Smugglers Way, SW18 1JS - information for cars, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists only

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Car Opening Times

Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm
Saturday 8am to 6pm
Sunday 8am to 5pm
(Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Normal opening hours apply on all other Bank Holidays)

Materials Accepted

We will accept any household items for waste disposal, as long as they are not hazardous. Liquid wastes such as paint and household chemicals are not accepted. However we would encourage you to recycle as much of your waste as possible. You can leave the following items for recycling at Smugglers Way:

  • Batteries (lead acid, dry cell and rechargeable)
  • Bicycles
  • Books
  • Cans, tins and empty aerosols
  • CD and DVD players
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Cooking oil
  • Electrical or electronic items (large or small)
  • Engine oil
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Furniture
  • Gas bottles
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Green waste
  • IT equipment (PCs, laptops, faxes, hard drives, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, etc.)
  • Light bulbs (including energy-saving light bulbs)
  • Mobile phones
  • Paper and card
  • Plastic bottles, tubs, pots and trays
  • Rubble, bricks, tiles and concrete (No soil or Breeze blocks),
  • Scrap metal
  • Spectacles
  • Televisions
  • Textiles and shoes (no duvets or pillows)
  • Toner cartridges
  • Wood

If you are dropping off one of the following items, and they are in good cosmetic condition, even if they do not work, we will be able to accept them for Reuse  if you place them in Bay B (Reuse Area). 

  • Furniture
  • Large Appliances (i.e Cookers, Fridges, Freezers, Microwaves, Washing Machines)
  • Flat Screen Televisions and Monitors
  • Bicycles


Visitor Information

Before you visit:

  • Please sort your waste and recycling before you visit to help prevent traffic congestion on the site.
  • Please note that you will now have to lift your waste or recycling over a 1.1 metre safety barrier into a container below, so where possible make sure your items are light enough to lift yourself if you are visiting the site alone.
  • If an item is particularly heavy and requires two people to load it into the car, then it will take two people to offload the item and lift it over the barrier into a container.
  • You can only bring household waste and recycling to the Household Waste and Recycling Centre. Trade waste is accepted, but a charge applies. Declaring trade waste as household waste is against the law.

When you visit:

  • You will not be allowed to bring materials into the site on foot from a vehicle parked outside.
  • Cars and motorcycles should use the main "Cars Only" entrance. Pedestrians and cyclists should use the pedestrian access gate a few metres further west of the main car entrance.
  • Please drive carefully - children and pets must remain in vehicles at all times.
  • There are signs including material symbols to guide you to the correct drop off points.
  • Please reverse your vehicle into the bay.
  • If you're not sure where to put things or need any advice, please ask a member of staff.
  • Please note that the site staff are not permitted to assist with the offloading of vehicles or the moving and lifting of heavy items.
  • If your items are particularly heavy and cannot be lifted or broken down please ask a member of staff where you can place them.

Contact Details

Tel: 020 8871 2788
Fax: 020 8875 8887


Interesting Facts

In the 30 minutes it takes for the London Eye to go round once, Londoners produce rubbish weighing as much as 30 double decker buses!