- Recycling, rubbish and waste
- What can I recycle at home?
- Reuse and Recycling Centres
- When is my collection day?
- Reducing and reusing your waste
- Recycling campaigns and information
- Business waste and recycling
- School's Waste Action Club (SWAC)
- Community Champions
- Changes to the food and garden waste service
- Bulky items
- Recycling Locator
- FAQs - Food and garden waste
- FAQs - Garden waste
- Garden Waste Service
Reuse and Recycling Centres
The London Borough of Bexley operates two reuse and recycling centres which can be used by residents to recycle a wide range of materials and to dispose of bulky household waste free of charge.
The addresses of the two centres are:
- Foots Cray reuse and recycling centre, Maidstone Road, Foots Cray, DA14 5HS (Licence numbers: P/15/02 & EAWML19564)
- Thames Road reuse and recycling centre, Thames Road, Crayford, DA1 5QJ (License numbers: P/15/01 & EAWML19563)
Use of the reuse and recycling centres is free of charge for all Bexley residents if a valid permit is visible on entering the centres, these can be requested online. Alternatively please bring proof of address otherwise a £10* fee may be charged; this fee also applies to customers from outside the Borough.
A wide range of materials can be accepted for recycling. Please separate your waste prior to travelling so that as much as possible can be reused and recycled. In 2013/14 over 62% of waste bought to the reuse and recycling centres was either reused or recycled.
The recycling locator will find recycling facilities local to you and tell you what can be recycled at these.
Disruption at Thames Road
Major refurbishment works are taking place at the Waste Transfer Station at Thames Road which will affect turnaround times for vans and commercial vehicles. Residents using the Reuse and Recycling Centre may also be affected by increased queuing times. As part of this work it has been necessary to move the locations of certain materials at the Reuse and Recycling Centre and Waste Transfer Station. Please ask a member of staff if you are unsure where to take your items for recycling. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Do you have items which could be used by someone else?
If you have items to bring to the reuse and recycling centre which are in good condition please speak to a member of staff who will direct you to the reuse area. These items will be collected by Recyclemart who will sell them in their shops. They also have a workshop where they can repair items which have minor damage.
Items suitable for reuse are:
- Wooden household furniture which has no major damage
- Sofas (must have a fire label)
- Beds (must have a fire label)
- Bric-a-brac (complete with no damage)
- Garden furniture (patio chairs, tables, flower pots)
- Pictures and mirrors
- Sports equipment
- Garden tools
- Petrol lawn mowers (no petrol)
- Paint (all types of paint are being collected but the tin has to be undamaged, well sealed and at least 2/3 full)
Foots Cray Reuse and Recycling Centre
Open everyday except Wednesday 7.30am - 4pm.
Thames Road Reuse and Recycling Centre
Open everyday 7.30am - 4pm.
Both sites are closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and are open 10am - 2pm on New Year's Day.
Vans and trailers
All vans and other commercial vehicles, whether they are domestic or commercially owned, are not admitted to Foots Cray reuse and recycling centre without exception. All vans must use the Thames Road reuse and recycling centre where they will be required to weigh on the weighbridge and tip in the transfer station. Bexley residents are entitled to deposit up to half a tonne of domestic waste a year free of charge.
Please note that permits are not valid for residents in vans using Thames Road, separate proof of address must be shown.
The height restriction barriers at both centres are set at 1.75 metres. Over height vehicles (excluding vans at Foots Cray) may be admitted at the discretion of site staff.
Trailers and pick up trucks entering both centres are monitored and may be subject to further checks. This is to ensure that commercial waste is not being brought into the site unofficially.
ANPR cameras operate at both sites. If you are a frequent visitor to the reuse and recycling centres you may be asked the origin of your waste and to use the weighbridge. This is to ensure visitors are not bringing commercial waste into the sites unofficially.
Please do not use the reuse and recycling centres to dispose of hazardous waste such as chemicals or pesticides. Hazardous waste can be collected free of charge by the hazardous waste collection service.
We accept all cement bonded asbestos (sheets, pipes and tiles) at both reuse and recycling centres. Please ask a member of staff for assistance on arrival at the centre.
Asbestos should be bagged or wrapped in a minimum of 500 gauge thickness plastic and taped sealed.
Tyres are accepted for environmental disposal at both reuse and recycling centres. Disposal of tyres is strictly limited to five tyres per visit and a maximum of two visits per vehicle per year.
Both centres are equipped with public weighbridges; the cost of using these facilities is £10* per vehicle. Please ask a member of staff for assistance on arrival at the centre if you wish to weigh your vehicle.
All items deposited at the reuse and recycling centres are the property of the London Borough of Bexley and are not be removed from the site.
*Current charges valid to 31 March 2016.