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London Rubbish Tip Guide


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Through years of experience in the rubbish collection industry the team here at JunkWize have built a detailed knowledge of recycling centres and rubbish dumps throughout London. We have also managed to build lasting working relationships with these establishments and their employees throughout this period.

Despite local councils doing their best to make rubbish removal in London an easier process for us all, the fact is that it’s often far from simple to get your rubbish to its correct location quickly and in the correct manner.

No matter whether you live in the leafy streets of Wandsworth, the stucco squares of Kensington or the black brick urban jungle of central London, it’s almost certain that our team will have safely cleared and disposed of rubbish in your area.

As such, we thought that we would impart some of our knowledge to you to make sure that rubbish removal doesn’t become the bane of your life.

Where do you find your local Recycling Centre/ Tip/ Dump?

There are many bastions of proper waste disposal and across London, so we won’t bore you with listing each and every one available. However, we will say that your first port of call should be the council website for your specific London borough. In conjunction with this you should also be sure to check the location of rubbish dumps in your neighboring boroughs as well as these will sometimes be even closer to you.

Also be sure to investigate the websites of any waste authorities that cover your specific area. The most useful ones we’ve come across are:

  • If you live in West London then you should know about the West London Waste Authority (WLWA). Not only do they advise you on how to recycle, but they also list recycling centres across the area.
  • If you live in East London then it’s worth visiting the East London Waste Authority (ELWA) website. On it is a comprehensive list of the reuse and recycling centres stretching from Havering to Newham.
  • The South London Waste Partnership (SWLP) is made up of four local councils (Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton) who are working together to improve waste management and rubbish removal in South London.
  • If you live in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea or Lambeth and Wandsworth then the Western Riverside Waste Authority (WRWA) website really merits a look. It’s well formatted and in less than 30 seconds you can have the information you want.

Top Tips

The effort of packing your rubbish up and transporting it in your car or a rented van is always time consuming, tiresome and often smelly, so it’s vital that you know what to do before you set out:

  • Check what rubbish your dump deals with – The last thing you want to do is get to the dump and realise they don’t accept the rubbish you’re trying to get rid of. We recommend that you check online beforehand what rubbish your dump accepts; the websites mentioned above do a good job of outlining this.


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  • Check the traffic – Avoid Saturdays if possible as they are virtually always horrendously busy.  It’s worth checking what hours your local dump is open and then picking an off-peak time to go (usually early morning or during office hours) if you want to avoid lengthy queues.

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  • Check if there are charges to use the site – Some centres have an entry fee or will charge you for dropping off certain items so it’s worth having a look around at your various options. Some quick research beforehand could save you from some unnecessary costs.


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  • Remember to take your ID – Most centres require you to bring some ID as proof that you live in the borough so to be on the safe side always remember to take some along. Forms of ID that are accepted are a current Council Tax bill and/or driving license and failure to produce one of these will incur a fee to use the site.

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  • Check vehicle height restrictions – There is usually a height restriction on vehicles allowed into most rubbish centres. This averages around the 2m mark but if you’re unsure it’s certainly worth your while checking online beforehand. If you have gone for the expensive option of hiring a van then check its height beforehand!


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  • Check how much rubbish you can take – Different sites place different weight restrictions on vehicles and can charge either based on the weight of your car or the size of your vehicle.

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  • Check whether you need a permit – Certain items cannot be disposed of straightforwardly and will require a permit to be taken off your hands. This is the case for electric and electronic products where you will need a WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) permit if you are removing large amounts. Fortunately, this should be provided with any goods from a reliable distributor – you’ll just need to fish out the permit before you head to the rubbish tip!


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When it comes to rubbish removal, a little bit of preparation can go a long way. Hopefully these tips provide a helpful set of reminders for your next visit to the dump. If it all gets a little too much, then the team at JunkWize can take all the stress out of the task and do everything for you – the collection and the appropriate disposal.

If disposing of your rubbish in the correct manner seems like a little to much hassle then why not let Junkwize take care of it. Contact a member of the Junkwize team today using the button below and receive your free quote for rubbish removal and collection in London.