Reuse and Recycling Centre

If you're a Southwark resident you can dispose of a wide range of unwanted household and garden items at the recycling centre for free. View our Reuse and Recycling Centre location on a map (PDF, 143kb). Commercial wastes of any kind are not accepted. Find a list of the waste types you can bring to the recycling centre.

You do not need to book an appointment to use the Reuse and Recycling Centre unless you're using a van or other vehicle designed to carry goods. See the permit process for obtaining a Van permit if you do wish to use the service using a van.

You can visit the Reuse and Recycling Centre in a car, as a pedestrian or as a cyclist to dispose of residential waste only, from your own home. 

When visiting the Reuse and Recycling Centre, you should wear sturdy footwear (not sandals or open shoes). You should wear a face mask or covering for your own protection and that of other site users

Opening hours

The recycling centre is open from 8.30am until 4.30pm every day except Christmas Day, Boxing day and New Year’s Day.

The busiest times are on Saturdays, Sundays and at the start and end of each day. You may have to queue if you visit during these times. There's usually no queue between 10am to 3pm on weekdays.

Bring valid identification

To use the service, you'll need to provide evidence that you're a resident of Southwark. If you do not have valid identification you will not be allowed access to the Reuse and Recycling Centre. When you visit, you must bring one of the following forms of identification which shows your Southwark address:

  • current driving license
  • current Council Tax bill

You must not visit the Recycling Centre if you have any symptoms of coronavirus

See the government’s Staying safe and social distancing guidance.

Page last updated: 20 May 2024


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