Missed collections - 6 April

There have been delays in collections for both residential streets and bin collections at blocks of flats. If your waste has not been collected please put it out on 7 April. View the roads and flats with missed collections

Garden and bulky waste services suspended, orange sacks and Gerpins Lane closed

Collections, and the renewal of contracts for garden waste bins and compostable sacks, has stopped. We advise you to home compost as much of your green garden waste as you can. We will not be collecting bulky waste until further notice and the Reuse and Recycling Centres at Gerpins Lane is closed. Running out of orange sacks? Put your recycling in a bag that is either clear or as see-through as possible, and label it as recycling. Go to our service disruption page for details

Coronavirus waste disposal advice

Tissues, disposable gloves and other related items used by anyone with suspected COVID-19 and those cleaning up afterwards, should be double bagged, then stored securely for 72 hours before being thrown away inside your usual black sack waste. You should not put this waste out with your usual rubbish for weekly collections until negative test results are known or the waste has been stored for at least 72 hours. Cleaning advice from GOV.UK

Gerpins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre

Gerpins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre is Havering's main disposal site for household waste and recycling.

Gerpins Lane, Upminster, RM14 2XR

0800 389 9918

The centre opens 7.30am and closes at 5.45pm (although it is always best to check their website) and these times may change over holiday periods. Check our service changes page for time change updates.

Gerpins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre website

  • Christmas Eve: 7.30am - 4.30pm.
  • Christmas Day: CLOSED.
  • Boxing Day: 9.30am - 4.00pm.
  • New Year's Eve: 9.30am - 4.30pm.
  • New Year's Day: 9.30am - 4.00pm.

All other times (Mon - Sun): 7.30am - 5.45pm.

Identification is needed to use Gerpins Lane

You will need to bring a form of identification showing your current address to use the refuse and recycling centre. For example:

  • a recent Council tax bill
  • your driving license

If you are bringing restricted waste you may need a permit.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition

At each of the sites Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras are in operation to help identify vehicles fraudulently disposing of waste. Additionally, all sites are fitted with CCTV cameras which may be used for the detection and prevention of crime.

Received a letter?

If you visit the Reuse and Recycling Centres (RRC) frequently you may receive a letter from site staff advising you to contact your Local Authority in order to continue tipping free of charge.

This is necessary to ensure that only household waste is tipped for free; any commercial waste should be paid for.

If the Local Authority is not consulted, you may be delayed or prevented from accessing the site(s) in future.

Please be assured that this action is required simply to establish that you are a resident of one of the ELWA Constituent Councils (London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham and Redbridge) and that you are disposing of household waste.

Once this has been confirmed with your Council, your access to the RRC will be unhindered and no further action will be taken.

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