Amenity skips and refuse tips

Western Riverside Household Waste and Recycling Centre (also known as civic amenity sites or public tips) is situated at Smugglers Way, Wandsworth, SW18.

Please note: Cringle Dock Household Waste and Recycling Centre is now closed to the public dropping off waste or recyclables in a car.

The site is provided by Western Riverside Waste Authority, for the residents of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth, Wandsworth and Westminster to deposit household waste and recycling from their own residence, free of charge.

Important Notice: If you intend to use anything other than a car to take your recycling and rubbish to this site, then you must pre-notify Western Riverside Waste Authority of your arrival and provide proof of identity when you arrive at site.

You can check average queue times at the Smugglers Way HWRC and view indicative data (click on Average Queue Times in the top right hand corner) on the Smugglers Way website. This will help you to plan your trip to the centre in advance, and avoid the busiest times.     

See also Mini Recycling Centres.

Western Riverside

Cars under two metres in height (without trailers) can freely use the Household Waste and Recycling Centre at Smugglers Way during the opening hours detailed below and no pre-notification of arrival is necessary.

If you are arriving in a car to tip a fridge/freezer you will not need to seek authorisation, but you will if you are arriving in a van.

Important Notice: From 1 April 2013, all industrial waste (DIY type waste) delivered to the Smugglers Way in a van will be charged for.

Residents can continue to deliver small quantities of industrial waste to the Smugglers Way Household Waste and Recycling Centre in a car, but frequency of visits will be monitored. Any residents arriving too frequently with industrial waste will be directed to the Weighbridge Office to pay disposal costs - read more on the Western Riverside Waste Authority website.

Address: Smugglers Way, Wandsworth, SW18 1JS, Telephone 020 8871 2788
Opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday — 9am to 4pm
  • Saturday — 8am to 6pm
  • Sunday — 8am to 5pm
  • closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

Car batteries and household batteries can be taken to this site where the sulphuric acid is drained and the metal sent for recycling.

What can I recycle at this site?

As well as paper and card, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, empty aerosols, tins and cans and food and drink cartons, you can deposit the following for recycling or reuse:

  • TVs and monitors
  • furniture
  • IT equipment 
  • printer cartridges
  • lightbulbs (including energy-saving lightbulbs) 
  • bicycles
  • electrical appliances (large and small)
  • garden waste
  • fluorescent tubes
  • fridges and freezers
  • scrap metal
  • hardcore and rubble
  • mobile phones
  • wood and timber
  • gas bottles
  • engine oil
  • textiles, clothes and shoes
  • batteries
  • books

Please note: There is a height restriction at Smugglers Way. Therefore, only green waste, rubble and electrical appliances can be accepted for recycling from vans or trailers.

Cringle Dock

Cringle Dock Reuse and Recycling Centre has now closed to the public dropping off waste or recyclables in a car. However it remains open to traders and residents dropping off waste or recyclables in vans, following registration of vans and production of valid ID on arrival.

Residents dropping off household waste and recyclables in cars, on foot or by bicycle can use the newly refurbished Smugglers Way Recycling Centre in Wandsworth, SW18.