Covid-related service disruption

Waste collections may be delayed as regular staff are absent due to illness and/or self-isolation.

Agency staff are in place to provide the usual service. However there may still be delays to your normal collection day and time.

Thank you for your patience and sorry for any inconvenience.

Reuse and recycling centre (RRC)

Coronavirus update

Please note that the Reuse and Recycling Centre (RRC) on Yabsley Street is now operating with its usual opening hours, but safety measures remain in place.

Only visit the RRC if your waste or recycling cannot be stored at home or disposed off safely by other means. If you can temporarily store your waste or recycling in a way that does not pose a risk to your or others' safety or human health, then you must do so.

Access and guidance

  • Access to the RRC will only be via Baffin Way and then Blackwall Way.
    Please ensure you have read the following guidance and safety measures before travelling to the RRC: 
    • Pedestrians who are able to walk to the RRC are still able to access and use the site, but must keep to the two-metre social distancing rule while on site.
    • Where possible make use of the council’s bulky waste or garden waste service rather than travelling to the RRC.
    • Please check which materials the RRC is accepting. Textiles are now accepted
    • Please be patient. Remember that going to the RRC will be different from the way the system operated before and that it will be a while before social distancing restrictions are lifted. You may have to queue before you are allowed entry due to the limits on the numbers of people that can be in the RRC at any one time.
    • You should not visit the RRC if you or a member of your household is unwell.
    • Please follow the government guidance and self-isolate for either seven days (if you are experiencing symptoms) or 14 days (if a member of your household is experiencing symptoms).
    • Visitors to the RRC must always observe social distancing. If you do not comply with social distancing guidance, you will be asked to leave the RRC and the site may have to close temporarily.
    • RRC staff will not be able to assist with carrying items.
    • If you do travel to the RRC, please remember to stay in your vehicle while queuing to aid with social distancing. Please do not leave your vehicle until it is necessary to get out.
    • Residents are still asked to bring ID as normal.
    • On your return from the RRC, please remember not to touch your face and to wash your hands for 20 seconds on arrival at your destination.

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. The 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 and textiles
  • 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
  • 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.

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday, 8am – 8pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 9am – 6pm and 
  • Bank Holidays from 9am – 4.30pm

How to get there

The address is:

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

Find us

Access to the RRC is via Baffin Way and then Blackwall Way.


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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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 Pub 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.