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How to dispose of rubbish in Norwich

8 November 2022

5 ways to dispose of rubbish & bulky waste in Norwich

This article is all about how to dispose of rubbish in Norwich. It covers all the ways you can dispose of or reuse your bulky waste if you live in Norwich, which means any waste that is too big for your bins. For instance, furniture like a sofa, armchair or wardrobe, or appliances, rubble or lots of garden waste. The key sections in this article are:

  1. Reuse options in Norwich
  2. Norwich city council bulky waste collection service
  3. Man & van waste collectors - how to find a local, reliable service plus examples and prices
  4. Skip hire in Norwich - plus skip hire proviers, prices and council permit fees
  5. Local Recycling Centres


1) Reuse options in Norwich

Could somebody else reuse your unwanted items? Why not donate them? There are lots of reuse options in Norwich and the best part - most are completely free.

Below are some of the popular reuse charities and social enterprises in Norwich. They all accept pre-owned furniture, appliances and generally larger items. 

Norwich Council Reuse Shops North Recycling Centre: Horsham St Faith, Norwich NR10 3JX

South Recycling Centre: Ipswich Rd, Norwich NR4 6FA

The Benjamin Foundation - Norwich Furniture Store 103 Oak St, Norwich NR3 3BP
BHS Furniture & Electrical 3a Castle Meadow, Norwich NR1 3PY
Big C charity shop 26 Magdalen St, Norwich NR3 1HU
YMCA charity shop 29-34 Anglia Square, Norwich NR3 1DZ


Note that any upholstered furniture donations need fire labels attached. Don't worry if you can't find any - see our Guide to Freecycle and Reuse in Norwich or check out Furniture Removal Norwich.



2) Norwich council bulky waste collection service

Norwich council charges £24.50 to collect 1 item. They will only collect large free-standing household items, including items from the list below:

  • Furniture - including sofas, armchairs, chairs, bedroom furniture, desks, coffee tables, table and chair sets
  • White goods - cookers, fridge/ freezers, washing machines
  • Household appliances - microwaves, speakers, TVs, toasters, hoovers
  • Larger flat items - ironing boards, sideboards
  • Bicycles
  • Rabbit hutches

See an extensive list of accepted and prohibited items here. To get rid of items that the council cannot collect, see our section on Man & Van collections or check whether Norwich's recycling centres accept your items. 

How to book the collection service

You can start the booking process from this page

On your allocated collection day, place your items on the edge of your property near to the road by 6:30 am. If you live in a flat, leave the item on the ground floor. It needs to be outside the building where the collection team can easily identify it. The council will only collect  from properties inside the Norwich city council area.

If you need to cancel or rearrange a collection, call the council: 0344 980 3333. Be aware that booking a collection is non-refundable.


3) Licensed man & van waste collectors

Another option is to hire a licensed man & van rubbish collector. This is a great alternative if the council can't collect the items you have, if you need a collection done quickly or urgently or if you can't lift the items yourself. Man & van collectors can clear most types of waste, can usually come on the day if necessary and can go inside your property to help. 

All waste collectors must carry an Environment Agency license and valid public liability insurance. It's illegal to let anybody else take your waste away (and you run the risk of it getting fly tipped!) so always check.


Cheapest licensed rubbish removal in Norwich

Find local, fully licensed and insured waste removal businesses in Norwich with the LoveJunk waste removal marketplace. Post a picture of your rubbish and nearby waste collectors submit quotes to take it away. If it's reusable (a nice sofa for example), you may get offers from reusers to come and collect for free. Choose the best quote, pay after collection and receive confirmation of disposal straight to your inbox. LoveJunk makes waste collection cheaper, faster and greener, and is widely recommended by local authorities, including Norwich council.



Examples of man & van Norwich rubbish removal prices

Man & van rubbish removal prices depend on the type and amount of waste you have. If you need an urgent removal doing, this is likely to cost a bit more. Check LoveJunk's rubbish removal prices comparison tool to see the latest jobs around the country. Below are a few examples of jobs that happened in Norwich.


Small sofa, £55

Assorted heavy items, £100

Triple wardrobe (glass doors), £80

Headboard & dismantled bed frame, £30

Building waste (3+ skips), £350

Garden waste (5x bags + messy waste), £80


4. Skip hire Norwich

Skips are useful if you have messy waste or rubble to get rid of. However, unlike man & van collectors, you'll need to load the skip yourself. Skip prices are fixed so it doesn't matter how full or empty the skip is, you'll pay the same. It's usually much more expensive to hire a skip because of additional permit and license fees. 

To learn more about how skip fees work, take a look at our Ultimate Guide to Skip Hire.


Norwich skip hire companies

We recommend local licensed companies when looking to hire a skip. Here are some of the main skip hire companies operating in Norwich:

Jay’s Total Waste  01603 744419
WT Skip hire 01493 668118
Parker Skips (PSH Environmental Ltd.) 01603 721533
Norman Wenn  01603 881292


Skip hire prices in Norwich

Below are typical skip hire prices (including VAT) for a mixed general waste skip in Norwich. The prices represent a hire period of 14 days. They don't include the necessary skip permits or parking bay suspensions for Norwich. 

Builder skip: 6 - 8 cubic yard skip @ £260 - £270

Maxi skip: 10 - 12 cubic yard skip @ £325


Skip permits and bay suspensions

You only need a skip permit if you’re going to put the skip on a public highway (a verge, path or road that is not within your property). Your skip hire company will apply for the skip permit and add it to the final price. This is because you need a waste carrier’s certificate to apply for the permit through the council. If you live in one, you might also need a controlled parking zone (CPZ) suspension. 


5. Norwich recycling centres

There are 2 recycling centres in Norwich. Both have Reuse Shops where you can donate reusable items and find bargain pre-owned items. If you’d like full information including opening hours, permitted and prohibited items, have a look at our Norwich Recycling Centre Guide

Norwich North Recycling Centre: Horsham St Faith, Norwich NR10 3JX

Norwich South Recycling Centre: Ipswich Rd, Norwich NR4 6FA


Map of Norwich tips

norwich recycling centre location map



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