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Wandsworth Rubbish Clearance & Bulky Waste Collection

30 June 2022

Wandsworth Bulky Waste Collection & Rubbish Clearance

The ultimate guide to Wandsworth bulky waste collection and rubbish clearance. LoveJunk is proudly recommended by Wandsworth council, so whether you live in Balham, Battersea, Clapham Junction, Putney, Tooting or Wandsworth Town, this guide shows you how best to dispose of your bulky junk (e.g. fridge, sofa, builders waste, mattress, rubble). We discuss which solutions are best for different types of junk, including the best value for money and the most eco-friendly options if you live in the Wandsworth area.

Key sections are:

  • Reuse options  
  • Council bulky waste collection service in Wandsworth
  • Man & van - with examples and prices 
  • Skip hire providers, skip hire prices and local skip permit fees
  • HWRCs / tips / civic amenity sites for Wandsworth residents 
  • Interesting rubbish statistics for Wandsworth council


Useful overall background: 


1. Reuse options in Wandsworth

So, let's get started! 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 someone within your network for free. Or, instead, you can find a local reuse charity. These charities will either give the items to someone in need or alternatively sell them and use the proceeds for their charitable cause. Also, it's important to remember that if you want to donate upholstered furniture to a charity, the item will need a fire safety certificate.

Donate to an Individual

Assuming no one wants what you are trying to get rid of, the simplest 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 Wandsworth

Below is a list of local Wandsworth reuse charities within Battersea, Earlsfield, Putney, Southfields, Tooting and Balham. These organisations collect furniture and large working appliances for free. It's important to note that response times and service levels may vary for these organisations.

Reuse Orgs Address
Wandsworth Oasis 138 Garratt Ln, London SW18 4EE
Marys Living & Giving 531 Old York Rd, London SW18 1TG
Age UK 549 Old York Rd, London SW18 1TQ
BHF 153-155 Wandsworth High St, London SW18 4JB


2. Council bulky item collection service in Wandsworth

Wandsworth 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 Wandsworth's bulky waste collection service, including how to book, please see below.

Cost of Wandsworth council bulky waste collection service 

Charges for Wandsworth council bulky waste collection service: 

  • £20.60 to collect 1 - 4 items 
  • Each additional item: £9.20 - up to three standard-sized refuse sacks will be charged as one bulky item

Additional information:

Response time:  typical wait times are 2 - 3 weeks

Concessions:  no concessions are available 

Appliances:  will collect appliances 

DIY/ home improvement waste:  bath and kitchen units, tiles, baths and cabinets can be collected. Waste from works of construction, demolition or preparatory works (for example, rubble, plasterboard, fitted kitchen units, fitted bathtubs, fitted carpets, doors etc cannot be accepted. For more details on DIY waste collection from Wandsworth council, click here.

Garden waste:  up to three will be charged as one bulky item

More details: full details of Wandsworth's bulky waste collection service, click here.


3. Use a private licensed man & van waste collector

If you can't use the council bulky waste collection 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 the following three points. Firstly, speed is a significant factor. A private man and van waste collector can respond much faster than the council. Secondly is labour, as collectors will collect from inside or outside the home whereas the council only pick up from inside. Lastly, the types of waste accepted, as private waste collectors can take all kinds of junk, including rubble and garden waste.

Furthermore, the pricing for a private man and van collection depends on the type and amount of waste and when you need it removed. For many more examples of Wandsworth bulky waste collections with photos and prices, see the LoveJunk Price Gallery.


Cheapest bulky waste collector in Wandsworth

When looking for the easiest way to find the nearest and cheapest licensed man & van waste collector for your rubbish in Wandsworth, look no further! LoveJunk is the waste removal and junk reuse marketplace. Unlike others, we not only guarantee that all collectors are correctly licensed and insured but, in addition, provide full details of where your waste ends up and how much of it avoids going to landfills. That is why we are recommended so widely by councils. In addition, we make junk removal cheaper, safer and greener. Just tap the green button below! 



4. Examples of man & van collections & prices in Wandsworth

Light double mattress, £40

Black habitat sofa disposal, £60

Sofa and footstool, £105

Cardboard packaging, £55

Tiles, chest of drawers and waste, £90

DIY waste, £81

5. Skip hire in Wandsworth

Another means of Wandsworth rubbish clearance is using skip hire. Skips are helpful if you have lots of 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.

Wandsworth 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 Wandsworth.

Skip Hire Wandsworth
Red Skip Hire Wandsworth
Wandsworth Skips
Skip Hire Fulham

Skip hire prices in Wandsworth

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

Builder skip: 6 – 8 cubic yard skip @ £275 - £290

Maxi skip: 10 - 12 cubic yard skip @ £355 - £370

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 Wandsworth: £37.60 per 14 days

CPZ Bay Suspension in Wandsworth: £52.00 per day (6 - 35 days)

Here is a link to the Wandsworth council website for skip permits: https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/business-and-licensing/licensing/skips-highways-and-pavement-licensing/skips-licensing/


6. Wandsworth Recycling centre 

Lots of stuff can be disposed of for free at Wandsworth Recycling centre. The council tip is only available to residents. For more detailed information please read our Wandsworth recycling centre guide  which includes opening hours, rules and booking information.

A map of Wandsworth tips



7. Rubbish stats for Wandsworth

Wandsworth borough has a population of 329,725  people and is made up of the following areas: Balham, Battersea, Clapham Junction, Putney, Tooting and Wandsworth Town. In 2021, there were 3,924 reported instances of fly-tipping in Wandsworth. This figure equates to 12 fly-tips per 1000 residents and 3 fly-tips per 100 households. And is based on 129,700 households. To see how Wandsworth compares, read our analysis of Fly-tipping in London and Fly tipping in England.

And finally...

Finally, thanks for reading! Let us know if you have any questions regarding bulky waste collection in Wandsworth because we would be happy to help. Likewise, if you would like to chat about anything featured in this blog or have any other questions about rubbish clearance in general, don't hesitate to get in touch. You can email us at [email protected] or connect with us on our social media channels.


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