Reuse and recycling centres


Bexley operates two reuse and recycling centres which can be used by residents free of charge:

Foots Cray reuse and recycling centre

  • Maidstone Road, Foots Cray, DA14 5HS
  • (license numbers: P/15/02 & EAWML19564)
  • open every day except Wednesday 7.30am to 4pm

Thames Road reuse and recycling centre

  • Thames Road, Crayford, DA1 5QJ 
  • (license numbers: P/15/01 & EAWML19563)
  • open every day 7.30am to 4pm

Both sites are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

  • a valid permit must be 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
  • separate your waste prior to travelling so that as much as possible can be reused and recycled
  • if you have items in good condition speak to a member of staff who will direct you to the reuse area

Accepted materials

  • asbestos
  • books
  • bric-a-brac (reuse first)
  • car batteries
  • carpets
  • CDs
  • cooking oil
  • DVDs
  • fire extinguishers (seek assistance)
  • fluorescent tubes
  • food and drink cans
  • fridges and freezers
  • furniture (reuse first)
  • garden furniture and tools (reuse first)
  • garden waste
  • gas canisters (seek assistance)
  • glass
  • hardcore and rubble
  • hard plastics (reuse first)
  • household batteries
  • household waste
  • large appliances
  • lawn mowers
  • mattresses
  • MDF, chipboard and plywood
  • metals
  • mirrors (reuse first)
  • mixed paper and card
  • mobile phones
  • paint (seek assistance)
  • pictures (reuse first)
  • plasterboard
  • printer cartridges
  • shoes
  • small appliances
  • spectacles
  • sofas (reuse first)
  • textiles
  • tools (reuse first)
  • TVs and monitors
  • tyres
  • used engine oil
  • wood and timber


  • 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
  • permits are not valid for residents in vans using Thames Road
  • separate proof of address must be shown along with photographic identification
  • 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

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

Frequent visitors

  • ANPR cameras operate at both sites to ensure visitors are not bringing commercial waste into the sites unofficially


  • we accept all cement bonded asbestos (sheets, pipes and tiles)
  • 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
  • if asbestos does not fit in the container it will not be accepted. You will be given an advice note with other disposal options


  • tyres are accepted for environmental disposal
  • disposal of tyres is strictly limited to five tyres per visit and a maximum of two visits per vehicle per year

Public weighbridges

  • to find out the weight of your vehicle and the contents there are public weighbridges at both centres
  • the cost of using these facilities is £10* per vehicle

*Current charges valid until March 2019.