Get election ready

The UK General Election is on 4 July. 
Register to vote by 18 June.
If you need to vote by post, you must apply to do this by 5pm on 19 June.
You need valid photo ID to vote in person. If you don’t have valid ID, apply by 5pm on 26 June for a Voter Authority Certificate.  
Find out more about voting and elections in Southwark

Reuse and Recycling Centre

What you can take to the Reuse and Recycling Centre

Don’t forget that many retailers offer to take back services where they can take away your old appliances when they deliver your new one. This can be a lot easier than bringing it in for disposal yourself. Household goods and furniture can also be donated to charity shops which use them to raise funds. 

You should not bring materials we already include in recycling collections, which should be put out for collection on your normal recycling collection day. You cannot bring in any waste produced by a business or by commercial activity.

Material/waste types

What happens to them

Can we take them now?

General mixed household waste

Some materials can be sorted from this, but most go to energy from waste

Yes

Batteries (household and car)

These are dismantled and the materials recycled

Yes

Building rubble and hardcore

Used for land remediation

Yes

Books

Sold for charitable and educational purposes

Yes

Computer equipment (make sure any personal data is removed first)

All electrical equipment is recycled, although usable equipment may be repaired for re-use

Yes

Electrical appliances, large and small

All electrical equipment is recycled, although usable equipment may be repaired for re-use

Yes

Electronic equipment

All electrical equipment is recycled, although usable equipment may be repaired for re-use

Yes

Fridges and freezers – domestic only

All electrical equipment is recycled, although usable equipment may be repaired for re-use

Yes

Furniture

Reused if in good condition, otherwise materials are recycled

Yes

Garden waste

Composted for use in agriculture

Yes

Gas bottles

Sent to be refilled, or recycled if not refillable

Yes

Household goods

Reused to recycled, depending on the condition

Yes

Lightbulbs (any kind, including fluorescent)

Recycled

Yes

Metal

Recycled

Yes

Mobile phones

Reused in working, otherwise recycled

Yes

Oil, used engine and cooking oil

Recycled for fuel

Yes

Plasterboard

Recycled for construction use or as a soil conditioner

Yes

Plastic bags/film

Recycled

Yes

Textiles, clothes and shoes

Sold on by charities for reuse, or recycled as industrial insulation material

Yes

Tyres

 Recycled as an industrial product

Yes

Wood, including chipboard

Recycled

Yes

You can find more information on our household waste reuse and recycling centre page.

Page last updated: 20 May 2024

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