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Camden Bulky Waste Collection & Rubbish Clearance Guide

18 November 2021

This is the ultimate guide to Camden bulky waste collection and rubbish clearance. It covers everything you need to know about how to dispose of any rubbish or junk too big for your normal bin (eg. sofa, fridge, DIY waste, fridge, office chair) if you live or work in the Camden area. It includes which service is best for different types of waste and what is the cheapest and/or most environmentally friendly.

Key sections are:

  • Reuse options  
  • Camden Council 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 Camden residents 
  • Interesting rubbish stats for Camden council 


Useful background: 

1. Reuse options in Camden

The greenest and cheapest way to dispose of something is to give it to somebody for reuse. You can donate bulky items to an individual directly or to a reuse charity. Remember, if you wish to donate upholstered furniture to a charity, it must have a fire safety certificate.

Donate to a Person Directly

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 near Eastbourne and, if someone wants it, they will send you an offer via our app to pick it up. The process is super easy and free.  

The major benefit of using LoveJunk (and why we charge £10) rather than sites like 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 having to deal with timewasters.



Camden Bulky Waste Collection Reuse Charities 

Below is a list of local Camden Reuse Charities that collect good quality furniture and/or domestic appliances for free. Bear in mind they are charities, so response times and service levels can vary greatly. 

Bright Sparks Community Projects 176 Seven Sisters Road, London, N7 7PX
NLWA Unit 1B, Berol House 25 Ashley Road
Tottenham Hale, London, N17 9LJ
Little Village HQ 150 Ossulston St, NW1 1EE
Camden Giving 5-7 Buck St, London, NW1 8NJ
Marys Living & Giving 109 Regent's Park Rd, NW1 8UR
Triad 154 Camden High St, NW1 0NE
Sue Ryder 46-50 Parkway, NW1 7AH
Oxfam 89 Camden High St, NW1 7JL
BHF 65 Camden High St, NW1 7JL


2. Camden council bulky item collection service

Camden council offers a relatively cheap collection service for bulky items. It is not available to local businesses or tradespeople.  

Cost of Camden council bulky waste collection service 

The council charges: 

  • £25 for 1 to 5 items 
  • £50 for 6 to 10 items
  • £75 for 11 to 15 items

Other information about the council bulky service

Response time:  typical wait times are 2- 3 weeks.  

Concessions:  available for elderly residents and people receiving income benefits 

Appliances: they charge £10 for 1 or 2 large electrical items

DIY/ home improvement waste: the service does not cover DIY style, home improvement waste 

Internal collections: not available. All waste must to be placed outside the property in advance of collection date.  

Garden waste: the council also offers a Garden waste collection service. This costs £75 for a 12-month service and is a weekly collection service of up to 3 garden waste bags or one brown garden waste wheelie bin. 

More details: full details of Camden’s bulky waste collection service, including how to book, can be found here. 


3. Use a private licensed man & van waste collector

If you cannot donate your item and don’t want to or cannot use the council bulky collection service, then you will likely require a licensed man & van rubbish collector.  

Similar to the council service, a man and van waste contractor comes to the property, loads up your bulky waste and takes it away for the disposal. The key differences to the council service are speed (private contractors can normally pick up the same day), labour (they can collect from anywhere on the property), and 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 removing. To get a rough idea, see the section below.  For more examples, see our Price gallery. For more detailed background, read our Price Guidance.

4. Find cheapest waste collector in Camden 

The simplest way to find the cheapest, available licensed man & van waste collector in Camden is to use the LoveJunk marketplace. LoveJunk guarantees all collectors are properly licensed and insured and also provide full details of where your waste ends up and how much avoids going landfill. That is why LoveJunk is so widely recommended by councils, including Camden Council. 



4. Example Camden man & van bulky waste collection prices

1 Small double mattress, £25

Armchair, footstool, divan base, £50

2 unused metal radiators, £10

Garden waste and trellis, £30

Armchair disposal, £30

Double mattress & memory top, £50

5. Skip hire in Camden

Another way to dispose of bulky waste in Camden is skip hire. Unlike man & van rubbish clearance, you need to load the skip and the price is fixed regardless of how much you fill it. Skip hire is generally much more expensive than using a man & van but a skip is useful if you have lots of messy waste you wish to contain while undertaking a project. For more information on skip hire, read our Ultimate Guide to Skip Hire. 

Local Skip hire companies  

List in alphabetical order of licensed skip hire companies that serve Camden area: 

Skip prices in Camden 

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

Builder skip: 6 – 8 cubic yard skip @ £245 - £265

Maxi skip: 10 - 12 cubic yard skip @ £340 - £360

Skip Permits and Bay Suspensions 

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 Camden: £58.16 for 2 weeks; £84.87 for 4 weeks 

CPZ Bay Suspension: £42.21 for 1 day; £46.42 for 2-5 days; £50.65 for 6-10 days  

Here is a link to the council website for skip permits: https://www.camden.gov.uk/skip-licence  


6. Tips & HWRCs in Camden area

If you have transport, a low cost way of disposing of your bulky waste is to take it to you nearest council tip. Council tips are only available to residents not businesses. 

Below is a map of council tips, household waste recycling centres and civic amenity sites in or near the Camden region. 

Map of Camden tips 

map of Camden tips


List of nearest sites and postcode: 

  • Regis Road Reuse and Recycling Centre - NW5 3EW. Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 9am to 4am
  • Hornsey Street Reuse Recycling Centre – N7 8HU. Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 9am to 4am

Useful additional info: 

  • Booking: Book at least 24 hours in advance (up to two weeks ahead)  
  • Height restriction barrier: 1.85m 
  • Help unloading: Site staff cannot help unless you have proof of a disability  
  • Charges:  Free of charge 
  • Waste types not accepted: trade (commercial) waste
  • Waste types accepted: Each North London household can take up to six standard rubble sacks of soil/rubble to an RRC each month. This includes concrete, brick, stones, pebbles, soil, sand and gravel. 



7. Rubbish stats for Camden

In 2021, there were 36,696 reported instances of fly tipping in Camden. That figure equates to 131 fly tips per 1000 residents and 33 fly tips per 100 households, based on a population of 279,516 and 111,400 households respectively. To see how Camden compares to other councils in London and the rest of the country, read our analysis of Fly tipping in England and Fly tipping in London.    

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