1444      email:
    • Asbestos (Southport only – please click here to book your visit.)
    • Batteries (car)
    • Batteries (household)
    • Books, CDs & DVDs
    • Reusable bicycles (not Southport)
    • Bric-a-brac (not Southport)
    • Cans
    • Cardboard
    • Carpet
    • Coffee shops (e.g. takeaway cups from coffee shops)
    • Electrical items (e.g. hairdryers, DVD players)
    • Fridges & freezers
    • Fluorescent tubes
    • Light bulbs
    • Garden/Green
    • Glass (bottles & jars)
    • Plastic bottles
    • Mattresses
    • Mobile phones
    • Oil (engine)
      • Oil (cooking)
      • Oil (filters)
      • Paint (only Sefton Meadows)
      • Paper (inc. newspapers, magazines & telephone directories)
      • Paper containers with metal ends
      • Plasterboard (gypsum)
      • Rubble
      • Scrap metal
      • Shoes
      • Soil
      • Televisions (inc. computer monitors)
      • Tetrapak cartons
      • Textiles
      • Tyres
      • Upholstered Domestic Seating (if you’re bringing seating with upholstery to a Recycling Centre then site staff will direct you to the Upholstered Domestic Seating Container – click here to learn more)
      • White goods (e.g. washing machines, microwaves)
      • Wood (untreated timber)
      • Wood (chipboard, composite, MDF)
      • Large plastics
      • Printer cartridges
      • Non-recyclable household waste