Villiers Road Household Reuse and Recycling Centre

What you can bring to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre and how to book a visit.

Who can visit

You can take recyclable and non-recyclable household waste to the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre if you’re a Kingston resident.

If you’re visiting in a car or van, you must book a slot to visit the tip.


Book a slot using your car’s registration number. You can visit up to 20 times a year.


Book a slot using your van’s registration number. You can visit up to 12 times a year.

We will accept bookings for vans including:

  • hire vans
  • pick-up trucks
  • minibuses with 10 seats or more
  • any vehicle that has side panels instead of rear windows
  • any vehicle where the seats have been permanently removed
  • vehicles and trailers that are less than 5 metres combined length

Walking and cycling

If you’re walking or cycling, you can only visit the centre on Saturdays and Sundays from 3.15pm to 4pm. 

You do not need to book and you can visit as many times a year as you want.

Maximum visits a year

We limit how many times residents can visit the recycling centre each year. This helps us make sure that people are not illegally disposing of commercial waste.

If you’re getting close to your limit and need to request more visits, you can apply for an exemption.

What you can bring

All items must be from your own home or garden. Make sure you sort items before you arrive to make your visit quicker and easier.

Items that can be reused

Bring items in good condition and donate them for reuse, including:

  • furniture
  • electronics and appliances
  • bicycles
  • books
  • toys

Recycling and general waste

There are separate containers for different items, so make sure you’ve sorted them before your visit to save time.

You can bring:

  • paper and magazines including shredded paper
  • card and cardboard
  • plastic bottles and household plastic containers  
  • rigid plastics like toys, garden furniture, plant pots  
  • glass bottles and jars  
  • food and drink cans  
  • scrap metal  
  • garden waste - no animal bedding
  • wood and timber
  • textiles in non-reusable condition like bedding, towels and cloth
  • engine oil  
  • cooking oil  
  • car and household batteries  
  • fluorescent tubes and long-life bulbs  
  • broken electricals and appliances - make sure you remove batteries and dispose separately
  • soil and rubble
  • plasterboard  
  • bric-a-brac
  • liquid food and drinks cartons (Tetra Pak)
  • lawnmowers and garden machinery - make sure you empty all oil and petrol first
  • mattresses
  • carpets
  • non-recyclable household waste
  • disposable vapes
  • DIY waste
  • You can bring up to 6 rubble bags of DIY waste per visit, including:
  • bricks 
  • tiles
  • plasterboard
  • soil
  • paving stones
  • fixtures and fittings such as baths, sinks, boilers and radiators
  • water-based paint (with the lid off and the paint dried) 

All other construction waste is considered commercial waste and is not accepted at the recycling centre.

If you have a large amount of DIY waste to dispose of, consider hiring a skip or paying a registered waste carrier to remove it for you and dispose of it at a licensed facility.

We cannot accept

Hazardous items

This includes:

  • asbestos
  • chemicals
  • gas bottles - return these to the supplier
  • oil-based paints or varnishes
  • tyres - take these to local garages or where you got your new tyres from

You can book a collection for some kinds of hazardous waste.

Commercial waste

We cannot accept commercial waste or trade waste. This includes waste from:

  • any form of employment or commercial enterprise
  • any property other than your own home, including homes you own but rent out to someone else
  • contractors and tradesmen working in your home
  • vehicle parts and tyres
  • construction if it’s more than 6 rubble bags

Large and heavy vehicles

Large and heavy vehicles cannot use the site, including vehicles:

  • over 1.8 metres in height
  • over 5 metres in length including vehicle and trailer combined
  • over 3.5 tonnes maximum weight like lorries
  • with more than 4 wheels
  • with high sides, including Luton-style box vans
  • false-sided
  • tipper trucks

Book a slot

Book your visit

You can only visit once during your booked slot.

The last entry for cars and vans is 15 minutes before closing.

Opening hours

The recycling centre is open:

  • Monday to Friday: 7.30am to 4.45pm
  • Saturday: 7.30am to 4pm 
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays: 9am to 4pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays: 3.15pm to 4pm for people walking or cycling

Proof of address

You may be asked for proof that you live in Kingston, so bring proof of address like your driving licence or a recent Council Tax bill.

Amend or cancel a booking

Use the link in your booking confirmation email to amend or cancel a booking. If you do not and you miss your slot, the visit will be counted in your allowance for the year.

Donating items for reuse

Reusing items is better for the environment than recycling them because it doesn’t require the energy or processing that recycling does. But finding your preloved items a new home can be tricky.

At Villiers Road Household Reuse and Recycling Centre, we not only help you recycle, but help you reuse too.

Residents are encouraged to donate items in clean, reusable condition to the reuse drop-off point. These items will then be taken to Community Reuse Shops in neighbouring South London Waste Partnership boroughs and sold at a discounted rate to residents and visitors.

We accept all items in good condition, but don’t forget that you can also donate items to your local charity shop or share them with your neighbours using Freegle.

For more information, watch the video below:

Last Modified: 15/01/2024 11:14:50