Reuse and recycling centre (RRC)

Coronavirus update, 24 March:

Please note that the Reuse and Recycling Centre on Yabsley Street is now closed until further notice as part of the response to Coronavirus.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and please check the council’s website for updates and further information.

Household recycling and waste collections continue as normal across Tower Hamlets, but we would ask residents to be sensible about their waste production and please:

  • minimise your waste as much as possible
  • home compost what food and garden waste you can
  • do not put out waste for collection that can sensibly be stored at home i.e. don’t clear the shed/attic and please delay any major DIY works

Avoiding contamination of recycling with other substances is now more important than ever as it will help protect our waste operatives and allow them to do their jobs safely. It is essential that you only put clean and dry recyclable paper, glass, cans, jars, pots and tubs in your recycling.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths can be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin. Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

See further advice from Public Health England.

Once normal service resumes, residents can bring a wide range of materials to the Reuse and Recycling Centre on Yabsley Street. 

No commercial or industrial waste will be accepted. Tower Hamlets Council is no longer operating the waste transfer station at Northumberland Wharf. For queries about commercial waste disposal please contact Cory Environmental.

Please note that the Reuse and Recycling Centre does not accept tyres, plasterboard, asbestos, liquids or trade waste at the site.

What to bring

  • Aerosols (empty)
  • Aluminium foil
  • Batteries (household)
  • Bikes
  • Books
  • Car batteries
  • Cardboard
  • Clothes
  • Computer monitors
  • Cooking oil
  • Discs (CDs and DVDs)
  • Engine oil
  • Electrical appliances
  • Fluorescent tubes  
  • Food and drink cans
  • Food and drink cartons
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Furniture
  • Gas bottles  
  • General household waste (please reuse and recycle as much as possible)
  • Glass bottles and jars (all colours) 
  • Green garden waste
  • Low energy light bulbs
  • Mobile phones
  • Paint
  • Paper
  • Plastic bottles and their lids (food and drinks bottles, cleaning product bottles and toiletry bottles)
  • Plastic pots (yoghurt pots, plastic flowerpots, and toiletry pots)
  • Plastic tubs and boxes (fruit punnets, margarine tubs, ice cream tubs, and gift packaging boxes)
  • Printer cartridges
  • Scrap metal
  • Shoes
  • Small electrical items
  • Tapes (video and audio)
  • Televisions
  • Textiles
  • Telephone directories
  • Toner cartridges
  • White goods
  • Wood & timber (including MDF, plywood, chipboard etc.)
  • Yellow pages

*Any bikes taken to the site are taken away and any defective parts are replaced to make the bike roadworthy. The bikes can be purchased by the general public, directly from the repairer, Bikeworks, 138-140 Cambridge Heath Road, London E1 5QJ or by visiting the Bikeworks website.

Compost bins and wormeries

Compost bins and wormeries are available for purchase at this site for £5 each. Please call the council on 020 7364 5004 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, to make payment before collecting from the Reuse and Recycling Centre.

Read more about compost bins and wormeries

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm, except for 24 and 31 December when the centre will close at 3.30 pm.
Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 6pm
Bank holidays: 9am to 4.30pm

The centre will be closed each year on December 25.

How to get there

The address is:

Tower Hamlets Reuse and Recycling Centre
Yabsley Street
London E14 9RG

Find us

If you are using a sat nav, enter Yabsley Street and not the postcode as this will take you to the Blackwall Tunnel.

Travelling by public transport

DLR: take the DLR to Blackwall station and walk down Prestons Road or Blackwall Way for approximately five minutes.

Bus: take the D6 or D7. Closest stop is Aspen Way bus stop on Prestons Road, approximately two minutes walk away.


For further information about the Reuse and Recycling Centre please call Streetline on 020 7364 5000.

The telephone number above is for queries about domestic waste only. For information about commercial waste disposal please contact Cory Environmental.

Site rules and restrictions

  • For use by residents of Tower Hamlets only**.
  • Trade and commercial waste is strictly prohibited.
  • Commercial and sign-written vehicles are not permitted.
  • Proof of identity and address must be shown. Acceptable forms of identity include driver's licence/passport/council tax bill/utility bill/parking permit.
  • Residents using a van will be asked to sign a declaration that the waste is from their own home and has not come from a trade or business. All vans must be weighed on the weighbridge. 
  • Abusive or threatening behaviour will not be tolerated and will result in a permanent ban. Details will be recorded and the police may be informed.
  • CCTV and panic alarm are installed.
  • It is very important that all users separate as much of their waste as possible and place in the correct containers for recycling.
  • Vehicle loads may be inspected to ensure conformity .
  • Discretion will be operated by the site supervisors if disposal of non-household waste is suspected (such as high volumes of waste or waste that appears to be of commercial origin).
  • Only one car boot load per month of DIY waste is allowed (includes bricks, rubble and hardcore etc).
  • Please note that there is a height restriction for vehicles entering the site of 1.94 metres or 6ft 5ins. This is in place to prevent unacceptable usage by commercial enterprises.
  • Materials not accepted are: plasterboard, tyres, asbestos, liquids and trade/commercial waste.
  • All vehicles may be subject to inspection of their load prior to admission to the centre and throughout unloading.  

**City of London residents must show both photo ID (driver's licence/passport) and recent council tax bill.

Local recycling banks

To encourage residents to recycle more and to make recycling facilities more accessible, the Council has introduced redesigned public recycling sites. 

The benefits are that the areas will be transformed making them neater and more presentable. We hope better presented sites will help combat anti-social behaviour and provide an eye-catching location to encourage residents to recycle more.  We hope residents will appreciate a neater, cleaner borough and utilise the sites to recycle more.

Recyclable items can be placed in the bin loose or contained in any transparent bags. Residents can collect a roll of recycling sacks from these locations.


St Johns Park - Manchester Road purple bins

Locations of sites can be found at the following:

Area Location
 Bethnal Green  Globe Road, opposite Boyton  Close, E1 4
 Bethnal Green  Roman Road, near fire station
 E2 0QN
 Bow  St. Marks Gate Car Park  j/w  Cadogan Terrace E9 5HT
 Bow  Wennington Road Grove Road,  E3 5SN
 Isle of Dogs  Manchester Road, outside St  John's Green E14 3HJ
 Isle of Dogs  Westferry Road, near Barkentine  Estate & Tooke Oub E14 8NH
Isle of Dogs John Smith Mews, opposite Nisa Local, E14 2ED
 Limehouse  Newell Street, opposite Oak Lane E14 8NJ
 Poplar  Dee Street, junction with  Aberfeldy Street E14 0QD
 Stepney  Christian Street, junction with  Burslem Street E1 1RT


Residents can recycle the following materials:

  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Food and drink cans
  • Plastic containers
  • Cartons
  • Aerosols
  • Mixed paper
  • Card
  • Telephone directories

Some sites also have charity recycling bins for clothes, textiles, shoes. Their locations can be found here.

Please do not put any other materials, including  black sacks or food waste, in the recycling bank purple bins.