Gateway Road Reuse and Recycling Centre

Waltham Forest – Gateway Road

Gateway Road
E10 5BY
United Kingdom

Monday Closed
Tuesday 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday 8.30am - 4.30pm
Thursday 8.30am - 4.30pm
Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm
Saturday 8.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday 8.30am - 3.30pm

Gateway Road RRC is an NLWA managed site.

Gateway Road RRC is closed on Mondays (on bank holiday weekends the site is open on Bank Holiday Monday between 8.30am and 3.30pm and then closed on a Tuesday instead). 

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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.

A new booking system has been introduced to minimise queuing time but queues are still expected.

Please make sure you have a valid booking and have checked the conditions of entry before you leave home. These are in place to ensure the safety of site staff and visitors. If you do not comply with the conditions of entry you will be turned away from the site.

Opening hours and waste types accepted may be subject to change.

Conditions of entry

-Visitors will need a valid booking before they leave home (including for pedestrians and those on a bicycle), or entry will be refused

- For visits in a van, please make a booking here at least 24 hours in advance of your visit. Proof of residency, such as a utility bill is required for van bookings

-A limited number of cars will be allowed on site at one time

-Pedestrians (and those on bicycles) will need a valid booking

-A phone booking system will be in place for those with no internet access

-A maximum of two people should leave the car when on site

-Visitors should keep 2m from other people when on site

-Site staff will not be available to help with unloading – please make sure you can carry your items by yourself

-Please treat staff with respect and follow staff instructions at all times 

-A list of accepted waste types is below


Entry requirements

Height barrier restriction: 1.6m

Van and trailer policy

Vans, pick-ups and trailers over 4ft (or those with twin axles when towed by a car) are not accepted at Gateway Road RRC. 

Commercial/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.

Pedestrian access

Pedestrian access is available to the site.

Materials accepted

Any household waste which is not recyclable or suitable for reuse 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 a 20" by 30" (51cm by 76cm) sack or equivalent.

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.

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.


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.


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. 


Tyres are not accepted at this site.

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 for reuse is not currently accepted owing to the risk of virus transmission.