Rubbish tips and HWRCs in London
Household waste recycling centre (HWRC), civic amenity site (CA site), local dump, or council rubbish tip - the place you go to get rid of stuff that you can’t put into your regular wheelie bin. Here is a guide to the council tips in London.
- Interactive map of London council tips and civic amenity sites – find your nearest tip
- Charges – do I have to pay to use the tip?
- DIY waste – does it cost extra to dispose of DIY and building waste at the tip?
- Frequency – how often can I go?
- Vehicle restrictions – are there restrictions on the type of vehicle that can enter?
- Opening hours – when can I visit?
- Booking – do I need to book in advance?
- Quietest time – what’s the best time to go?
- Identification – do I need to bring identification?
- Waste types – what am I allowed to dispose of at the tip?
- Alternatives to civic amenity sites
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All HWRCs in London are free for residents to use as long as they are disposing of household waste. There are however charges applied to those disposing of business or construction waste.
Generally, DIY waste is more expensive for the council to dispose of and as a result, some councils charge residents to remove this type of waste. In London, five local authorities state on their website that they charge extra for DIY waste. These sites are Acton, Greenford, Space Waye, Waldo Road and Churchfield Road.
Greenford and Acton charge £23 per 100kg of waste.
The staff on site at Hounslow’s Space Waye decide if your DIY waste is chargeable. If you have high volumes of DIY waste, you will be charged for disposal at the full trade waste rate. Here is a full list of their charges.
Currently, the minimum charge for disposing of DIY waste at Waldo Road and Churchfield is £23 and residents will be charged the same rate as trade or commercial waste. Here is a full price list for DIY/construction waste charges.
Western Road Reuse and Recycling Centre do not accept any DIY waste at all.
The majority of London rubbish tips have no limit on how often you visit. There are however two exceptions - Greenwich HWRC only allows one visit per month and Factory Lane in Croydon limits you to one visit per day.
It’s important to check what vehicle restrictions are in place at your local tip. Some sites have height restrictions in place for residents disposing of household waste. For example, Greenford recycling centre in Ealing only allows vehicles below 1.8m/5’11 through the non-commercial entrance and anyone using a hire van must provide documents of hire and identification/proof of address before they can tip free of charge.
Here is a table showing the opening hours of each household waste recycling centre in London:
The majority of London councils do not require you to book in advance, however some do. Out of the 36 London rubbish tips, 10 require you to book a slot in advance. They are the following sites:
- Barnet Civic Amenity Site
- Enfield, Barrowell Green Civic Amenity Site
- Bracknell Household Waste Recycling Centre
- Kingston Household Reuse and Recycling Centre
- Lambeth Household Recycling Centre
- Sutton Reuse and Recycling Centre
- Haringey, Western Road Reuse and Recycling Centre
- Islington, Hornsey Street Reuse and Recycling Centre
- Waltham Forest Reuse and Recycling Centre
- Merton Recycling and Reuse Centre
Some HWRCs have started to introduce a booking system to reduce queues but generally, the quietest time to visit a civic amenity site is early morning/late afternoon on a weekday. Weekends are usually the most hectic, so unless you have time to kill and don’t mind sitting in queues – avoid!
It’s important to know if your local household recycling centre needs you to bring proof of identification otherwise you may be turned away if you don’t have it. Seven London rubbish tips require some form of identification, these are:
- Lewisham Reuse and Recycling Centre – Proof of address
- New Years Green Lane – Hillingdon First card or a driving license and a household bill
- Southward Household Reuse and Recycling Centre – Driving license and tax bill/utility bill/bank statement
- Townmead Road Reuse and Recycling Centre – Richmond card or residents parking permit
- Gerpins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre – Council tax bill or driving license
- Fishers Farm Household Reuse and Recycling Centre – Driving license or parking permit
- Chigwell Road Reuse and Recycling Centre – Proof of address e.g. council tax bill or drivers license
Each HWRC has their own list of waste they can and can’t accept. You can find a list of permitted and prohibited items on their websites. For example, Merton Recycling and Reuse centre state on they only accept household general waste, garden waste, small electrical items and small bulky waste items.
If using a civic amenity site isn’t the right option for you, there are alternative ways to dispose of your bulky waste. You could use a council bulky waste collection service, give any items in good condition to charity, or hire a private waste contractor.