South Access Road Household Waste and Recycling Centre

Recycle info


Reuse and Recycling centres have now closed. We are working with contractors and borough partners to make sure we maintain crucial waste services. There are a series of sensible steps for residents to take: minimise waste as much as possible, use recycling kerbside collections, home compost where possible, don’t put out waste which can be sensibly stored at home for a period of time.

This site is for residents to dispose of their waste and recycling. It does not accept trade waste.

Opening times

  • Monday to Sunday: 8.45am to 4.15pm
  • Closed on 25 December, 26 December and 1 January

This site is owned and managed by the North London Waste Authority.

Address and telephone Click to get info

South Access Road
E17 8AX

Entry via Markhouse Avenue, near Low Hall Manor Business Centre.

Telephone:  07794 071887

Arriving by van Click to get info

You must book an appointment, at least 24 hours in advance, if you plan to come by:

  • van (a vehicle with no rear windows or no rear seats)
  • pick-up
  • car with trailer (over four feet long)

When you arrive, you need to bring:

  • identification
  • proof you live in the borough

You can find a list of acceptable forms of identification and book an appointment on the Wise Up To Waste website.

Each Waltham Forest household can take a van to this site a maximum of five times a year.

The site has a height barrier restricted to 1.85 metres

Accepted items Click to get info

The site accepts the following items:

  • batteries 
  • bicycles
  • books
  • car batteries
  • cooking oil
  • engine oil
  • electrical appliances (small and large)
  • fluorescent light tubes
  • furniture 
  • garden waste
  • gas bottles
  • general household rubbish
  • glass bottles and glass jars
  • hard plastics
  • hardcore and rubble
  • light bulbs
  • mobile phones
  • paint
  • paper, card and cardboard
  • plastic bottles, trays and tubs
  • plasterboard
  • printer ink cartridges
  • rubble
  • scrap metal
  • soil
  • 'Tetra' style cartons
  • textiles and shoes
  • tiles
  • tins, cans, aerosols and foil 
  • tools (for reuse)
  • wood and timber

Non-accepted items Click to get info

The site does not accept the following:

  • asbestos
  • household chemicals
  • tarmac
  • trade waste
  • tyres

Disposing of tarmac

Tarmac can not be taken to any of our public waste and recycling sites. It can be disposed of at Bywaters Trade Site, Gateway Road, Leyton. There is a charge to use this site.

Bringing rubble and soil Click to get info

You can bring:

  • up to six standard rubble sacks of soil each month
  • up to six standard rubble sacks of rubble each month

A standard rubble sack is 20 inches by 30 inches.

Bags of rubble can contain brick, concrete and paving stones.

Disposing of trade waste Click to get info

For trade waste disposal, please use Bywaters Trade Waste site at Gateway Road (turn left for the trade waste site). There will be a charge to dispose of trade waste.


There is a bicycle re-use 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 as well as in the Second Time Around shop at Kings Road Reuse and Recycling Centre, Chingford.

Any bicycles that are disposed of at site, that are not suitable for reuse, are recycled.


Furniture that is suitable to be used again will be inspected, safety checked and sold at the Second Time Around shop at Kings Road Reuse and Recycling Centre, Chingford.

Furniture that is not suitable to be used again, such as upholstered furniture without a fire label, or with missing parts, will be sent for recycling where possible.


Paint bought to this site is reused as part of the Community Re-Paint scheme. Residents and community groups can purchase the paint at a reduced price by visiting the Forest Recycling Project (FRP).