Covid-19: Waste and Recycling Services

If you have suspected or confirmed Coronavirus and are self-isolating, you need to double bag your used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths and wait 72 hours before putting it out for collection. For more information visit our page here.

Household Recycling Centres Open as Normal in National Lockdown

All our HRC sites will be open as normal during the latest National Lockdown

All visits must be pre-booked online in advance and social distancing will be required on site.

For further details, visit our HRC Bookings page

Midweek closure days and seasonal opening hours

From 25 October Pyke Quarry HRC will switch back to normal opening days and the site will be closed on Wednesdays. All sites will also switch to winter opening hours (10am - 4pm) from 25 October. Please remember all visits must still be pre booked online here. Social distancing measures remain in place, so the number of booking slots available remains limited.

2020 Holiday period


Open (10am-4pm)


Fri 10 Apr (Good Friday)

All sites  

Mon 13 Apr (Easter Monday)

All sites  

Fri 8 May (Early May Bank Hol / VE Day)

All sites  

Mon 25 Jun (Spring Bank Hol)

All sites  

Mon 31 Aug (Summer Bank Hol)

All sites  

Thur 24 Dec (Christmas Eve)

Pyke Quarry, Wingmoor Farm, Oak Quarry and Fosse Cross Hempsted

Fri 25 Dec (Christmas Day)

  All sites

Sat 26 Dec (Boxing Day)

  All sites

Sun 27 Dec

All sites  

Mon 28 Dec

All sites  

Tue 29 Dec

Hempsted, Pyke Quarry and Wingmoor Farm Oak Quarry and Fosse Cross

Wed 30 Dec

Hempsted, Oak Quarry and Fosse Cross Pyke Quarry and Wingmoor Farm
Thur 31 Dec


Pyke Quarry, Wingmoor Farm, Oak Quarry and Fosse Cross Hempsted

Fri 1 Jan (New Years Day)

  All sites

Sat 2 Jan 2021

All sites  

Sun 3 Jan 2021

All sites  


Gloucestershire County Council’s Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) will be closed one day mid-week, either on a Tuesday, a Wednesday or a Thursday and changing to seasonal opening hours.


Seasonal opening times (6 days per week):

Sunday 29th March 2020 - Saturday 24th October 2020

Summer - 9am-5pm

25th October 2020 - Saturday 27th March 2021

Winter - 10am-4pm


Site specific day closures:

On Tuesdays, Fosse Cross (Cirencester) and Oak Quarry (Coleford) will be closed.

On Wednesdays, Pyke Quarry (Horsley near Stroud) and Wingmoor Farm (Bishops Cleeve) will be closed.

On Thursdays, Hempsted (Gloucester) will be closed.


Please note all HRC's will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.


Why we changed our opening hours:

As the evenings get colder and darker, the HRCs across the county receive almost 30 per cent less waste and recycling. In order to reflect this and save taxpayers money, HRCs change to seasonal opening hours and open six days a week.


The council collected data from recycling centres and this told us that midweek is the quieter period at our sites. Residents will have a reasonable alternative recycling centre with this closure pattern, by closing sites at opposite sides of the county. The new opening arrangements and how the sites are used will be monitored. The closure rota also means HRCs in the county will still be open on Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday, which are especially busy days at the sites. 


To find your nearest alternative site click here.


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