Re-use and recycling centres and sites

Greenford road re-use and recycling centre

Location: Greenford Road, Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 9AP
Opening times: Mon-Sun, 8am–5pm (between 1 April-30 September) and 8am–4pm (between 1 October-31 March).
Weighbridge: 8am-4.30pm (1 April–30 September) and 8am-3.30pm (1 October–31 March) Please allow yourself plenty of time for unloading.
Tel: (020) 8578 5674

The centre is open all year round except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Most materials are collected separately and you will find it easier and quicker to separate items before visiting the recycling banks and re-use and recycling centres.

The following materials are accepted:

Material Type of material accepted and how to recycle it

Garden waste

All garden waste eg grass clippings, prunings, dead flowers.

No plastic bags should be put in the bin and large logs should be put in the wood bin. No food waste, large trees, soil, fallen fruit or plastic bags. The garden waste collection scheme and composting also provide an alternative to disposing of garden waste in the waste and recycling centres.

Metal

Any kind of Metal including washing machines, bicycles and cookers. Fridges or freezers kept separate from scrap metal.

Cardboard

All types.

DIY and building waste (including construction, demolition and excavation waste)

*Charges apply

All concrete, bricks, turf, paving slabs, soil, plasterboard, kitchen fittings cupboards and worktops, painted wood, skirting boards, wooden worktops, sheds, fences, rubble, rocks, stones, tarmac, decking, timber, plaster, roofing, tiles, slates, felt, windows, doors including glass and frames, wall and floor tiles, bathroom suites and fittings, pallets and any materials used in DIY, demolition, renovation and construction projects.  

Furniture

Furniture made of any material such as wood, metal or plastic and including wardrobes, chairs, draws, beds and sofa’s. Must be in a reasonable condition and comply with fire regulations

Electrical goods

hi-fi, computers, irons, vacuums, etc. and fluorescent tubes, low energy light bulbs.

Batteries

Small domestic batteries and car batteries. No lithium batteries.

Engine oil

Motor engine oil. Please keep separate from cooking oil.

Fridges and freezers

Please keep separate from scrap metal.

Glass bottles and jars

All glass bottles and jars of any colour. Please rinse out all containers. Glass bins are separated into clear, green and brown (blue glass should go into the green glass bin).

No drinking glasses, window glass, Pyrex, glass ornaments or any other glass objects.

Plastics

All types of household plastic - bottles, pots, tubs, and trays.

Please rinse plastic food and drink containers out first.

No polystyrene, pvc, clingfilm/wrap, bubble wrap

Cans, tins and aerosol cans

All food and drinks cans. Please rinse out cans and crush if possible taking care of any sharp edges.

No gas canisters or spray paints.

Paper

All newspaper, magazines, junk mail, directories and non-window envelopes.

Old clothes, other textiles and shoes

Any clothing including under garments, belts, bags, handkerchiefs, towels, bed linen, curtains, blankets, material.

Only shoe pairs - should be tied together or placed in a carrier bag.

CDs, videos and books

CDs, videos, books and records etc  accepted and re-sold by charity.

Mobile phones

Preferably dispose with the phone's charger enabling them to be repaired and re-used in some cases.

Spectacles

All types accepted and sent to the developing world for re-use.

Toner cartridges

All types accepted.

Paint

All types accepted and sent for re-use in the community.

Cooking oil 

Please keep separate from motor engine oil.

Mattresses

All mattresses accepted from non commercial properties. Charges will apply to landlords and private companies/organisations.

Carpet All types accepted including underlay. Charges will apply to landlords and private companies/organisations.

DIY or building waste 

DIY or building waste - non-residents
Anyone disposing of DIY, construction, demolition or excavation waste, or waste in a van, that is not a resident will be asked to enter the site via a weighbridge where a commercial charge will be applied.

DIY or building waste - residents
To verify residency the following forms of identification will be required:

  • Proof of address - bank statement, utility bill or council tax bill

and

  • Photo identification - driving licence (with address that matches the above)

Charges for DIY waste for residents

Anyone disposing of mixed loads of construction, demolition or DIY waste will have to enter the site via the weighbridge and will be charged at £23 per 100kg.   

Some DIY and construction items such as paint, carpets and underlay, and appliances like washing machines, fridges and freezers, will continue to be free of charge for residents, as long as they have been sorted for recycling and have provided the appropriate ID.

If you are carrying any of the waste listed below, you will be charged at the above rate:

  • Soil turf, fencing and sheds
  • Bricks, rubble, stones, slabs, wall and floor tiles, slates, roofing materials and tarmac
  • Plasterboard and plaster, timber, doors and windows, floorboards and skirting
  • Kitchen and bathroom units/fittings
  • Plumbing
  • Wiring

Please note: We do not accept any form of asbestos at the Greenford or Acton sites. View advice on what to do with asbestos

Weighbridge

The weighbridge is a facility that weighs and records commercial and household waste before disposal.

Residents using their own vehicle and carrying their own household waste in a vehicle below 1.8m/5'11 can enter the site via the height restricted, non-commercial entrance. Vehicles above this height or carrying commercial or DIY waste must enter the site via the weighbridge.

Visitors in hire vans that are carrying their own domestic household waste need to produce the following documents before they are allowed to tip free of charge:  

  • a copy of the hire agreement.
  • proof of address - bank statement or phone bill
  • photo identification - driving licence or passport

Vehicles must not exceed 3.5 tonnes (gross) weight.

The weighbridge is open daily (including weekends):

  • 1 April–30 September: 8am-4.30pm
  • 1 October–31 March: 8am-3.30pm

The weighbridge closes 30 minutes before the re-use and recycling centre closes. Due to height restrictions, all large vehicles and vans must exit the site before the weighbridge closes.   

Storage tanks and boilers

You can dispose of storage tanks and boilers at Greenford Road Re-use and Recycling centre as long as they do not contain any form of asbestos.