Update on Household Reuse and Recycle Centre

Cllr Hilary Gander, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainable Transport gives an update on the status of Kingston's Household Reuse and Recycle Centre


‘I'd like to thank our waste collection and street cleaning crews for their continued hard work during these difficult times. It's been wonderful seeing all the messages of support and drawings of #StreetSmiles on social media; they really do brighten up the day as the crews do their rounds.

949,000 collections have been made over the last five weeks and the fact that our collection and street cleansing services are running normally is testament to their hard work. 

We are recommencing the bulky waste service from Monday, albeit with a reduced number of slots to allow crew members to remain deployed to support other priority services. You can book a slot on our website.

The Villiers Road Household Reuse and Recycle Centre (HRRC) has been closed since late March following Government guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Not a single HRRC site remained open in London and 90% closed across the rest of the country. The HRRC in our borough shares operations with the street cleansing and refuse collection services and our priority has been to keep those services running. We know that the closure is frustrating, especially as many of us have used this time to have a sort out at home or in the garden.

Plans are being made across the South London Waste Partnership to ensure that when the HRRC reopens, it does so in a way which observes the current restrictions and social distancing guidance to ensure the safety of all staff and residents

Despite the closure, I am pleased to report that we have not seen an increase in fly tipping. As well as being unsightly, fly tipping is also illegal and can be reported on our website.

So again, thank you to our waste crews and to you, our residents for supporting a cleaner, greener Kingston.’