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Islington - Hornsey Street


Hornsey Street Reuse and Recycling Centre

40 Hornsey Street
N7 8HU


Opening Hours:

Important notice

In light of the developing situation around COVID-19/Coronavirus, our reuse and recycling centres (RRCs) will not be open to the public for the foreseeable future. This is to enable us to comply with the latest Government guidance on measures to slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes the instruction to members of the public not to travel unless it’s essential, and not to gather in groups larger than two.

We will continue to work with our contractors and borough partners to take appropriate action to ensure that north London continues to provide an effective waste collection and disposal service to residents, and to ensure the safety of our staff. Click here for more information.


Hornsey Street Reuse and Recycling Centre is open:
Monday to Saturday: 8am to 8pm
Sunday and Public Holidays: 8.30am to 8pm 

Please note - The site is occasionally closed for short periods of time during operational hours to allow containers to be moved or changed.

Update - Hard plastics 

As of March 2018 we changed our policy on accepting hard plastics such as children’s toys and hard plastic containers. There is no longer a cost-effective market for recycling such goods. We regret that we will not therefore be accepting hard plastics for recycling at this site unless the items are in a good condition and can be reused. Any reusable hard plastic items such as toys will be put aside for collection and delivery to the Second Time Around shop at the Kings Road Reuse and Recycling Centre where they will be sold. Any hard plastic item that is not reusable should be put into the container marked for disposal


Contact phone number for site:

020 8884 5645    

In case of difficulties please email NLWA at post@nlwa.gov.uk for a response during office working hours.

The RRC is for the use of residents only for the disposal of household waste. Commercial, trade or industrial waste is not permitted. 

Businesses and traders have a duty of care under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act, 1990, to dispose of their waste and recycling in a legal and proper manner. Businesses should contact the Environment Agency for further information. 

Height barrier restrictions


Van and trailer policy

North London residents can take a van, pick-up or trailer to Hornsey Street RRC on any day of the week. Each household can take a van, pick-up or trailer to an RRC up to five times a year. If you want to take a van, pick-up or trailer to an RRC you must pre-book with the site and give 24 hours notice and take proof of residency and a form of identification (ID). For further details of how to make a van, pick-up or trailer booking please see our booking procedure page.

Resolving the smell from Hornsey Street Recycling Centre

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) is investigating the smell along Eden Grove and George’s Road in the London Borough of Islington and how best to eliminate it. The unpleasant odour that has been reported in the area is originating from the Hornsey Street waste transfer facility, reuse and recycling centre and transport operations associated with waste collection activities. The waste transported to the facility includes separately collected food and garden waste, which make an important contribution to north London’s overall recycling rate, and also residual waste, which contains food too.

NLWA is aware of the problem and is working with the London Borough of Islington and the other north London boroughs to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.
 In terms of the facility itself, in partnership with LB Islington, NLWA is undertaking a review of the building and the equipment used to see what further action could be taken to help manage the odour. New ‘neutralising agents’ have been introduced as part of a temporary odour management system that breaks down odours. The Authority has also arranged for more regular and thorough cleaning of the site, and of equipment and bins to reduce odour caused by traces of old waste.
NLWA is taking this issue seriously and working to address it. You can read our full statement here. Regular progress updates are also being made available on London Borough of Islington’s website
, on a dedicated webpage.

Pedestrian access

Residents wishing to bring waste to Hornsey Street RRC should take the material to the pedestrian drop-off point at the Hornsey Street depot entrance. Please note that this drop-off point is only in operation during the opening hours stated above. Staff will arrange for these materials to be transferred to the RRC and recycled where possible. Asbestos or other hazardous material will NOT be accepted at the drop off point. Alternatively, pedestrians may use any public mixed recycling points (which take paper, glass, cans, plastic bottles and cardboard) including those on the corner of Caledonian Road and Cottage Road, opposite Caledonian Road tube station.

Items for reuse and recycling accepted here:

Items for general household waste accepted here:


Asbestos disposal 
North London residents can dispose of cement bonded asbestos at the site for disposal in deep landfill. You must pre-book with the site if you are planning to drop off asbestos. Call 020 8884 5645 to make an appointment. 

Site staff will need to:

- Check that there is enough space in the asbestos container

- Know how much asbestos you need to dispose of

Before taking the asbestos waste to the RRC, please ensure that it is double wrapped in thick polythene sheeting and fully sealed with strong tape, or alternatively that smaller pieces are sealed in thick plastic sacks. You should take care not to break any material into pieces to fit into a bag. Under no circumstances should you use a saw or disc cutter to reduce the size of the sheets as this will generate asbestos dust.

Alternatively, a free asbestos collection can be ordered from the City of London through their hazardous waste collection and disposal service for London residents.

Soil and rubble policy
Each north London household can take up to six standard rubble sacks of soil and six standard rubble sacks of rubble to Hornsey Street RRC each month. A standard rubble sack is 20” by 30” sack or equivalent.  

Furniture reuse
Furniture provided at this RRC goes to the Second Time Around reuse shop, located within the Kings Road Reuse and Recycling Centre, Waltham Forest, where they are inspected and safety checked. Items in the shop are priced affordably offering residents the opportunity to get an item they need or want for a fraction of the cost they would do if purchased new. 

Furniture such as upholstered furniture without a fire label, with missing parts, damage that may make the item unsafe or which fail the quality inspection for any other reason will not be accepted at the shop, but will be sent for recycling where possible.

Bicycle reuse scheme operating at this RRC
We currently have a bicycle reuse scheme in operation with Recycle your Cycle.  Recycle your Cycle work with the UK prison service to provide training in the refurbishment of bicycles. Bicycles are then sold on through charity shops across the country (and also in the Reuse Shop Second Time Around). 

Please note that any bicycles set aside at the RRC's which are not suitable for reuse are recycled.

Items not accepted here:

Household and garden chemicals
Household and garden chemicals are not accepted at this site. The City of London provides a free hazardous waste collection service for residents in north London. For advice on hazardous waste such as household and garden chemicals please contact the City of London on 020 7332 3433 or visit their household waste - hazardous waste webpage.

Trade waste
Trade (commercial) waste is not accepted at any of our RRCs, however there are some local facilities that do accept trade waste, which you can find a list of here. Please note that this list has been provided in good faith, but should not be taken as exhaustive or as an endorsement of the companies listed. Site staff reserve the right to reasonably investigate all vehicles. If you are suspected of disposing of trade/commercial or 3rd party waste, the site staff have the right to refuse the vehicle entry into the RRC. 

Unwanted paint
To dispose of paint please contact the City of London on 020 7332 3433 or visit their household waste - hazardous waste webpage to organise a collection.

Stats for site (recycling rates):

Between April 2015 – March 2016  this site achieved a recycling rate of 71%.