Household Waste Recycling Centre,
40 Hornsey Street,
London, N7 8HU
The hours of opening are:
Monday to Saturday - 8am to 8pm
Sundays and Public Holidays - 8.30am to 8pm
Christmas Day and New Years Day – Closed
Please note - The site is occasionally closed for short periods of time during operational hours to allow containers to be moved or changed.
Cars - Car access is via Hornsey Street. Vehicles must be below 1.9 metres in height to enter.
Vans - If you are a resident wishing to use a van* to bring recycling or waste to the centre please call 020 8884 5645 at least 24 hours prior to visiting the site. The telephone line is open between 8am and 8pm Monday to Sunday. The height barrier will be opened for pre-booked vans only.
Site staff will agree what type of waste you wish to bring to the centree, and advise whether this waste is allowed at the centre.
You will be asked for the following information:
- Full name
- Address and postcode
- Date of visit
- Vehicle registration or name of hire company
The site staff will provide you with a reference number which you will need to provide on entry to the site with proof of identity or residency, such as a driving licence, council tax or utility bill.
Proof of identity does not include letters of authority from householders for someone to act on your behalf. Vehiclescarrying materials on behalf of another person will be treated as commercial waste and will not be allowed onto the site. Residents with disabilities should discuss their needs directly with site staff for assistance and advice.
The number of vans allowed to visit each day will be limited to 20.
Any vans arriving at site without a valid reference number, or not booked in, will be refused entry and informed of the booking-in procedure.
Residents can bring recycling and waste to the centre in a van on up to 5 occassions per year. Any additional requests will be allowed at the discretion of the Authority, site staff will seek advice from us on such occasions and will advise you within one working day of the request being made.
Pedestrians – Pedestrians should use the mixed recycling points (which take paper, glass, cans, plastic bottles and cardboard) on the corner of Caledonian Road and Cottage Road, opposite Caledonian Road tube station. All other materials, or items too large for the bins, should be taken to the recycling centre’s security office on Cottage Road between 8am and 8pm. The staff will arrange for the items to be recycled at the HWRC.
Trailers - Due to tight turning circles outside the HWRC, vehicles with trailers are not permitted to visit the HWRC on weekends or bank holidays.
Charities - Charities are entitled to drop off recycling for free at the centre. Please bring proof of your charitable status, such as headed notepaper, with you to ensure access.
* Vans are defined as any vehicle without seats fitted in the back including minibuses with seats removed and crew cab type vehicles.
What can I bring to the HWRC?
The Household Waste Recycling Centre will accept the following materials:
- toner and printer cartridges - £1 is donated to the Mayor's World Cancer Research Fund charity for each printer cartridge recycled.
- batteries (household and car)
- cans (please rinse)
- cardboard - Includes: flattened brown and white cardboard, flattened cardboard boxes. Excludes: cardboard contaminated with food, polystyrene packing, strapping
- CDs and DVDs
- DIY waste - Includes: hardcore, bricks and concrete. Excludes: paint and other liquid waste, ceramic tiles, soil
- electrical items (small and large)
- fire extinguishers
- fluorescent tubes and energy saving light bulbs
- fridges and freezers
- gardening equipment
- gas cylinders
- glass bottles and jars (clear, green and brown)
- green garden waste - Includes: grass cuttings, prunings, branches, twigs, leaves. Excludes: soil, flower pots, plastic seed trays, plastic bags, fencing, large logs
- household electrical items
- paper - Includes: newspapers, magazines, junk mail, white paper, yellow pages. Excludes: plastic sleeves, books, laminated paper, envelopes with plastic windows
- plastic bags
- plastic bottles and other household plastic packaging
- scrap metal
- televisions and computer monitors (Cathode Ray Tubes)
- Tetra Paks (drinks cartons)
- timber (untreated) - Includes: untreated wood, wooden pallets. Excludes: painted or treated wood, window frames, chipboard, plywood
- tin foil
- waste motor oil
- white goods (washing machine, cookers and dryers)
We also accept Asbestos (cement-bonded) for disposal in deep landfill. Please note: Asbestos can be dropped off by appointment only. Call 020 8884 5645 to make an appointment. The supervisor will need to:
• check that there is enough space in the asbestos container
• know how much asbestos you need to dispose of
Before taking the asbestos waste to the recycling centre, ensure that it is double wrapped in thick polythene sheeting and fully sealed with strong tape, or alternatively in thick plastic sacks if the pieces are small. Take care not to break any material to fit into a bag. Under no circumstances should you use a saw or disc cutter to reduce the size of the sheets as this will cause asbestos dust to be generated.
The London Borough of Islington operates a hazardous waste collection and disposal service in partnership with the City of London for Islington residents. This service helps you deal with your household waste responsibly and legally.
The contract allows for the removal and disposal of a variety of hazardous wastes such as chemicals, asbestos and poisons. 'Hazardous waste' is a material that poses potential threats to public health or the environment. It may be flammable, corrosive, toxic, infectious or explosive.
You may have this type of waste in the form of marked or unmarked containers containing chemicals or bags of suspected asbestos at home, or you may see it dumped on the street. You should not handle hazardous waste if you are not sure what it is
If you would like to arrange a collection or would like more information regarding this service, please call Contact Islington Council on 0207 527 2000.
Please note that use of this service is restricted to 3 times a year per Islington household.
Paint is not accepted at the Hornsey Street Household Waste Recycling Centre.
If your paint is reusable, you might be able to donate it to someone else who can use it at www.communityrepaint.org.uk or you can also give it away by advertising it on Freecycle.
Removal of items from the HWRC by the public
We have a legal duty to ensure all the waste brought to the Centre is disposed of or recycled by an authorised organisation. The handling of waste is subject to strict regulatory controls. Furthermore, waste can be contaminated or hazardous and must be handled with extreme caution.
For these reasons, North London Waste Authority does not allow items to be removed from the site by any unauthorised persons or organisations.