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How to dispose of rubbish in Croydon

3 February 2022

5 ways to get rid of bulky rubbish in Croydon

The ultimate how to dispose of rubbish in Croydon guide. It covers how to dispose of any rubbish or bulky junk (anything too big for your bins eg. sofa, large appliance, builder waste, mattress, rubble, fridge) if you live or work in the Croydon area, which solution is best for different types of waste, and what is the best value and most eco-friendly:

  1. Reuse options  
  2. Croydon Council bulky waste collection service  
  3. Man & van rubbish clearance collectors , with examples and prices 
  4. Skip hire providers, skip hire prices and local skip permit fees
  5. Tips/ HWRCs / civic amenity sites for Croydon residents 


1. Reuse options in Croydon

The most eco-friendly and lowest cost way to dispose of something is to donate it for reuse. You can give stuff to an individual directly or to reuse charities (who then give it to someone in need or sell it and use the proceeds for their charitable cause). Remember, if you want to donate upholstered furniture to a charity, it requires a fire safety certificate. 

Donate to a Person

Assuming a friend or relative doesn't want 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 Croydon 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.  

Croydon Reuse Charities

Here is a list of local Croydon Reuse Charities that collect quality furniture and large working appliances for free. Note that they are charities, so their response times and service levels may vary greatly.

Alices Attic - Princess Alice Hospice 49 High St, Croydon, CR0 1QD
BHF Furniture & Electrical 7-10 Suffolk House & 1st floor No.6, George Street, Croydon, CR0 1PE
Croydon Community Reuse Shop Fishers Farm Household Waste and Recycling Centre, CR0 3RL
Debra - Croydon 388 London Road, Croydon, CR0 2SW
Emmaus 7-9 Knights Hill, West Norwood, SE27 0HS
Hidden Gems 96 High St, Croydon, CR0 1ND
Mary's Living & Giving 38 High Street Wimbledon, SW19 5BZ
Revive & Recycle 160 Bromley Rd, London, SE6 2NZ
Shop from Crisis, Croydon Unit 8, Crown Hill, Church St, Croydon, CR0 1RZ
Sue Ryder 35 Wallington Square, Wallington, SM6 8RG
The Garwood Foundation 127 South End, Croydon, CR10 1BJ


Alongside the reuse charities mentioned above, Croydon has The Croydon Reuse Organisation that receives furniture donations. This offers learning opportunities to all sectors of the community in the form of small group workshops focusing on upholstery, woodwork, carpentry, and sewing. 

Do you have furniture that can't be reused? Check out Furniture Removal Croydon.



2. Croydon council bulky item collection service

Croydon council offers residents a collection service for bulky items. The service is not available to local businesses or tradespeople.  


Cost of Croydon council bulky waste collection service

Croydon council charges: 

  • £35.53 to collect 1 - 3 items 
  • £58.45 for 4- 6 items


Other information about the council bulky service:

Response time:  typical wait times are 2 - 3 weeks

Concessions:  no concessions available 

Appliances: they collect electrical items but not American style fridges

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

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

Garden waste: no garden waste is collected 

More details: full details of Croydon'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 wish to or cannot use the council bulky collection service, then 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, and 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 can take all types including things like rubble and garden waste).  

Btw, always make sure that any waste carrier you hire has a valid waste carrier license from the Environment Agency and public liability insurance. Avoid cowboy operators and any potential fly tipping by checking!


Find cheapest bulky waste collector in Croydon

Find the local, fully licensed man & van businesses in Croydon with LoveJunk waste removal and junk reuse marketplace. Get multiple quotes from collectors and reusers, compare the price and customer reviews. Choose the best one and receive full documentation to your inbox after collection! Widely recommended by councils and no fly tipping guaranteed.



Example Croydon man & van bulky waste collection prices

The cost of a private man and van collection depends on the type and amount of waste and when you need it removed. LoveJunk has a rubbish removal prices comparison tool where you can see the very latest prices up and down the country, as well as filter by waste type. Below are some example waste removal jobs that happened in Croydon.


Glass table with 6 metal chairs, £55

1 drawer 3 shelves 1 kids bed, £50

Armchair and workstation disposal, £30

Broken sofa, £40

Toys and general rubbish clearance, £25

Wardrobe disposal, £20

4. Skip hire in Croydon

Another means of Croydon rubbish clearance is skip hire. Unlike man & van collection, 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 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 Croydon area: 

Able Waste Services - Skip Hire Croydon
blu1 skip hire
BSP Skip Hire
C&M Skips
Casey's Skip Hire | Skip Hire Croydon
Ceejay Skips
Curley Skip Hire
Danjo's Skip Hire Ltd
GSE Skips
Henry Woods Skips
Hinton's Waste Skip Hire
JN Skips
Lathams Skip Hire
Maguire Skips
Norris Skips
Robrien Skip Hire Croydon
Ryan Skips
Skip Hire Shirley
TJS Skips


Skip hire prices in Croydon

Typical Croydon 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 - £290 

Maxi skip: 10 - 12 cubic yard skip @ £350 - £370


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 Croydon: £66 for 2 weeks

CPZ Bay Suspension: £40.00 per day

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


5. Tips & recycling centres in Croydon area

If you have a car or live nearby, a very cheap way of Croydon bulky waste collection is to dispose of your bulky waste at the local council tip. Council tips are only available to residents, not businesses.  These are the three recycling centres (otherwise known as dump or tip) available to people in Croydon

  • Factory Lane Reuse and Recycling Centre - CR0 3RL (opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 7.30am to 4.30pm, Sunday, 8.30am to 4pm)
  • Fishers Farm – CR0 0LB (opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm, Saturday, 9am to 2pm, Sunday, 9am to 1pm)
  • Purley Oaks – CR8 2BG (opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am to 3.30pm)

For comprehensive and information, including maps and opening hours, and what items are accepted and what info you need to bring to be able to use them, please read our Croydon Recycling Centre Guide.



Thanks for reading! We hope you found our How to Dispose of Rubbish in Croydon guide useful. You might also be interested in our comprehensive guide to rubbish removal How to Dispose of Rubbish.


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