Brand new trial to see residents visit Kingston’s recycle centre by bike or on foot

Residents will soon be able to access the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre on Villiers Road by bicycle or on foot, following the introduction of a 12-week trial starting on Sunday 9 December.

The scheme will allow residents to visit the site on foot or by bicycle on Sundays between 1pm and 4pm. Visitors will be met by staff on the gate who will escort them around the site.

Cllr Hilary Gander, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainable Transport at Kingston Council, said:

“This trial is part of the council facilitating healthy, sustainable ways of travelling around our borough and accessing services. My hope is that local people make the most of the scheme and further boost our recycling rate in the process!”

Visitors will need to bring photo ID and their council tax demand letter with them. The trial is due to run until Sunday 24 February, at which point the results, including take up of the pilot, will be evaluated and a decision made about the future design of the scheme.

In August, Kingston Council announced that over 48 percent of Kingston’s waste was recycled or composted in 2017-18, a new record for the borough.

The recycling centre will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

For more information on recycling in Kingston or the Household Reuse and Recycling Centre, visit