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Waltham Forest - South Access


Waltham Forest


South Access Road
E17 8AX

(via Markhouse Avenue, near Low Hall Manor Business Centre)

Opening Hours:

South Access Road Reuse and Recycling Centre is open:
Monday to Sunday: 8.45am to 4.15pm 

South Access Road Reuse and Recycling Centre is closed on Tuesday 23 April.

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 8509 3664

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

North London residents can take a van, pick-up or car with trailer to South Access Road 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 van booking procedure page.

Pedestrian access

Pedestrian access is available to the site.

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'.

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 South Access Road RRC each month. A standard rubble sack is 20” by 30” sack or equivalent. 

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.

Items not accepted here:

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 an 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 - 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 forfurther details.

Stats for site (recycling rates):

Between April 2015 – March 2016 this site achieved a recycling rate of 78%.