South Access Road Household Waste and Recycling Centre

Recycle info


South Access Road, Walthamstow, E17 8AX (via Markhouse Avenue, near Low Hall Manor Business Centre)


020 8509 3664


About the site Click to get info

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

This site is only for residents to dispose of their waste and recycling.

Please note that the site: 

  • Has a height barrier which is restricted to 1.85 metres
  • Does not accept trade waste
  • Residents coming by van (A van is defined as a vehicle with no rear windows or no rear seats), pick up or car with a trailer (over four foot in length) must make an appointment to visit the site at least 24 hours in advance booking online or by calling 020 8509 3664.
  • You will need to take proof of residency and identification on the day of your booking to prove you are a resident of the borough. 
  • Each Waltham Forest household can take a van to South Access Household Waste and Recycling Centre up to five times a year (1 April - 31 March).

Site opening times Click to get info

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

What the site accepts Click to get info

  • Batteries 
  • Bicycles
  • Books
  • Car Batteries
  • Cooking Oil
  • Engine Oil
  • Fluorescent Light Tubes
  • Furniture 
  • Garden Waste
  • Gas Bottles
  • General Household Rubbish
  • Glass Bottles and Glass Jars
  • Hard Plastics
  • Hard-core and Rubble
  • Large Electrical Appliances
  • Lightbulbs
  • Mobile Phones
  • Paint
  • Paper, Card and Cardboard
  • Plastic Bottles, Trays and Tubs
  • Plasterboard
  • Printer Ink Cartridges
  • Rubble
  • Scrap Metal
  • Small Electrical Items
  • Soil
  • Tetra  Style Cartons
  • Textiles and Shoes
  • Tiles
  • Tins, Cans, Aerosols and Foil 
  • Tools for Reuse
  • Wood and Timber

Bringing rubble and soil Click to get info

Residents 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 or equivalent. These bags of rubble should contain any of the following combinations brick, concrete or paving stones.

  • Asbestos
  • Household chemicals
  • Tarmac
  • Trade waste
  • Tyres

Tarmac cannot be taken to any of our public sites in Waltham Forest and needs to be disposed of at Bywaters trade site, Gateway Road, Leyton. There is a charge to use this site.

Residents can use the Bywaters trade waste site at Gateway Road (turn left for the trade waste site). There will be a charge.


There is 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 as well as in the Second Time around Shop.

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


Any 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 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, but 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).

When residents place their organic waste in the brown bin or communal food waste bin, the organic waste is taken to a composting facility where it is turned into compost. Compost is available in 30 litre bags.  There is a limit of 2 bags per person per month.