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How to dispose of rubbish in Ealing

2 March 2022

5 ways to get rid of bulky rubbish in Ealing

The ultimate how to dispose of rubbish in Ealing guide! Whether you live in Acton, Ealing, Greenford, Hanwell, Northolt, Perivale or  Southall, we look at how best to dispose of rubbish or bulky junk (e.g. fridge, sofa, builders waste, mattress, rubble). We discuss which solutions are best for different types of junk, including:

  1. Reuse options  
  2. Council bulky waste collection service in Ealing
  3. Man & van - with examples and prices 
  4. Skip hire providers, skip hire prices and local skip permit fees
  5. HWRCs / tips / civic amenity sites for Ealing residents


1. Reuse options in Ealing

Unless the item is beyond saving, the most cost-efficient and eco-friendly way to dispose of something is to donate it for reuse. You can either give your stuff to an individual looking for a second hand bargain, or donate to a local charity. 

Donate to an Individual

Assuming no friends or family want what you are trying to get rid of, a simple way to donate the item is to list it on LoveJunk and tick the 'reusable' box. This notifies reusers based in or around your location. The process is free and super easy.

Charities and organisations for Reuse in Ealing

Below is a list of local Ealing reuse charities within Acton, Ealing, Greenford, Hanwell, Northolt, Perivale and Southall. These organisations collect furniture and large working appliances for free. Response times and service levels can vary for these organisations.

Reuse Organisations Address
BHF 13 Broadway, Greater, W13 9DA
Marys Living & Giving 2 The Grn, London W5 5DA
Princess Alice West Ealing 64a The Broadway, W13 0SU
YMCA shop 83 Broadway, London W13 9BP
Octavia Foundation 40 High St, London W5 5DB
Cancer Research 66 The Mall, London W5 5LS


To donate any upholstered furniture (sofas, armchairs or anything with fabric) you need a fire label as charities can't legally accept them without. If you're out of options and need to get rid, check out Furniture Removal Ealing.



2. Council bulky item collection service in Ealing

Ealing council offers residents a collection service for bulky items. However, the service is not available to local businesses or tradespeople. Regarding the full details of Ealing's bulky waste collection service, including how to book, please see below.

Cost of Ealing council bulky waste collection service 

Charges for Ealing council bulky waste collection service: 

  • £40.00 to collect 1 - 8 items 
  • £25.00 per fridge/freezer

Additional information:

  • Response time:  typical wait times are 2 - 3 weeks
  • Concessions:  no concessions available 
  • Appliances:  will collect appliances 
  • DIY/ home improvement waste: DIY waste is not accepted
  • Garden waste: garden waste collections are not accepted

More details: despite this comprehensive list, for full details of Ealing's bulky waste collection service, click here


3. Use a private licensed man & van waste collector

If you can't use the council service or donate your item, you will most likely need a licensed man & van rubbish collector. 

The main differences between man and van waste collectors and the council's bulky collection service are speed, convenience and scope of waste clearance. Firstly, a private man and van waste collector can respond much faster than the council (sometimes on the same day). Secondly, private collectors can clear rubbish from inside or outside the home whereas the council only pick up from inside. Lastly, private waste collectors can take all kinds of junk, including rubble and garden waste.

It's very important to check that any private waste collector you hire in licensed with the Environment Agency and has a valid public liability insurance. Unfortunately, there are a lot of cowboys in the industry who will take your waste for a small price, fly tip it and pocket the money!


Cheapest licensed rubbish clearance in Ealing

You can find local, fully licensed waste removal businesses using The LoveJunk Marketplace. Simply post a picture of your waste and let nearby waste carriers quote to take it away. Choose the best price and receive full confirmation that your waste was responsibly disposed of, plus how much was diverted from landfill. No fly tipping guaranteed, we average 98% landfill diversion and are widely recommended by councils!



Examples of man & van collections & prices in Ealing

The pricing for a private man and van collection depends on the type and amount of waste and when you need it removed. Below are some examples of rubbish clearance jobs with photos and prices that happened in Ealing. To view more examples, see LoveJunk's Rubbish Removal Prices.


Tumble dryer, £20

2 bags of garden waste, £80

8 foot trampoline disposal, £35

Double mattress, £50

Sofa bed, £30

Mixed junk, £35

4. Skip hire in Ealing

Another means of Ealing rubbish clearance is skip hire. Skips are helpful if, for example, you have lots of cumbersome, messy waste and would like to contain it all in one place. But, unlike a man & van collection, you need to load the skip yourself, and the price is fixed regardless of how much you fill it. Skip hire is also significantly more expensive than using a man & van waste collector because of the permits and license fees on top. For a look at skip hire in greater detail, please read our Ultimate Guide to Skip Hire for more information.

Ealing skip hire companies 

In general, it is good to use a licensed skip hire company that serves your local area. Here are some of the local skip hire companies within the borough of Ealing.

Skip Hire Ealing
West London Skips
Easy Skip Hire Ealing
West Ealing Skips

Skip hire prices in Ealing

Below you'll find the typical skip hire prices (including VAT) for mixed general waste in Ealing but to clarify, these figures do not include skip permits or parking bay suspension fees.

Builder skip: 6 – 8 cubic yard skip @ £265 - £285

Maxi skip: 10 - 12 cubic yard skip @ £345 - £355

Skip Permits and Bay Suspensions

If you want to place a skip on the road, you will definitely need a skip permit license and possibly a CPZ parking suspension. For more information regarding skip permits, take a look at our Guide to Skip Permits and Bay Suspensions.

Skip License Ealing: £50.00 per 14 days

CPZ Bay Suspension: £50.00 per day

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


5. Recycling centres in Ealing

If you have means of transport (and the muscle!), a cheap way to dispose of your bulky waste is by taking your junk to your local council tip. However, council tips are only available to residents, not businesses. Below is a map of the council recycling centre in Ealing. 

A map of Ealing tips

map of ealing recycling centre

Household waste recycling centre for Ealing residents:

  • Greenford Reuse and Recycling Centre - Greenford Rd, Greenford, Middlesex UB6 9AP
  • Hours: Monday to Sunday, 8 am to 4 pm

Useful additional info:

  • Booking: Only cars, motorbikes and cyclists are permitted, pedestrian entries are prohibited. Up to two booking slots per household per week
  • Photo identification: Visitors must display a valid resident permit and ID on arrival which shows your Ealing address, such as a current UK photo-card driving license
  • Unloading: Site staff cannot help overall unless you have proof of a disability
  • Cars: Booking times for cars between 10 am and 4 pm each day
  • Vans: Van bookings must enter the site via the weighbridge due to height restrictions
  • Rules: DIY and Garden waste is accepted



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