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How to dispose of rubbish in Surrey

24 April 2021

Welcome to the ultimate how to dispose of rubbish in Surrey guide! This article covers everything you wanted to know about the options for disposing of bulky waste and junk, which is anything too big for your regular wheelie bins. For example, a sofa, an armchair (or any other large piece of furniture), appliances or DIY rubble. Key sections include:

  1. Reuse options  
  2. Surrey Councils’ 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 Surrey residents 


1. Reuse options in Surrey

The most eco-friendly (and cheapest) way to dispose of something is to donate it for reuse. Your two options are giving stuff to an individual directly or donating to reuse charities. 


Donate to a Person

Firstly (and 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 Surrey and, if someone wants it, they will send you an offer via our app to pick it up. The process is super easy and totally free.



Reuse Charities 

Below is a list of local reuse organisations in Surrey that either resell or give items directly to people in need:

Note these businesses cannot accept any sort of upholstered furniture without a fire safety label. If you don’t find any other reuse solution, check out our furniture removal guide for Surrey.


2. Surrey council bulky item collection service

Each council in Surrey offers householders a bulky collection service for items that are too big for your regular bins. You need to phone or email to book in a collection slot. None accept any DIY waste and expect to wait a couple of weeks for collection.


How much do councils in Surrey charge and do they offer concessions?

Local authority Standard item Concessions?
Elmbridge £35.20 Yes
Epsom and Ewell £48 No
Guildford £49 Yes
Mole Valley £47 No
Reigate and Banstead £40 No
Runnymede £75 Yes
Surrey Heath £35.20 Yes
Tandridge £43.50 Yes
Waverley £49 Yes
Woking £35 Yes


Other information about the council bulky service:

  • Response time:  typical wait times are 2 – 3 weeks
  • Concessions: for those in receipt of housing benefits a reduced fee is available with certain councils (see above)
  • Appliances: electrical items accepted but not American style fridges/freezers
  • DIY/ home improvement waste: no councils in Surrey accept any DIY style, home improvement waste 
  • Internal collections: only from outside the front of your property with easy access
  • Garden waste: no garden waste is collected 

More details: find full details for each council’s service via the links above.


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).  


Find cheapest bulky waste collector in Surrey

To easiest way to find the cheapest licensed man & van waste collector for your rubbish in Surrey today is to use the LoveJunk waste removal and junk reuse marketplace. LoveJunk guarantees all collectors are properly licensed and insured and provide full details of where your waste ends up and how much avoids going landfill. That is why LoveJunk is recommended so widely by councils.



Example Surrey 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. The LoveJunk Rubbish Removal Prices comparison tool shows the latest jobs around the country and how much they cost. Below are some examples from rubbish removal jobs in Surrey:


Small two-seater couch sofabed, £40

Garden cuttings, £75

Bath removal, £30

Sofa set removal, £100

Carpet and underlay disposal, £65

Mattress and three piece sofa, £105


4. Skip hire in Surrey

If you’ve got a large amount of rubbish, particularly if it contains a significant proportion of heavy, messy material like soil, bricks, rubble, sand, carpet tiles, or ceramic tiles – then you could hire a skip. 

  • Pros – good to contain very messy DIY/trade waste, jobs where you’re generating waste as you go, no real weight restrictions (whereas man & van normally limited to 1 tonne be load)
  • Cons – expensive, other people chuck their rubbish in it when you’re not watching! waiting times for delivery/organising permits, prohibited items

If you have smaller amounts of very heavy waste, an alternative to consider is a hippo bag, particularly if you don’t think you have enough waste to fill a skip. Hippo bags are like a smaller, canvas bag version of a skip. Read our Hippo Bag Guide here.


Skip hire prices 

According to our research, the average cost of hiring 6-yard builders skip located off-road (ie. on your driveway) in the Surrey area is around £250 – £290 including VAT


Skip permits and Bay suspensions 

Additional charges apply if the skip is located on the road. You will need a skip permit – which costs £85 (for the first week, and £23 for every week after) from the council and if it’s a Controlled Parking Zone, possibly also parking suspension fees.  Note normally the skip operator organises these extra and adds it to your bill.


Local skip hire companies   

Fowles Haulage
Chessington Skip Hire
Savetime Skip Company
Taurus Waste
A & J Skips



5. Drive to your local HWRC

Council tips (aka HWRC or a Civic Amenity Site) are great places to dispose of household waste for free. However, this is assuming you have a car and can fit your junk in it and have the time and muscles to do it. There are plenty of HWRC’s in the Surrey region. Below is a map showing nearest household waste recycling centres for Surrey residents.


Map of Surrey tips

map of council tips in Windsor and maidenhead


Household waste recycling centres for Surrey residents: 

  1. Bagshot – Swift Lane, Bagshot, Surrey, GU19 5NJ.
  2. Camberley – Wilton Road, Camberley, Surrey
  3. Caterham – Chaldon Road, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 5PG.
  4. Cranleigh – Elmbridge Road, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 8JX.
  5. Dorking – Ranmore Road, Dorking, Surrey RH4 1TL.
  6. Earlswood – Horley Road, Earlswood, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 6PN.
  7. Epsom – Blenheim Road, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 9DL. 
  8. Farnham – Bourne Mill, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 9PS. 
  9. Guildford – Moorfield Road, Slyfield Green Industrial Estate, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1RU. 
  10. Leatherhead – Randalls Road, Leatherhead. Surrey KT22 0BA.
  11. Lyne – Lyne Lane, Lyne, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 0AR.
  12. Shepperton – Charlton Lane, Shepperton, Surrey, TW17 8QA. 
  13. Warlingham – Bond Road, Warlingham, Surrey, CR6 9SD. 
  14. Witley – Petworth Road, Witley, Surrey, GU8 5QW.
  15. Woking – Martyrs Lane, Woking, Surrey, GU21 5NJ.


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 Surrey; 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 the last 3 months
  • Help unloading: Site staff cannot help unless you have proof of a disability  



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