Islington – Hornsey Street

Islington – Hornsey Street

020 8884 5645

40 Hornsey Street
N7 8HU
United Kingdom

Monday 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 9am - 4pm
Thursday 9am - 4pm
Friday 9am - 4pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm
Sunday and Public Holidays 9am - 4pm

Hornsey Street is an NLWA managed site. For telephone enquiries about booking a visit to Hornsey Street RRC, call the site number, 020 8884 5645.

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

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Important notice

Restrictions are in place at all reuse and recycling centres to ensure social distancing guidelines can be adhered to and to make sure that residents are able to dispose of their waste safely. Visit our COVID-19 information page for more information.

Restrictions on hardcore and rubble

Each North London household can take up to six standard rubble sacks of soil/rubble to an RRC each month. This includes concrete, brick, stones, pebbles, soil, sand and gravel. A standard rubble sack is 51cm by 76cm (20 inches by 30 inches) or equivalent.

Entry requirements

Height barrier restriction: 1.9m

Book a visit

To book a visit for a car, you need to book a time slot to visit an RRC. You can book a slot for a minimum of 24 hours in advance (i.e. the next day), and up to two weeks ahead. Read more about visiting an RRC by car, bike or foot on our Making a Car, Bike or Pedestrian Booking page.

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Pedestrian access: Residents bringing waste on foot or by bike 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. 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.

Book a visit for van or trailer

For visits in a van, please make a booking at least 24 hours in advance of your visit. Proof of residency, such as a utility bill is required for van bookings. Read more about visiting an RRC in van or trailer on our Making a Van or Trailer Booking page.

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Commercial/trade waste

Trade (commercial) waste is not accepted at any of our RRCs. However, we have created a list of some local facilities that do accept trade waste. 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.

Materials accepted

Any household waste which is not recyclable or suitable for reuse 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 Hornsey Street RRC each month. A standard rubble sack is a 20" by 30" (51cm by 76cm) sack or equivalent.


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 small 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. 

Furniture reuse

Furniture provided at this RRC goes to the Second Time Around reuse shop, located within the Kings Road RRC, 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 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 works 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 of the bicycles set aside at the RRCs which are not suitable for reuse are recycled.

Charity Waste

Eligible charities can take up to five tonnes of non-hazardous waste/recycling each year, free of charge, to three of our Reuse and Recycling Centres (RRCs): Summers LaneHornsey Street or South Access (in the London boroughs of Barnet, Islington and Waltham Forest respectively). Read more on Taking Charity Waste to North London Reuse and Recycling Centres.

Materials not accepted

Hard plastics

We do not accept 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. Any hard plastic item that is not reusable should be put into the container marked for disposal.

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 hazardous waste webpage.

Unwanted paint

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

Paint is not currently accepted at Hornsey Street RRC. Due to the risk of COVID-19 virus transmission we are currently unable to allow residents to take paint away for reuse.