East London Waste Authority
East London Waste Authority

Accepted materials and further information

What ID do I need to bring with me?

Proof of residence within the four ELWA boroughs is required to access the RRCs free of charge. A current Council Tax Bill or Driving Licence are the only forms of identification accepted at the site. If you do not bring one of these with you may be charged to use the site. If you are unable to provide either form of ID, please call 0800 389 9918.

ANPR

At each of the sites Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras are in operation to help identify vehicles fraudulently disposing of waste. Additionally, all sites are fitted with CCTV cameras which may be used for the detection and prevention of crime.

Received a letter?

If you visit the RRCs frequently you may receive a letter from site staff advising you to contact your Local Authority in order to continue tipping free of charge. This is necessary to ensure that only household waste is tipped for free; any commercial waste should be paid for. If the Local Authority is not consulted, you may be delayed or prevented from accessing the site(s) in future.

What kinds of waste are accepted at the Reuse and Recycling Centres?

Household waste

Any items generated from households excluding those items generated from renovation, building or DIY work.

Can I bring it to the Reuse and Recycling Centre?

Reasonable amounts of normal household waste can be reused, recycled and disposed of at the Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Restricted house waste

Items or materials that have been generated from building, renovation, or DIY work such as bath tubs, toilets, wash basins, pond materials, windows and doors, structural wood, roofing materials, rubble, soil and asbestos.

Can I bring it to the Reuse and Recycling Centre?

Yes, in limited amounts, but you can only bring it to the Reuse and Recycling Centre of the borough in which you live and you must contact your local council for authorisation first. Please be aware that authorisation will not necessarily be given and you should allow 24 hours for a response.

Trade waste

Any items or materials that have been generated from a trade, business commercial venture (including landlords), utility or service activity, whether or not for profit. Anyone carrying waste of this kind should be in possession of a valid waste carriers licence.

Can I bring it to the Reuse and Recycling Centre?

The Chigwell Road Reuse and Recycling Centre does not accept any trade waste. You will be required to pay for the disposal of trade waste at Frizlands Lane, Gerpins Lane and Jenkins Lane.

Before coming to the Reuse and Recycling Centre

During your visit

Behaviour on site

Our staff are on site to help you. Anyone exhibiting threatening, abusive or violent behaviour on site may be denied use of all Reuse and Recycling Centres operated by Shanks East London.

Details of any offensive behaviour will be passed on to the relevant local authority and if the behaviour persists, the police will be informed.

What can I bring to the Reuse and Recycling Centres and what happens to it?

Items for reuse
We collect some specific items to be reused at the Reuse and Recycling Centres. This means that your unwanted items are passed on to others who need them. Reuse is even more environmentally friendly than recycling and can have a beneficial effect on the local community, creating jobs and generating funds for local charities.

Items for recycling
We collect over twenty different types of material for recycling at the Reuse and Recycling Centres. Recycling means that materials which would otherwise have been thrown away can be made into useful products again and again. By recycling, you are contributing to a cleaner, greener East London, as well as saving energy and raw materials and reducing the amount of waste which needs to be sent to landfill at a higher cost to your local authority.

General Waste
General waste which cannot be reused or recycled on site is accepted and should be placed in the general waste shed. Where possible, this waste is processed through our Mechanical Biological Treatment facilities which extract some recyclable materials and turns most of the remaining waste into alternative fuel.

Asbestos and Hazardous Chemicals
If you have chemicals or asbestos (less than 11.5 m2), please call the City of London Corporation Hazardous Waste Collection and Disposal Service for a free home collection on 020 7332 3433.

Alternatively, double bagged, wetted asbestos can be disposed of at Jenkins Lane, Gerpins Lane and Frizlands Lane Reuse and Recycling Centres with authorisation from the relevant local authority. You must also call the site via the freephone number 0800 389 9918 in advance to arrange your visit . Please note that asbestos is not accepted at Chigwell Road Reuse and Recycling Centre.

What materials are collected for reuse at the Reuse and Recycling Centres?

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What materials are collected for recycling at Reuse and Recycling Centres?

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