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Partial reopening

Due to a major fire, the centre will opening at a reduced capacity until further notice. This will also impact what you can bring to recycle. 

Update Friday 16 July

Townmead Road will be reopening at a reduced capacity from Monday 19 July. Usual opening hours will be in place. 


Priority booking will be given to all those who have had a booking cancelled since the fire took place. If this is you, you will have already received an invitation to book. 

The booking site will be open to the public from the morning of Wednesday 21 July.

Visiting the centre

Unfortunately we will be operating at less than 50% capacity while works continue to make the area where the fire took place safe and compliant for re-opening. This means we cannot guarantee you will get a slot as soon as you might hope for.

This also means that we will be limiting the types of waste we are accepting. Unfortunately we will not be accepting cardboard and paper at Townmead Road while we run at limited capacity.

We will also be allocating Monday and Tuesday for garden waste only. This means no other waste can be dropped off on a Monday or Tuesday, and garden waste cannot be dropped off on any other day.

The booking system will help you ensure you book the right day.

Other ways of recycling and disposing of waste

If you are unable to store your waste until you can visit Townmead Road, there are some other options:

  • Use one of the Community Reuse and Recycle Schemes: exchange unwanted items, upcycle furniture or recycle textiles.
  • Book a bulky waste collection: We are offering a 50% discount on full price bulk collection charges until Sunday 29 August 2021. The discount is not applicable to already reduced charges.
  • Book at an alternative site.
  • Visit one of the borough’s 60 recycling sites. This will be the best place to recycle cardboard and paper. To help ensure these sites can take as much recycling as possible and remain tidy, please flatten/squash your cardboard and only leave it in the correct bin.

Do not leave items on the street - this is fly-tipping, which is a serious crime and could lead to large fines.

Booking at an alternative site

Whilst the centre is closed, waste can be taken to other West London recycling sites

You must book to visit one of these sites - a prior booking for Townmead Road does not guarantee you entry. 

Different sites have different terms and conditions and there may be charges for certain types of waste. Please check details thoroughly before booking your visit.

You can book at:

Richmond residents are unable to use the Wandsworth and Kingston tips as they are in a different Greater London waste authority area.

Updated: 23 July 2021