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Reuse and recycling centre

Information about the reuse and recycling centre on Landmann Way in New Cross, including who can use the centre, when it is open and what you can recycle.

Who can use the centre

You can only use the reuse and recycling centre if you live in the Lewisham borough. You must bring ID with you to prove you are a resident.

These have to be original documents, we won't accept electronic copies.

Proof of ID and address

We accept:

  • current photo driving licence
  • current Blue Badge parking permit.

Separate proof of identity and proof of address

For proof of identity, we accept:

  • passport

  • work ID

  • gym membership with photo

  • medical card

  • national insurance card

  • credit or debit card.

For proof of address, we accept:

  • gas, electricity or telephone bill, no more than four months old

  • water bill, no more than 12 months old

  • bank, credit card or building society statement, no more than four months old

  • current council rent book or council tenancy agreement

  • council tax bill, less than 12 months old

  • housing association tenancy agreement or housing association rent book.

We do not accept any other proof of address or identity.

Opening hours

1 April–30 September opening hours

Sunday to Friday (last vans 6.30pm and last cars 6.50pm):    8am–7pm

Saturday (last vans 11.30am and last cars 11.50am):              8am–12 noon

Bank holidays (last vans 6.30pm and last cars 6.50pm):         8am–7pm

1 October–31 March opening hours

Sunday to Friday (last vans 3.30pm and last cars 3.50pm):    8am–4pm

Saturday (last vans 11.30am and last cars 11.50am):              8am–12 noon

Bank holidays (last vans 3.30pm and last cars 3.50pm):         8am–4pm

25 and 26 December, 1 January:                                                   closed

The site is very busy on weekends, especially on Saturdays when the centre closes at 12 noon.

On Saturdays, we may not allow cars with seats that are down or removed to enter after 11.30am, depending on the size of load. You may have to complete a non-trade declaration form. This does not apply if your car has the seats up.

What you can recycle

You can recycle:

  • aerosols

  • mirrors

  • CDs and DVDs

  • cartons

  • furniture (reuse first)

  • tools

  • glass

  • textiles

  • scrap metal

  • cans and tins

  • paper and card

  • electrical items (small and large)

  • all light bulbs

  • plastic bottles, trays and tubs

  • hard plastics

  • car batteries and household batteries

  • TVs and monitors

  • used cooking oil

  • garden waste (garden pruning, dead plants, grass cuttings, and small tree branches)

  • plant pots and garden ornaments

  • fridges and freezers (domestic only)

  • garden table and chairs

  • gas bottles

  • sofas (reuse first)

  • books (reuse first)

  • mattresses

  • wood, MDF and chipboard (such as wooden furniture/toys).

We will count and record the number of TVs, monitors, fridges and freezers you deposit, and we may ask you to complete a form. Make sure any fridges and freezers are empty. Please see our garden waste collection service for an easy and convenient way to dispose of your garden waste.

What you can't recycle

We cannot accept:

  • car tyres
  • soil and stones
  • rubble
  • hardcore
  • bathroom suites
  • window frames
  • general DIY waste
  • kitchen units
  • concrete fence posts
  • water tanks
  • toilets
  • plasterboards
  • worktops
  • paint and solvents
  • landlord waste
  • trade waste, including waste removed by a private contractor for a resident.

This is not an exhaustive list.

Waste is accepted at the site manager's discretion. We reserve the right to refuse entry to the site if we believe that unreasonable use is taking place or trade/business waste is being disposed of.

DIY waste

We do not accept DIY waste. DIY waste is items created from the construction, demolition, alteration or repair of a home or garden. For example decking, sinks, radiators, fence panels, bags of soil, slabs and bricks.

To dispose of DIY waste, rubble, soil or stones you can hire a skip or Hippo bags, or contact a licensed waste carrier.

Site rules

Our site rules are:

  • You should pre-sort items so you can dispose of them quickly and help the speed of traffic flow.

  • You can't park your vehicles outside the site and walk items in.

  • We will reject vehicles with inappropriate loads.

  • We may inspect the load in your vehicle before you enter the site and while you unload.

Van drivers

There are special rules for van drivers:

  • If your van contains a mix of unacceptable and acceptable loads we will reject it.

  • You can only bring your van in four times each financial year.

  • Trailers and open backed vehicles are not allowed.

  • Commercial vehicles are not allowed to use the site, except for authorised contractors.

  • If you hire a van and drive it yourself, you are allowed on site.

  • 'Man and van' vehicles are not allowed, even if hired by a resident.

Hazardous waste collection

Household chemicals, paints and solvents are not accepted onsite. The City of London provide a free hazardous household waste collection service, including paint and asbestos for Lewisham residents. For advice or to book a collection visit the City of London's website or call 020 7332 3433.

Reuse and recycling centres in neighbouring boroughs

You can use the reuse and recycling centres in Bexley and Bromley, but there is a fixed charge for every visit by non-residents.

  • In Bexley, you will be charged £10 a visit.

  • In Bromley, you will be charged £3 a visit for household waste.

Bromley may also accept soil, brick, DIY, rubble and construction waste for a fee according to weight. The minimum charge is £21 and vehicles must use the weighbridge for an exact price.

Check their websites for up-to-date information:


Reuse and recycling centre

Civic Amenities Site, Landmann Way, London, SE14 5RS
Telephone: 020 8314 9303

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