South West London Waste Removal – 8th October 2021

There are approximately 1.6 million people living in South West London covering many of the city’s most exclusive boroughs such as Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Lambeth, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Richmond Upon Thames. South west London is also one of the greenest areas of the capital being home to many of the royal parks including the largest, Richmond park which covers 2500 acres of land and is home to numerous wildlife including the infamous deer.

Covering such a densely populated area it is no wonder that in South West London there is ever increasing demand for greater waste removal services. There are numerous ways to dispose of rubbish in South West London with services from council run depots, independent subscription rubbish removal services, to independent one off rubbish removal companies like In South West London, due to the lack of space either on private property or public areas such as the roadside it is often difficult albeit impossible to arrange skip hire. This is why many residents turn to rubbish removal companies who arrive, load and dispose of waste without the need for somewhere to house a skip and without the need for added extras such as permits. In order to keep costs down and to reduce your carbon footprint we advise to use a local company wherever possible whilst also ensuring they are operating legally by checking their waste carriers licence.

You can check the company you are using has a valid waste carrier licence here.

Recycling Centres

There is a dedicated council run recycling centre for each area of South West London that are usually free to use and open to all residents. The council’s reuse and recycle rate is 39.7% in South West London with a landfill rate of 60.3%.  Many require you to show some form of ID or proof of address whilst others require you to register online so ensure you check the rules before you set out for the centre. Residents of Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster, Lambeth and Wandsworth share the community recycling centres at Smugglers Way in Wandsworth and Cringle Street in Battersea.  There are also smaller sites within the boroughs which offer recycling services whereby they will accept small electrical appliances, plastic bottles, cans etc.  To get the full details of these you can look them up on the website

Doorstep Collection

Councils do offer varying doorstep collections with some requesting a fee for a one off collection of bulky items such a fridges, sofas, mattresses etc whilst other councils will provide a one-off free service of removal of a single item once or twice a year. Though often this will incur a long wait due to high demand, often as long as 6-8 weeks.

Recycling and the increased focus on becoming more environmentally conscious has meant that local authorities as well as residents are a lot more aware of where waste ends up and this is even more pertinent in the busy streets of South West London where London’s landfill capacity is set to run out by 2026.

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