Garth Road reuse and recycling centre is closed. Please store and dispose of household waste in the normal manner and securely store bulk waste items until our services resume.

Do not leave your recycling or waste at the entrance to this site - this will be treated as fly tipping and you may be prosecuted.

Bulky items such as garden waste and DIY waste should be stored safely on your property until restrictions on non-essential travel are lifted.

Residents should continue to use their recycling and rubbish collection services as normal with the following important exception:

Households that are self isolating should follow the government’s 'Stay at home’ advice which states:

  • Store personal waste, such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, within disposable rubbish bags.
  • Place these bags into a second bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste.
  • These bags should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external general waste bin.
  • Please do not take this waste to your local Household Reuse and Recycling Centre
  • Please dispose of your other household waste as normal.

It is more important than ever to ensure that you do everything you can to minimise the amount of waste you produce, that recycling is clean and dry, and that rubbish bags are all securely tied to help prevent spills and protect our collection teams and the public. Thank you for your continued support.

About the reuse and recycling centre

The Garth Road reuse and recycling centre is free to use by Merton residents in cars. For residents with vans and trailers there are some limits to the free service.

Please separate your waste and recycling materials before you go to the centre to reduce queuing.

Proof of address

You must bring a proof of address such as your driving licence or a recent Council Tax statement to prove you are a Merton resident.

Where to find us

63-69 Amenity Way, off Garth Road, Morden SM4 4AX

What you can recycle here

You can recycle a range of items including:

  • asbestos sheets (see guidelines on taking asbestos to the recycling centre).
  • ​batteries: household and car batteries
  • bric-a-brac, including furniture and ornaments
  • books
  • cans (metal food and drinks cans)
  • car batteries
  • cardboard
  • carpet (hessian backed only)
  • cartons (please empty and flatten)
  • compact fluorescent light bulbs (household low energy bulbs)
  • DVDs
  • electrical goods/appliances (including TVs, videos, PCs)
  • engine oil
  • furniture in suitable condition for reuse
  • glass bottles and jars
  • glass - plate/sheet glass
  • green waste (for composting)
  • hand tools (for reuse)
  • hardcore, rubble and soil (small quantities – up to six bags per vehicle every six months)
  • mattresses
  • mobile phones
  • oil: car engine oil and cooking oil
  • paint tins (paint must be dry)
  • paper (including directories)
  • plasterboard
  • plastic bottles and containers, plastic plant pots, hard plastic items (but no plastic bags, wrapping film, film lids, sheets or PVC window frames)
  • printer cartridges
  • scrap metal
  • spectacles
  • textiles and shoes
  • white goods (such as fridges, freezers and washing machines)
  • wood and timber (separated into clean and dirty wood).

What you can’t recycle here

We do not accept:

Opening times

For cars

  • Seven days a week (including most bank holidays): 8am to 4pm
  • Christmas Eve: 8am to midday
  • Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day: closed

For vans and trailers

  • Monday to Friday: 8am to 3.30pm
  • Saturdays: 8am to 1pm
  • Sundays: closed
  • Christmas Eve: 8am to midday
  • All bank holidays including Christmas Day and New Year's Day: closed

Large and heavy vehicles not permitted

Large and heavy vehicles are not permitted. These include, but are not limited to:

  • vehicles over 3.5 tonnes maximum gross weight
  • vehicles over 5 metres in length
  • vehicles over 6'3" or 1.93m in height
  • vehicles fitted with false sides or greedy boards
  • vehicles with more than 4 wheels
  • Luton style box vehicles (including any high sided vehicles)
  • flatbed vehicles
  • two-door pick-ups
  • tipper trucks
  • twin axle trailers
  • vehicles with a trailer with a combined length of over 5 metres. 

Weight limits for vans and trailers

Residents in vans or with trailers can bring up to 250kg of items (with recycling materials separated) over a six month period.