Household reuse and recycling centres

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View map with the locations of all of Croydon's recycling sites.

There are three household reuse and recycling centres (HRRCs) within the borough where you can recycle a wide array of different items. These sites are for the use of Croydon residents only so please do bring along something that can confirm your address, such as a driving licence; otherwise you may need to pay a £4 charge.

The HRRCs will only accept household recycling and waste from your own property. The HRRCs are not provided for the disposal of commercial waste (commonly known as trade waste).

When visiting the HRRC please ensure you are wearing sensible sturdy shoes or boots. Shoes such as high heels or flip flops are unsuitable to wear on site.

If you require a friend or family member to take your recycling to a HRRC you will need to accompany them to prove the recycling and waste is yours. This helps to prevent traders from depositing waste illegally at the sites, and the council from subsidising their disposal costs.

We will not tolerate verbal abuse and/or threatening behaviour towards staff. Incidents of verbal abuse and/or threatening behaviour will be investigated and could lead to access to the HRRCs being withdrawn.

Commercial waste

Commercial waste comprises of waste produced by a business or commercial activity even if this takes place within a home. For example, waste is not accepted if its collection and disposal form any part of a business type arrangement (such as, but not limited to, a 'man with a van' collection service and disposal of items by trades people carrying out work in a home) as this constitutes a commercial activity and hence commercial waste.

Landlords should note that waste produced from properties that are rented out and disposed of by, or on behalf of the landlord, is classed as commercial waste and as such must be disposed of at a legitimate commercial waste facility which will be chargeable.

Waste generated by a business operating from home is also viewed as commercial waste and as such individuals must arrange a commercial collection.

Please note if you are moving into a new home, the clearance of the property, garages and sheds is the responsibility of the previous owner.

Honesty form system for vans, similar vehicles and regular users at Factory Lane and Fishers Farm HRRCs.

The HRRCs are designed for use by standard sized cars due to a lack of space within the sites and to ensure customer safety. In recognition that some residents may only have a van or similar vehicle an honesty form system is in place.

The honesty form system requires you to declare that you are only carrying your own household waste. The honesty form will need to be completed on site if you wish to use the HRRC in a:

  • Van
  • Minibus
  • Pick up type vehicle
  • Commercial type of 4x4; or
  • A trailer with an internal length of over 1.5 metres.

The honesty form system will also be used if you are a regular user of the HRRC in a car to ensure that you are only carrying your own household waste. In addition to the form being completed you will need to show a copy of your driving licence. Failure to complete an honesty form and produce the necessary driving licence could result in you not being allowed to use the HRRC.

Information from the honesty forms is reviewed on a regular basis. Incidents of regular visits will be investigated to ensure the waste is not from a commercial source. These investigations can include home visits to review the amount and type of waste being brought in.

Please be aware that due to health and safety reasons certain types of vehicle are not allowed to use the HRRC sites, these include, but are not limited to:

  • any vehicle over 3.5 tonnes max gross weight
  • any vehicle over 5 metres in length
  • any 'Luton' style box vehicles (including any high sided vehicles)
  • any vehicle with more than four wheels
  • any tipper trucks or false sided vehicles

Please note that if you have access to a standard sized car then this will need to be used as opposed to a van you may own irrespective of the amount of household recycling and waste that you have.

Site locations and opening times

The sites are open all year round including bank holidays, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Purley Oaks, Brighton Road, South Croydon, CR8 1DG
Monday to Sunday: 8am to 3.30pm

Please note: only standard sized cars are allowed to use Purley Oaks due to the size of the site.

Factory Lane, West Croydon, CR0 3RL
Monday to Saturday: 7.30am to 4.30pm
Sunday: 8.30am to 4pm

Fishers Farm, North Downs Road, New Addington, CR0 0LB
Monday to Friday: 8am to 4pm
Saturday: 9am to 2pm
Sunday: 9am to 1pm

Please note: Fishers Farm has a 1.75m vehicle height restriction except on the last Wednesday of each month when the barrier is removed in the afternoon.

Items which can be recycled at the household reuse and recycling sites

The sites accept a wide array of materials, helping residents to recycle as much as possible. There are facilities at the sites to recycle the following materials:

Aluminium foil Batteries
Bric a brac Books
Cans Card
Carpet Cooking oil
Cookers Dishwashers
Fridges/Freezers Fluorescent tubes
Glass Mattresses
Metal Gas bottles
Glass Green waste
Soil & rubble Ink cartridges
Motor oil Oil filters
Paper Plasterboard
Plastic bottles Plastics
Postage stamps Shoes
Small electricals Tetrapacks
Textiles TVs
Wood Washing machines

To report a problem with a household reuse and recycling centre, create an online account and follow the instructions online. Or you can report a problem anonymously.

Contact Details

Recycling
Telephone 020 8726 6200
Email contact@croydon.gov.uk
Waste Carrier Registration
Telephone 08708 506 506
Address Environment Agency
The Quadrant
99 Parkway Avenue
Sheffield
S9 4WG
Website www.environment-agency.gov.uk

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