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Waltham Forest - Gateway Rd


Waltham Forest


Gateway Road, 
E10 5BY

Opening Hours:

Gateway Road Reuse and Recycling Centre is open:
Tuesday to Saturday: 8.30am to 4.30pm
Sunday: 8.30am to 3.30pm
Bank Holiday Mondays: 8.30am to 3.30pm

Gateway Road Reuse and Recycling Centre is closed:
Mondays (On bank holiday weekends the site is open on Bank Holiday Monday and then closed on a Tuesday instead.) 

From Friday 19 April to Tuesday 28 May, Gateway Road opening hours are changing slightly. The site will be open from 8.30am to 3.30pm everyday except closed on these Tuesdays: 23 April, 7 May, 28 May.

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:

There is currently no telephone number for this site.

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. 

Van and trailer policy

Vans, pick-ups and trailers over four foot (or those with twin axles when towed by a car) are not accepted at Gateway Road Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Height barrier restrictions

Items for reuse and recycling accepted here:

Items for general household waste accepted here:

Any household waste which is not recyclable or suitable for re-use should be placed in the container marked 'General Waste'.

Rubble policy
Each north London household can take up to six standard rubble sacks of rubble to Gateway Road RRC each month. A standard rubble sack is 20” by 30” sack or equivalent.

Items not accepted here:

Soil is not accepted at this site. Each north London household can take up to six standard rubble sacks of soil each month to other NLWA managed RRCs.

Asbestos, household chemicals and tyres are not accepted at this site. Asbestos is accepted at Hornsey Street RRC in Islington. You must pre-book with the site if you are planning to drop off asbestos. Full details can be found on the Hornsey Street RRC information page. Alternatively a free asbestos collection can be ordered from the City of London - please see below for details. 

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. 

Unwanted paint: To dispose of paint please contact the City of London on 020 7332 3433 or visit their household waste - waste hazardous waste webpage to organise a collection. Alternatively, some types of paint can be brought to this site for reuse through the Community RePaint scheme. Please see our paint reuse page for further details. 

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.    
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.

Stats for site (recycling rates):

Between April 2015 – March 2016 this site achieved a recycling rate of 73%.