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Wandsworth Recycling Centre & Rubbish Tip

1 July 2022

Recycling centre and rubbish tip information summary for residents of Wandsworth

Looking for more information on the Wandsworth recycling centre and rubbish tip?  Well hoorah!  You're in the right place. This guide includes loads of details about the Wandsworth rubbish tip, including a map of where it is, the address, the opening hours, who can use it and which items are and are not accepted.  


Smugglers Way, Wandsworth, SW18 1JS

Opening hours: 

Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Saturday 8am to 6pm

Sunday 8am to 5pm


Location Map of Wandsworth recycling centre


wandsworth recycling centre map smugglers way



Other useful information for Wandsworth tip:

  • BOOK BEFORE YOU COME: here is a link to book a time
  • You can come to the recycling centre by car, motorbike, bicycle or on foot. There is a 2m height barrier.
  • Vehicle restrictions: Vans, cars over 2m high and cars with trailers are PROHIBITED
  • No commercial/ trade customers: Smugglers Way Wandsworth recycling centre is strictly for residents only.
  • Photo identification: Visitors must display a valid resident permit and ID on arrival which shows your Wandsworth address, such as a current UK photo-card driving license
  • Unloading: Site staff cannot help unload the waste unless you have proof of a disability



Items accepted at the Wandsworth recycling centre

Here is a detailed list of what can be accepted at the Wandsworth rubbish dump:

Aluminium: You can recycle aluminium cans in your clear recycling sack, green bin or your recycling bank, but not your foil.

Bikes: If beyond repair take it to the scrap metal bin.

Bricks & rubble: Residents can bring a small quantity of brick and building rubble by car.

Car batteries: You will find a Battery container in Recycling Bay A.

Cans: You can recycle your steel or aluminium cans by placing them in your clear sack, green bin or communal recycling bank.

Cardboard: You can recycle your cardboard using your clear sack, green bin or communal recycling bank or by delivering it to the Smugglers Way.

Carpets: Yes you can but it will not be possible to recycle it at this facility at present.

CDs & DVDs: Take them to the CD and DVD bank.

Clothing & Textiles: Skirts, Blouses, Dresses, Trousers, Shorts, Shirts, Jeans, T-shirts, Coats, Jackets, Underwear, Socks, Tracksuits, Nightwear, Towels, Duvet covers, Bed sheets, Pillowcases, Tea Towels, Swimwear, Ties, Scarves, Coats, Curtains, Cushion covers, Table cloths and napkins.  Please make sure they are clean and dry. Shoes, Boots, Belts, Hats and Handbags.

Electrical items: You can take most items to this HWRC where they can be recycled.

Engine oil: Do not mix used oil with other materials, such as paint or solvents, this makes recycling it very difficult.

Furniture: Furniture will be donated.

Fridges & freezers: If the fridge or freezer is in good condition they should be left in the Reuse area at the Centre (Bay B) and they will be passed on to local charities for resale.

Gas bottles: Bottles should be placed inside the Gas Bottle cage in Recycling Bay A.

Glasses: place in Recycling Bay A

Glass jars: Residents can recycle their glass bottles and jars by placing them in their clear recycling sack, green bin or recycling bank.  You just need to rinse the bottle or jar, do not replace the metal top or lid, and put the bottle/jar and top/lid into the recycling container separately.

Garden waste: You can bring your garden waste (grass cuttings, tree prunings, etc) where it will be transported to another facility to be composted. Some bits of garden waste are prohibited. please see the prohibited section below.

Junk mail: You can recycle junk mail in the clear recycling sack, green bin or communal recycling bank.

Light bulbs: Fluorescent tubes and energy-saving light bulbs can be recycled.

Microwaves: If staff do not feel your microwave is suitable for reuse, it will be passed for recycling.

Mobile phones: They should be placed in the TV’s and Monitors container for recycling.

Printer cartridges: They can be recycled.

Plastic Trays, Pots, Tubs & Plastic bottles: You can recycle plastic bottles using the communal recycling bank. Please rinse them and squash them before putting the top back on – this way you reduce the likelihood of the tops firing off during compaction in the collection vehicle or at the Recycling Facility.

Paint: Residents can dispose of unused paint of up to 10 litres at the Wandsworth Tip.  It is preferable if the paint is dry and hardened and so, to assist with the drying out process, residents should leave the lid off the paint container before bringing it in. Adding cat litter or sawdust will help the drying-out process further. If you have full or virtually full cans of paint (whether oil or water-based) please place them in the red Paint Container on Recycling Bay A and they will be collected by a charity who will provide them to the new housing association residents, free of charge.

Shoes: Be sure to tie them together in pairs as they can easily get separated and single shoes can’t be sold on. Place in Recycling Bay A.

Tyres: Do not place the tyres in a “Rubbish only” container as the burning of tyres causes toxic pollution.

TVs and monitors: Just leave them in Bay B.

Toys: If you live in the Western Riverside area, you can deliver toys that are in good condition to Rework, the Reuse Project at the Smugglers Way Household Waste and Recycling Centre.

Wood and timber including the following: Pallets, Wooden Packaging, Packing Cases, Fencing Products, Flat Pack Furniture, Chipboard, Plywood, Painted Woods, Stained & Varnished Woods, Mixed HWRC Woods, Demolition Wood and Wood-off cuts



Items prohibited at the Wandsworth rubbish tip

They cannot accept liquids or any hazardous waste, including the following.

Aerosols: It is no longer possible to recycle your empty aerosol cans using your clear sack, green bin or communal recycling bin as there is a danger of them causing fires. The Aerosols can be recycled when they are placed in the general waste stream (black bags).

Clothing & Textiles: Quilted bedding, Duvets, Sleeping Bags, Soft Bags, Cushions, Upholstered Furniture, Pillows, Beanbags, Large volumes of heavy blankets, Wellington Boots, Offcuts from the manufacturing process and Unfinished Garments.

Garden waste: Plants containing toxins (rhododendron, yew, ragwort, hemlock.) Soil comprising more than 0.5% by weight of any load delivered. Boulders, Bricks, Cobbles, Concrete, Tiles, Cement, Ceramics, and Timber that has been painted or treated with preservatives. Wire Strapping, Metal, Textiles or other materials that may damage or block processing comprising more than 1% by weight in any load delivered. Packaging waste, Glossy Magazines. Plastic bags or similar containers.

Plastic bags: You can find plastic bag recycling facilities in local supermarkets.

Mattresses: It is not possible to recycle mattresses at our Smugglers Way Household Waste and Recycling Centre at present.

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For a deeper look into local options to get rid of bulky waste in Wandsworth, please check out our guide to Wandsworth bulky waste collection and rubbish clearance.

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