Reuse and Recycling Centre

General information

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

In order to use the service, you'll be asked to show evidence that you're a resident at a household address in Southwark. If you do not have a valid ID you will not be allowed access to the Reuse and Recycling Centre. When you visit, you must bring current valid ID information which shows your Southwark address, such as a current photo-card driving license and one of the following:

  • current Council Tax bill
  • recent utility bill
  • recent bank statement

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 March 2023


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