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How to dispose of rubbish in Lambeth

11 February 2022

5 ways to get rid of bulky waste in Lambeth

The ultimate how to dispose of rubbish in Lambeth guide. If you live or work in the Brixton, Clapham, Gipsy Hill, Herne Hill, Kennington, Streatham, Stockwell, Vauxhall, Waterloo or West Norwood areas, this guide is for you! It covers all the ways to dispose of or reuse your bulky waste (i.e. anything too big for your regular wheelie bins). We discuss which solutions are the best value and the most eco-friendly, including:

  1. Reuse options  
  2. Lambeth 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 Lambeth residents


1. Reuse options in Lambeth

The most eco-friendly (and cheapest) 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). 

Donate to a Person 

Assuming a friend or relative doesn't want the item, a simple way to donate is to list it on LoveJunk and tick the ‘reusable’ box. This notifies reusers based in or near Lambeth 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.  

Lambeth Reuse Charities 

Here is a list of local Lambeth Reuse Charities in the Brixton, Clapham, Gipsy Hill, Herne Hill, Kennington, Streatham, Stockwell, Vauxhall, Waterloo and the West Norwood areas. These organisations collect quality furniture and large working appliances for free. Note that they are charities, so their response times and service levels may vary greatly.

InUse ReUse 51 Lilford Rd, Vassal, London SE5 9HY
BHF 36 Acre Ln, London SW2 5SP
Emmaus 7-9 Knights Hill, Norwood, London SE27 0HS
Secondhand Office Furniture Co 438 Wandsworth Rd, Nine Elms, London SW8 3NA
Traid 2 Acre Ln, London SW2 5SG
Remar Furniture Store 243 Southwark Park Rd., London SE16 3TS
Save the Children 36 Clapham High St, London SW4 7UR
Wandsworth Oasis 45 Old Town, London SW4 0JL


Did you know? Upholstered (fabric) furniture donations need fire labels still attached or a charity can't accept them. If you don't find a good reuse solution for your furniture, try Furniture Removal Lambeth.



2. Lambeth council bulky item collection service

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

Cost of Lambeth council bulky waste collection service 

Lambeth council charges: 

  • £19.70 to collect 1 - 2 items 
  • £9.30 for every additional item

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 Lambeth'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).  

Legitimate waste removal businesses have an Environment Agency License and public liability insurance. Never pay a company without these - you risk paying a cowboy operator who will only fly tip your waste!


Find cheapest bulky waste collector in Lambeth

Find local, fully licensed and insured rubbish removal businesses using LoveJunk waste removal and junk reuse marketplace. Receive no obligation quotes just by posting a picture of your waste. Choose the best price and pay securely online. We make sure that any collector using the LoveJunk platform is totally legitimate and has all the correct documentation. Plus, you receive full documentation that your waste was responsibly disposed of - no fly tipping guaranteed! Councils widely recommend us as the safest way to find a waste carrier.



Example Lambeth 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. For the latest rubbish removal jobs with prices and match times, see LoveJunk's rubbish removal prices gallery. Below are some examples of waste collections in Lambeth.


Bag of general garden waste, £60

Double bed used good condition, £60

Rolled carpet removal, £60

Mixed rubbish to collect, £100

Half sized bath and general waste, £150

Glass panels & whiteboard, £100

4. Skip hire in Lambeth

Another means of Lambeth 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 Lambeth area: 

Lambeth Skip Hire
Latham Skips
Reston Waste
BK Skip Hire
REM Skip Hire

Skip hire prices in Lambeth

Typical Lambeth 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 @ £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 Lambeth: £60 for 2 weeks

CPZ Bay Suspension: £43.38 per day

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


5. Tips & HWRCs in the Lambeth area

If you have a car, a very cheap way of Lambeth bulky waste collection is to dispose of your bulky waste at the local council tip. Council tips are only available to residents, not businesses. Below is a map of the council tip in Lambeth. 

Map of Lambeth tips

map of lambeth tips

Household waste recycling centre for Lambeth residents:

  • Lambeth reuse and recycling centre - SE27 9PA
  • Opening hours: Monday 7.30am - 4.30pm, Tuesday and Wednesday it is closed, Thursday and Friday, 7.30am - 4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday, 8am - 5pm)

Useful additional info:

  • Booking: You must book a time slot if you wish to visit by vehicle, bike or on foot
  • Photo identification: You must bring proof that you live in Lambeth; full or provisional UK driving licence, utility bill, bank or building society statement, council tax bill or mortgage or benefit statement, all must be dated within last 3 months
  • Help unloading: Site staff cannot help unless you have proof of a disability  
  • Vans: Vans and commercial vehicles will not be admitted, and are not allowed to unload outside the site
  • Waste types not accepted: Rubbish that is for disposal
  • Rules: This site is for reuse and recycling only. No children or pets allowed



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