Reuse and recycling centres

care registration number plates odds and evens

COVID-19 National restrictions

A traffic control system will operate based on odd and even number plates. Car plates with odd numbers can use the sites on odd dates and even numbers on even dates.

Ensure your visit is essential and consider storing your waste safely until national restrictions have been eased. Delays are likely. If you attend either site, you must wear a face-covering (unless exempt) and observe the strict social distancing measures.

Your proof of address

Please bring proof of address and be prepared to show proof if asked for:

  • a valid driving licence or
  • a Council tax bill

Existing permits will continue to be valid but are being phased out and are no longer being distributed.

Accessing the centres

  • keep your car windows closed whilst proof of address is being checked
  • out of borough residents will not be allowed entrance to the site
  • cars need to have seats and windows in the back otherwise you may be turned away

Traffic control system schedule

The odd and even number plate control system helps to avoid lengthy delays and excessive queuing.

Date Vehicle number plates
Monday 19 April Odd
Tuesday 20 April Even
Wednesday 21 April Odd (Foots Cray closed)
Thursday 22 April Even
Friday 23 April Odd
Saturday 24 April Even
Sunday 25 April Odd
Monday 26 April Even
Tuesday 27 April Odd
Wednesday 28 April Even (Foots Cray closed)
Thursday 29 April Odd
Friday 30 April Even
Saturday 1 May Odd
Sunday 2 May Odd

See further information on locations and opening times of our recycling centres.

The following will apply for an initial trial period at both centres:

  • to maintain social distancing and to enable quick progress around the site, the number of cars on the site at one time will be limited
  • only one person will be allowed outside the vehicle unless a large item is being unloaded
  • staff will not be able to help you lift items
  • be patient, you may have to queue before you are allowed entry - there are limited parking spaces at (4 car spaces at Thames Road and 12 car spaces at Foots Cray)
  • on your return from the site, please remember not to touch your face and to wash your hands for 20 seconds


  • 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
  • the site will be open to the public between 7.30am and 4pm Monday to Sunday. Please note the site will be closed to the public Monday to Friday between 11am and 1pm
  • permits are not valid for residents in vans using Thames Road
  • in order to restrict commercial waste being deposited as household waste residents wishing to dispose of waste in vans will need to show both proofs of identity and proof of address
    • proof of identity should be photographic ID in the form of a photo driving licence or passport
    • proof of address should be a council tax or utility bill in the same name as the photo ID
    • a current photo driving licence can be used as both proof of identity and proof of address
    • persons failing to provide the above will be charged or refused entry
  • the transfer station is a hard hat and high visibility vest area, please bring your own as limited stock is available for purchase 
  • Council vehicles will be given priority access during opening times

Trailers and pick up trucks

  • no trailers at Thames Road
  • pickup trucks (crew cab only) are accepted at Thames Road and Foots Cray

These vehicles are monitored and may be subject to further checks. This is to ensure commercial waste is not being brought into the site unofficially.