large council item collection and disposal options for London councils

London Council Large Item Collection

10 May 2020

Looking for a London council large item collection? London councils provide residents with a couple of ways to get rid of stuff that’s too big for the bin.  Either you can take it yourself to the local household waste recycling centre (HWRC) or you can book a collection to have it collected from your home. This article considers both of these options but most importantly discusses how they differ across London boroughs.

  1. What is a HWRC?
  2. Which bulky waste disposal solution is best?
  3. Council large item collection services in London
  4. Household Waste Recycling Centres in the London region
  5. Alternatives to using the council

1. What is a HWRC?

To avoid any confusion, please note that ‘HWRC’ is just another name for your local tip or dump. For instance, some councils refer to HWRCs as civic amenity sites or CA sites. Household waste recycling centre obviously sounds more environmentally positive than ‘dump’ and similarly reflects how most of the waste is now recycled or reused, rather than sent to landfill.

2. Which London Council Bulky Waste Disposal Solution is Best?

Whether one option is better for you than another depends on a number of things. Maybe you have no vehicle or perhaps your favour the cheaper alternative. As an example, here are some of the main factors to bear in mind when thinking about which service to go for:

table comparing council bulky waste collection service to taking rubbish to your local tip


3. Council large item collection services in London

The table below shows how much each council charges householders for a bulky waste collection along with the maximum number of large items they will remove.  While some councils are cheaper than others, they may, on the other hand not offer to pick up as many items at one time. Also, most councils offer substantial reductions for residents on income support and in addition some charge significant premiums for certain items like fridges and next day collections.

Table showing the costs of the London council large item collection per item

London Council Sofa Fridge Mattress 3 Combo £
Barking & Dagenham £10.00 £10.00 £10.00 £10.00
Barnet £35.00 £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
Bexley £38.00 £38.00 £38.00 £38.00
Brent £35.00 £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
Bromley £36.00 £36.00 £36.00 £36.00
Camden £25.00 £25.00 £25.00 £25.00
City of London £35.00 £35.00 £35.00 £35.00
Croydon £31.78 £31.78 £31.78 £31.78
Ealing £40.00 £25.00 £40.00 £40.00
Enfield £42.20 £42.20 £42.20 £51.40
Greenwich £10.72 £10.72 £10.72 £10.72
Hackney £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 £15.00
Hammersmith & Fulham £26.55 £26.55 £26.55 £26.55
Haringey £20.00 £20.00 £20.00 £20.00
Harrow £42.00 £42.00 £14.50 £42.00
Havering £44.50 £44.50 £44.50 £44.50
Hillingdon £25.00 £25.00 £25.00 £25.00
Hounslow £40.00 £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
Islington £30.00 £30.00 £30.00 £30.00
Kingston Upon Thames £37.00 £37.00 £37.00 £37.00
Lambeth £17.00 £17.00 £17.00 £25.00
Lewisham £22.00 £30.00 £22.00 £22.00
Merton £32.00 £32.00 £32.00 £32.00
Newham £20.00 £20.00 £20.00 £20.00
Redbridge £10.00 £10.00 £10.00 £30.00
Richmond upon Thames £62.00 £62.00 £62.00 £62.00
Southwark £25.00 £25.00 £25.00 £25.00
Sutton £31.80 £31.80 £31.80 £31.80
Tower Hamlets £0.00 £0.00 £0.00 £0.00
Waltham Forest £27.00 £27.00 £27.00 £48.50
Wandsworth £20.00 £20.00 £20.00 £20.00
Westminster £31.00 £31.00 £31.00 £31.00

source LoveJunk  (March 2022)

4. Fees

The council charging residents the highest flat fee is Richmond, who charge £62.00 for the removal of 3 items. Not all councils in London expect you to cough up for their removal service though – Tower Hamlets offer two free collections a year and Redbridge offer one free service free of charge.

5. Household Waste Recycling Centres in London

Firstly, if you have the means of transport and time to load up your car, then taking your bulky item to the tip is certainly the cheapest and most efficient way to dispose of your waste, rather than having it collected by the council. Secondly, HRWCs accept more types of waste than the council bulky waste collection service does and usually at no cost. If you are interested in visiting, here is a handy map of all the HWRCs in London.

map of London HWRCs, rubbish tips and Civic amenity sites

Source: AnyJunk June 2020

No. Recycling Centre / Tip/ HWRC / CA site in London Postcode
1 Acton Reuse and Recycling Centre W3 8DJ
2 Barking & Dagenham, Frizlands Lane Recycling Centre RM10 7ES
3 Barnet Civic Amenity Site N12 0RF
4 Bracknell Household Waste Recycling Centre RG12 1RB
5 Brent, Abbey Road Recycling Centre NW10 7TJ
6 Bromley, Churchfields Road Reuse and Recycling Centre BR3 4QR
7 Bromley, Waldo Road Civic Amenity Site BR1 1QX
8 Camden, Regis Road Recycling Centre NW5 3EW
9 Croydon, Factory Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre CR0 3RL
10 Croydon, Fishers Farm HWRC CR0 0LB
11 Croydon, Purley Oaks HWRC CR8 1DG
12 Ealing, Greenford Reuse and Recycling Centre UB6 9AR
13 Enfield, Barrowell Green Civic Amenity Site N21 3AU
14 Greenwich Reuse and Recycling Centre SE28 0AF
15 Haringey, Western Road Reuse and Recycling Centre N22 6XJ
16 Harrow Recycling Centre HA3 8NT
17 Havering, Gerpins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre RM14 2TW
18 Hillingdon, New Years Green Lane HWRC UB9 6LX
19 Hillingdon, West Drayton Civic Amenity UB7 7QT
20 Hounslow, Space Waye TW14 0TH
21 Islington, Hornsey Street Reuse and Recycling Centre N7 8HU
22 Kingston Household Recycling Centre KT1 3GZ
23 Lambeth Reuse and Recycling Centre SE27 9BD
24 Lewisham Reuse and Recycling Centre SE14 5RS
25 Merton Recycling and Reuse Centre SM4 4AX
26 Newham, Jenkins Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre IG11 0AD
27 Redbridge, Chigwell Road Reuse and Recycling Centre IG8 8PP
28 Richmond, Townmead Road Reuse and Recycling Centre TW9 4EL
29 Southwark HWRC SE15 1AL
30 Sutton Reuse and Recycling Centre SM3 9QH
31 Tower Hamlets Reuse and Recycling Centre E14 9RG
32 Waltham Forest Reuse and Recycling Centre E17 8AX
33 Wandsworth, Smugglers Way HWRC

SW18 1JS


6. Alternatives to a council collection or going to the tip

In conclusion, if you don’t want to have to wait up to two weeks for the council to come and pick up your bulky waste or don’t have the wheels to take your waste to the tip yourself, there are other certainly alternatives. In particular, you could hire a skip or use a private waste contractor for same-day rubbish removal but make sure they are fully licensed. LoveJunk uses marketplace technology to offer the cheapest and most reliable waste collectors near you. Just click on any of the big green buttons on this page to find your cheapest available collector today.


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Additionally, we put together some detailed information on every London household waste recycling centre including opening hours, whether you need to book in advance and what types of waste they allow.

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