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Rubbish Removal Norwich

8 November 2022

Advice and info on how to dispose of rubbish & bulky waste in Norwich

This article is all about rubbish removal Norwich. It covers all the ways you can dispose of or reuse your bulky waste in Norwich, including how to choose which solution is best for you. 

The key sections in this article are:

  • Reuse options in Norwich
  • Norwich city council bulky waste collection service
  • Man & van waste collectors - how to find a local, reliable service plus examples and prices
  • Skip hire in Norwich - plus skip hire proviers, prices and council permit fees
  • Recycling centres in Norwich


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

The council 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

Certain items are not accepted, such as:

  • Sacks of rubbish (these count as trash for your bins)
  • DIY waste
  • Hazardous waste
  • Aga-type ovens
  • Bathroom suites - e.g. bathtubs, sinks, bidets or toilets
  • Chemicals, oils or fluids
  • Doors or windows
  • Garden waste - including sheds, fencing
  • Trade waste/ builders rubble
  • Tyres
  • Radiators 

See an extensive list of accepted 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. 


Cost of the collection service

Number of items Charge
1 £24.50
2 £28
3 £31
4 £51
5 £54.50
6 £57.50
7 £78
8 £81
9 £84
10 £104.50


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 come on the day if necessary and can go inside your property to help. 

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. 


How to find a good waste collector in Norwich

The best way to find a well-priced, reliable rubbish collector in Norwich is to use the LoveJunk waste removal marketplace. Recommended by Norwich council, LoveJunk lets you to create a free listing of any rubbish you’d like to dispose of and get quotes from local licensed waste collectors or those wanting to reuse your items. You then pay after collection securely through the app. To create a listing just snap some photos of your junk and then nearby licensed waste collectors will send you quotes to take it away. Choose the best quote (based on price and reviews), then pay after the collection. 




Examples of man & van Norwich rubbish removal prices


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



6. Rubbish statistics & fly tipping in Norwich

In 2021, Norwich council reported 4,755 cases of fly-tipping, equal to 8 fly-tips per 1000 residents and 33 per 100 households. This is based on a population of 142,177 people. To see how Norwich compares, have a look at our Fly Tipping Map of England.



Thank you for reading! Let us know if you have any questions about rubbish removal Norwich - we'd be happy to help. Alternatively, if you'd like to chat about anything in this article or have questions about waste clearance in general, drop us a line. Email us at [email protected] or find us on our social media channels.


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