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The new improved Oak Quarry recycling centre is opening soon


The county council’s Oak Quarry recycling centre near Coleford is currently closed for a major upgrade and will now reopen on Wednesday 10 April, a few days later than originally planned.


Work is well advanced on site, but there’s still some other additional work to complete resulting in a small delay to the original re-opening date of Saturday 6 April.

The improvements, currently nearing completion, include the addition of a reuse shop and when Oak Quarry reopens, the shop will start to take in donated good quality second hand items and sell them onto those looking for a bargain.

Oak Quarry is also the next site to get a modern mobile ‘squashing’ machine which will offer Forest of Dean residents the same efficient services as Pyke Quarry and Hempsted sites as part of the council’s £1.2million modernisation programme for its recycling centres.

Previously, fixed compactor skips were used to squash and compress waste before it was transported for recycling, or disposal. This system is now old and becoming unreliable, and this can cause delays to residents visiting the site as well as making maintenance costly.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for environment & planning, said, “The new equipment will give the site a more modern and flexible system. Squashing what’s in the skips will not only save money in maintenance costs, but it’ll be more efficient and reliable too.

“It’s unfortunate that there’s a short delay in re-opening the site and I’d like to thank local people for their continued patience. However, I’m certain the wait will be well worth it.”

Cllr Terry Hale, local county councillor for Drybrook and Lydbrook, said: “This upgrade to Oak Quarry will improve the service to the Forest of Dean. I’m really pleased to hear about the new reuse shop; hopefully it will help prevent needless waste. The new kit to speed up the service will also be welcomed.

“I know the slightly extended temporary closure isn’t ideal but it’s really important that the new concrete sets fully and the site is safe to reopen.”

To make the switch to the new machines the existing fixed compactors have been removed and new open top skips have been provided.

During the closure staff have had a chance to familiarise themselves with the new mobile waste compaction machine. New and improved signs are also being installed so visitors know which materials go where.

The Oak Quarry site is now planned to re-open on Wednesday 10 April with summer opening hours of 9am to 5pm.

While the site is closed residents are asked to take their bulky household waste and recycling to their closest alternative centre:

  • Hempsted HRC near Gloucester, GL2 5FR (closed on Thursdays)
  • Wingmoor Farm HRC in Stoke Orchard, GL52 7RS (closed on Wednesdays)

However residents may prefer to plan their visit for after the closure to avoid potential queues at other sites. There is a full list of household recycling centres in Gloucestershire online here

All Gloucestershire recycling centres are now operating to summer opening hours from 9am - 5pm six days a week including bank holidays. Find out the opening hours and more information online at

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