richmond bulky waste collection guide

Richmond Bulky Waste Collection – Guide for Residents

5 October 2021

Richmond bulky waste collection guide: the ultimate guide for residents on how to dispose of things too big for the dustbin

If you're a Richmond resident and need some bulky waste collected, this guide is for you.  We've covered everything you need to know about bulky waste collection, rubbish clearance, reuse and disposal options in your local area.

  1. Pass it on for Reuse in Richmond
  2. Richmond council's bulky waste collection service
  3. Using a Man & Van waste contractor
  4. Hiring a Skip in Richmond
  5. HWRC's in Richmond area
  6. Rubbish stats

1. Pass it on for Reuse in Richmond

Any item of furniture is deemed reusable provided someone else wants to take it off your hands. Reuse is the cheapest and most eco-friendly option. You can give away items to individuals or reuse charities. They then pass the items on to someone in need. Remember, however, if you want to donate upholstered furniture to a charity, it requires a fire safety certificate. 

Assuming that no one in your network is interested in the item, the simplest way to donate is to list it on LoveJunk and tick the ‘reusable’ box. This notifies reusers based in or around Richmond and, if someone wants it, they will send you an offer via our app to pick it up. The process is quick, easy and free.  


Reuse Charities in Richmond

Here is a list of Reuse Charities in Richmond and nearby that collect quality furniture and large working appliances for free. Response times and service levels may vary. Note that they require fire labels attached to upholstered furniture, so if you don't find a good reuse solution, check out Furniture Removal Richmond.

Richmond Marie Curie Charity Shop 1, Lichfield Terrace, Sheen Rd, Richmond TW9 1AS
Mary's Living & Giving Shop for Save the Children - Richmond 29 The Grn, Richmond TW9 1LX
Oxfam 6 The Quadrant, Richmond TW9 1BP
Richmond Furniture Scheme
1a Fortescue Avenue, Twickenham Middlesex, TW2 5LS



2. Richmond council bulky waste service

If your junk isn’t good enough to sell or donate, your local council will help with the disposal. Richmond council offers residents a collection service for bulky items. The service is not available to local businesses or tradespeople.  


Cost of Richmond council bulky waste collection service 

Richmond council charges: 

  • £62.00 to collect 1 - 5 items 
  • Additional items £7.30 per item

Other information about the council bulky service:

Response time:  typical wait times are 10 days - 2 weeks

Concessions: they offer limited free collections for low-income residents in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support, or Pension Credit Guarantee Credit or Employment and Support Allowance

Appliances: they collect electrical appliances weighing 25kg or less, fridges and freezers must be booked separately 

DIY/ home improvement waste: the service does not cover any builders rubble, plasterboard, fitted kitchens, bathrooms or home improvement waste 

Internal collections: not available, all waste must be placed outside the property in advance of the collection date

Garden waste: this is a separate service and must be booked separately 

More details: full details of Richmond's bulky waste collection service, including how to book, can be found here


3. Use a private licensed man & van waste collector

If you don’t wish to or cannot use the council bulky collection service, you will probably need a licensed man & van rubbish collector.  

Like the council service, a man and van waste contractor visits the property, loads up the junk, then takes it away for disposal. The main differences to the council's service are speed - private collectors can respond much faster, labour - they will collect from anywhere inside or outside the home, and type of waste they collect - they can take everything including rubble and garden waste.  

The cost of a booking private man and van collection depends on the type and amount of waste and when you need it removed. For lots of examples of man & van rubbish collections with prices, see the LoveJunk rubbish removal price gallery.


Find cheapest bulky waste collector in Richmond

By far the simplest way to find the cheapest licensed man & van waste collector for your rubbish in Richmond is to use the LoveJunk waste removal and junk reuse marketplace. Just tap the green button below. LoveJunk guarantees all collectors are properly licensed and insured and provide full details of where your waste ends up and how much avoids going landfill.

That is why LoveJunk is recommended so widely by London councils, including Richmond!



4. Example Richmond man & van bulky waste collection prices

Wood, cardboard, carpet, metal, £45

Large two-seater sofa, £45

Mixed junk, £30

5. Hire a skip in Richmond

Another great way to dispose of your waste responsibly is to hire a skip or use a Hippobag. Skip hire is generally much more expensive than using a man & van unless you have lots of very heavy, messy waste and you would like to contain it all in one place while undertaking a project.

For more information on skip hire, read our Ultimate Guide to Skip Hire

Local skip hire companies 

Licensed skip hire companies that serve the Richmond area: 

Richmond Skip Hire
Mayer Skip Hire Richmond
Grab hire Richmond
Hampton and Richmond Skip Hire
Muck Away Richmond


Skip hire prices in Richmond

Typical Richmond skip hire prices (including VAT) for mixed general waste before adding any skip permit or parking bay suspension fees are: 

Builder skip: 6 – 8 cubic yard skip @ £270 - £285 

Maxi skip: 10 - 12 cubic yard skip @ £340 - £355

Skip Permits and Bay Suspensions in Richmond

If you need to place your skip on the road, you will need a skip permit license and possibly a CPZ parking suspension. For more information, read our Guide to Skip Permits and Bay Suspensions.  

Skip License Richmond: £75.00 for a maximum of 3 weeks

CPZ Bay Suspension: £41.00 for 7 days

Here is a link to the council website for skip permits:

skip bag full of junk in richmond




6. Tips & HWRCs in Richmond area

If you have a car, a very cheap way of disposing of your bulky waste is at the local council tip. Council tips are only available to residents, not businesses. Below is a map of the HWRC's in Richmond. 

Map of Richmond tips

map of tips in Richmond

List of nearest household waste recycling centres for Richmond residents: 

  • Townmead Road Re-use and Recycling Centre - Townmead Rd, Richmond, TW9 4EL
  • Opening hours: 8 am-4 pm Monday to Saturday and 9 am-4 pm on a Sunday

Useful additional info:

  • Booking: book a slot for your visit or you may be turned away
  • Help unloading: Site staff cannot help unless you have proof of a disability  
  • Pedestrians: access is not permitted
  • Vans: proof of residence will only be requested if you are arriving in a van or bringing DIY waste.
  • Van height restrictions: small vans include compact vans with the load space (space inside of the vehicle that is designated to carry a load) dimensions no bigger than 1.7 x 1.5 x 1.2 metres (length x width x height)
  • Waste types accepted: DIY and garden waste
  • Rules: visits limited to two per day per resident, with a cap of three maximum for the week


7. Rubbish statistics for Richmond

In 2021, there were only 2981 reported instances of fly-tipping in Richmond. That figure equates to 15 fly-tips per 1000 residents and 4 fly-tips per 100 households, based on a population of 198,141 and 70,000 households respectively. Good job, Richmond! To see how Richmond compares to other councils in London and the rest of the country, read our analysis of Fly-tipping in London.    



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