Bulky Waste Collection London
Bulky Waste Collection London guide for residents
Welcome to the ultimate guide to bulky waste collection for London. Covering everything you need to know about how to dispose of any junk that is too big for your normal bin - things like sofas, fridges, DIY waste, office chairs.
Key sections are:
- Reuse options
- London councils bulky item collection service
- Man & van rubbish clearance collectors
- Example man & van collection jobs with prices
- Skip hire providers and prices (and skip permit fees)
- HWRCs / civic amenity sites for London residents
- Collection guide for different types of waste
- Interesting rubbish stats for London
- What is Bulky Waste?
- The Guide to Free Bulky Waste Collection
- The Ultimate Guide to Skip Hire
- The Ultimate Guide to Rubbish Clearance
1. Reuse options
The greenest and cheapest way to dispose of something if it is still in working order is to give it to somebody for reuse. You can donate bulky rubbish items to an individual directly or to a reuse charity. Please note, if you wish to donate upholstered furniture to a charity, it must have a fire safety certificate.
Donate to a Person Directly
The simplest way to donate to an individual is to list it on LoveJunk and tick the ‘reusable’ box. This notifies reusers in the London area about the item and, if someone wants it, they can send you an offer via our app to pick it up for free.
The major benefit of using LoveJunk rather than sites like Freegle, Freecycle, Facebook or Gumtree, is that people cannot ask you questions before offering to collect. This makes the process faster and less hassle and stops you from having to deal with timewasters.
London Reuse Charities
Below is a list of local London Reuse Charities that collect for free. Bear in mind they are charities, so response times and service levels can vary greatly.
|Age UK||Unit 21, West 12 Shopping Centre W12 8PP||080 0077 8751|
|Barnardos||414 Brixton Rd, Brixton, London SW9 7AY||020 7274 4165|
|BHF (Wandsworth)||153-155 Wandsworth High St, London SW18 4JB||020 8712 5350|
|British Heart Foundation (Brixton)||36 Acre Ln, Brixton, London SW2 5SP||020 7160 6210|
|British Red Cross (Battersea)||11-12 Bramlands Cl, Battersea, London SW11 2NT||020 7228 3820|
|British Red Cross (Fulham)||260 North End Rd, Fulham, London SW6 1NJ||020 738 56071|
|Cancer Research UK||Butterfly Walk, 7, Camberwell Green SE5 8RW||020 7701 2500|
|DEBRA||17-23 Woolwich Rd, London SE10 0RA||020 8858 5194|
|Emmaus (Brixton)||Fairfax House, Overton Rd, London SW9 7JR||030 0123 2001|
|Emmaus (Lee High Road shop)||332 Lee High Road Lewisham, London SE13 5PJ||020 8852 5365|
|Emmaus (Poplar shop)||175 - 179 E India Dock Road Poplar London E14 0EA||0208 854 3426|
|Emmaus (Plumstead shop)||226 Elmley Street Plumstead London SE18 7NN||0208 854 3426|
|Oxfam||See all London stores||0300 200 1252|
|PDSA||See all London stores||0800 917 2509|
|The Salvation Army||See all London stores||020 7367 4500|
|Sense||See all London stores||0300 330 9257|
|Shelter||123C King St, Hammersmith, London W6 9LG||020 8563 2388|
|Sue Ryder||1 Market Pl, Bermondsey, London SE16 3UQ||020 7394 8384|
|YMCA||214 Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6TE||020 7703 7963|
|Betel UK||8/9 Chorlton Cross, Manchester, M21 9AQ||0161 860 6312|
2. Council bulky item collection services in London
If your bulky waste isn’t reusable, your local London council can help with the disposal. Most charge for the service but two councils in London are free. Tower Hamlets offer two free collections a year and Redbridge offer one free service free of charge.
For in-depth information on London council bulky waste collection service and prices, check out our comprehensive guide from our team of dedicated researchers at LoveJunk.
Table showing the costs of bulky waste collection per item for every London council
|London Council||Sofa||Fridge||Mattress||3 Combo £|
|Barking & Dagenham||£10.00||£10.00||£10.00||£10.00|
|City of London||£35.00||£35.00||£35.00||£35.00|
|Hammersmith & Fulham||£26.55||£26.55||£26.55||£26.55|
|Kingston Upon Thames||£37.00||£37.00||£37.00||£37.00|
|Richmond upon Thames||£62.00||£62.00||£62.00||£62.00|
source: LoveJunk (March 2022)
Understandably, council collections can take longer than private waste companies and are less flexible with pick-up times. So, if you don't have time to lose, we recommend you consider one of the following options.
3. Man & van rubbish clearance collectors
If you cannot donate your item and don’t want to use the council bulky collection service, then you will likely require a licensed man & van rubbish collector. A man and van waste contractor comes to the property, loads up your bulky waste and takes it away for disposal. The key differences to the London council collection service are:
1. Speed - private waste contractors can normally pick up the same day
2. Labour - they can collect from anywhere on the property
3. Scope - they take all types of waste
The cost of a private man and van collection largely depends on the type and quantity of waste and your flexibility about when you need it removed. To get a rough idea, see the section below. For more examples, see our Price gallery.
Find the cheapest waste collector in London
The simplest way to find the cheapest, available licensed man & van waste collector for your address and junk is to use the LoveJunk marketplace. LoveJunk ensures all collectors are licensed and insured and also provides the detail of where your waste ends up and how much avoids going landfill. That is why LoveJunk is so widely recommended by councils.
4. Skip hire providers and prices
Another way to dispose of bulky waste is by hiring a skip. Skip hire is generally much more expensive than using a man & van but a skip is useful if you have lots of messy waste. For more information on skip hire, read our Ultimate Guide to Skip Hire.
Local skip hire companies
Here is a list of licensed skip hire companies that serve the London area:
|Company Name||Telephone Number|
|7 Days (London) Ltd||07868 846 823|
|A G Skip Hire||07805 210 416|
|B & K Environmental Services Ltd||08448 008 861 / 07813 087 129|
|Battle Skips||020 8960 0302|
|Best Clearance Ltd||07737 639 920|
|Biel Brothers Ltd||020 3780 2277|
|C Povey Skip Hire||07860 227 040|
|Central Waste Services Ltd T/A Skip It||020 7384 1221|
|Deep Skip Hire Ltd||07949 695 050|
|Dunning Waste Management Ltd||020 8903 4714|
|Flowers 2000 Ltd (aka Able Skips)||020 8830 8774|
|Gowing & Pursey Skip Hire||020 8963 4070|
|Ground Skips Ltd||020 8830 9530|
|Hodgson & Sons Ltd||0345 194 9401|
|J O'Doherty Haulage Limited||020 8807 7722|
|J Simpson Waste Management Ltd||020 8993 9777|
|Keith's Rubbish Clearance Ltd||07956 868 427|
|London Skip Hire Ltd||020 8542 3333|
|McGrath Brothers (Waste Control) Ltd||020 8985 5000|
|Metro Waste||020 7720 277|
|NJB Recycling Ltd||020 8786 7000|
|O'Donovan (Waste Disposal) Ltd||020 8801 9561|
|P B Donoghue Construction Ltd||020 8208 2211|
|Powerday PLC||020 8960 4646|
|Quattro (UK) Ltd||020 8838 2720|
|Quick Skip Hire Ltd||020 8574 6333|
|Recycle All Ltd||0800 774 7005|
|Space Rubbish Ltd||07985 109 173|
|T. Kearney Skip Hire Ltd||020 8903 0160|
|Waste & Site Services Limited||01784 258 480|
|X-Bert Haulage Ltd T/A Glynns Skips||020 8969 6666|
Skip prices in London
Skip hire rates still vary depending on where you are in London. For example, North West London is one of the cheaper areas. This is because the depots of several skip companies are based there and so their lorries do not need to travel as far to drop or collect your skip. This impacts their costs and the rates that they charge.
Typical skip hire prices (including VAT) for mixed general waste before any skip permit or parking bay suspension fees. These prices are for a skip located off the road (eg. in a driveway).
Rates don’t really vary if you hire the skip for a few days or for a couple of weeks. This is because the main costs to the skip company are the delivery, collection and disposal, and not the loan of the skip
Builder skip: 6 – 8 cubic yard skip @ £260 - £280
Maxi skip: 10 - 12 cubic yard skip @ £340 - £370
Skip Permits and Bay Suspensions London
If you need to place your skip on the road, you will need a skip permit license and possibly a CPZ parking suspension.
The below table link to every London borough council website and lays out the cost of a skip permit and duration as well as parking bay suspension cost and duration.
|Skip permit council link||Skip Permit||Min. Permit Duration||Parking Bay Suspension||Parking suspension Duration|
|Barking & Dagenham||£59.00||14 days||£134.00||Per day|
|Barnet||£57.46||14 days||£45.00||Per day|
|Bexley||£49.70||7 days||£30.00||Per day|
|Brent||£56.00||14 days||£49.00||Per day|
|Bromley||£39.00||14 days||£20.00||Per day|
|Camden||£58.16||14 days||£42.21||Per day|
|City of London||n/a|
|Croydon||£66.00||14 days||£40.00||Per day|
|Enfield||£75.00||14 days||£15.80||Per day|
|Greenwich||£61.00||28 days||£51||Per day|
|Hackney||£100.00||28 days||£34.00||Per day|
|Hammersmith & Fulham||£80.00||28 days||£44 / £66||1st 5 days / Subsequent days|
|Haringey||£87.45||28 days||£26.35||Per day|
|Harrow||£61.00||14 days||£34.30||14 days|
|Havering||£80.00||14 days||£20.00||Per day|
|Hillingdon||£51.50||14 days||£31.00||Per day|
|Hounslow||£90.45||14 days||£52||Per day|
|Islington||£98.00||Per month||£66.50||Per day|
|Kingston||£133.00||Per month||£50.00||Per day|
|Lambeth||£60.00||14 days||£43.38||Per day|
|Lewisham||£66.00||Per month||£50.00||Per day|
|Merton||£70.00||4 weeks||£25.00||Per day|
|Newham||£70.00||7 days||£25.00||Per day|
|Redbridge||£169.00||14 days||£40.00||Per day|
|Richmond||£75.00||21 days||£41.00||Per day|
|Southwark||£82.50||Per month||£40.00||Per day|
|Sutton||£81.93||14 days||£55.00||Per day|
|Tower Hamlets||£50.00||14 days||£45.50||Per day|
|Waltham Forest||£100.00||14 days||£45.00||Per day|
|Wandsworth||£37.60||14 days||£37.00||Per day|
|Westminster||£81.00||Per month||£52.00||Per day|
5. London recycling centres & tips for householders
If you have the time, transport, and strength to carry your rubbish to the tip yourself, this is an alternative for bulky waste collection. Be sure to find out what your local tip does and doesn't take first. You can find a list of permitted and prohibited items on their websites.
We have put together a table showing the postcode of all the household waste recycling centres in London. For further information here is a summary of all London rubbish tips including opening times, prohibited waste, vehicle restrictions and opening hours.
Map of London tips
Below is an interactive map of all civic amenity sites in London.
source LoveJunk (Dec 2021)
6. Collection guides for specific types of bulky waste
Below are some detailed guides that you may find useful on how to get rid of specific types of waste.
|Furniture||Furniture Removal Guide|
|Sofa||Sofa Disposal Guide|
|Fridge||Fridge Disposal Guide|
|Mattress||Mattress Disposal Guide|
|Carpet||Carpet Disposal Guide|
|Cardboard||Cardboard Removal Guide|
|DIY waste||DIY Waste Disposal|
|Wheelie bin||Wheelie Bin|
|Piano||Piano Disposal & Removal|
|Office furniture||Office Clearance|
|Garden||Garden Waste Collection|
|Kitchen Installation waste||Kitchen Installation Removal|
|Hazardous waste||Hazardous Waste Removal|
7. Interesting rubbish stats for London
In 2021, London recorded 43 fly-tips for every 1000 residents. A fly-tipping rate that was more than double the national average of 20. As a result, London was collectively responsible for 34% (1 in 3) of all fly-tipping incidents in England in the 2020 to 2021 period. To see how London compares to other regions of the UK and the rest of the country, read our analysis of Fly-tipping in England.
Example London bulky waste collection jobs with prices
At the bottom of this blog, you can see example jobs with prices carried out by man and van waste collectors within London.