This is a list of the main items that can be taken to this site. If you have an item not listed and are unsure whether you can take it to an RRC, use our A-Z search function:
Any household waste which is not recyclable or suitable for reuse should be placed in the container marked 'General Waste'.
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, sand and gravel. A standard rubble sack is 51cm by 76cm (20 inches by 30 inches) or equivalent.
**Please note that we are not currently able to recycle soil so it would need to go in our general waste container.
Furniture provided at this RRC goes to the 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.
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 Lane, Hornsey 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
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 Reuse 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.
Asbestos is 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 through their hazardous waste collection and disposal service for London residents.
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.
Tyres are not accepted at this site.
Leftover water-based paint is accepted for reuse at Gateway Road RRC. This leftover paint is also available for residents to take away for free from these sites. Solvent-based waste paint is classed as hazardous waste so needs to be handled by a specialist contractor. To dispose of solvent-based paint, please contact the City of London on 020 7332 3433 or visit their household hazardous waste webpage to organise a free collection from your home.
Register, Request, Reuse!
If you’re a local organisation or individual whose operations are based in Barnet, Enfield, Camden, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, or Waltham Forest, we want to hear from you.
Using the easy online form, tell us: who you are; what type of materials/items you’re seeking; the quantity; a bit more about collection logistics; and what you intend to do with the materials.
Please note: this is an interest-gathering exercise, and we cannot guarantee the supply of any items for your project. Please be as specific as you can with what you intend to do with any materials collected.
Gateway Road RRC is an NLWA managed site.