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How to dispose of rubbish in Richmond

5 October 2021

Richmond bulky waste collection guide:

Welcome to the ultimate guide for residents on how to dispose of rubbish in Richmond that's too big for the dustbin! If you're a Richmond householder and need some bulky waste collected (like a sofa, an old appliance, maybe some DIY rubble), this guide is for you. We've covered everything you need to know, including:

  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

1. Pass it on for Reuse in Richmond

Any item of furniture is 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. 

Assuming that no one in your network is interested in the item, a simple 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 to pick it up for 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: 

  • £71.00 to collect 1 - 5 items 
  • Additional items £8.30 per item

Did you know? Richmond is one of the most expensive councils in England for their bulky waste collection charge. Second only to Runnymede.

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

A man and van waste contractor visits the property, loads up the junk, then takes it away for disposal. The main advantages of this solution 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.  

Top tip! Make sure that any private man & van business you hire has a license from the Environment Agency to collect rubbish. Unfortunately, there are a lot of cowboy operators in the industry who often end up fly tipping waste and pocketing profit. 


Find cheapest bulky waste collector in Richmond

Find a local, fully licensed and insured waste removal business in Richmond with the LoveJunk marketplace. LoveJunk vets all collectors and provide full details of where your waste ends up and how much avoids going landfill. Just post a picture of your waste to receive instant no-obligation quotes. Choose the best one and pay securely online - no need for cash. Fast, easy and no fly tipping guaranteed. That is why LoveJunk is recommended so widely by London councils, including Richmond!



Example Richmond man & van bulky waste collection prices

The cost of a booking private man and van collection depends on the type and amount of waste and when you need it removed. Use LoveJunk's rubbish removal prices comparison tool to view real-time jobs all over the country and filter by waste type. Below are some examples of jobs that happened in Richmond.


Wood, cardboard, carpet, metal, £45

Large two-seater sofa, £45

Mixed junk, £30


4. 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



5. 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 (also known as civic amenity centres, HWRC's or recycling centres). Council tips are only available to residents, not businesses. Below is a map of the one HWRC in Richmond. 


Map of Richmond recycling centre

map of tips in Richmond


Household waste recycling centre 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



Thanks for reading! We hope you found our how to dispose of rubbish in Richmond guide useful. Why not try our How to Dispose of Rubbish guide for further reading about rubbish clearance? 


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