The council is responsible for waste collection in London

The council is responsible for waste collection in London

Waste collection in London is the responsibility of the local council, as is the disposal of the waste. The council can advise you when to expect collection, they can also aid you in deciding what items can be recycled as well disposing of bulky items, electrical apparatus and clinical waste.

Collection days:

Household waste is collected regularly. Waste has been segregated for recycling usually is collected separately as are used furniture and appliances. Your council can give you the specifics of collection in your area, and they can tell you what steps to take if a collection is missed.

Waste sites:

Local councils are obliged to operate household waste disposal sites; you may call them tips or dumps. As a householder you are free to dump your household waste at the site at no charge. As dumps are filling up, people are dumping their waste in sites operated by other councils than theirs; as a result, you may have to prove you reside in the area.


Many local councils supply residents with bins for their domestic refuse. Contact the council in your area to see if they supply bins for free. Contact the council as well if your bins are lost or stolen, they can help you secure your new bins to prevent theft.


Waste collection in London is usually about 65% recyclable. Many local councils are now providing multiple bins for household segregation of recyclables. These bins, usually colour coded are for the segregation of plastic, glass and paper products.

Use of a skip:

If you have a great deal of waste to be disposed of, you will have to arrange for a skip. Depending on the circumstances, the council may provide the skip, otherwise there are many private hire companies that can deliver the skip and remove it.

Organizing a skip is a little different than any other type of waste collection inasmuch as you will need a permit to place the skip on public roads or pavements. The skip hire company can often arrange this on your behalf but if not, the permits are issued by the local council.

The permit will allow the skip to be on-site for up to a month if necessary, extensions can be granted for large projects. The skip should be protected with traffic cones and flashing amber lamps. It is also recommended that red warning triangles be placed at both ends to warn traffic.

When the skip is loaded, make sure none of the waste spills out over the sides, this is dangerous to pedestrians and traffic. You will also be asked to cover the contents with a damp netting material to keep the dust down.


When you need private waste collection in London you are invited to contact Brewsters Waste Management Ltd. Founded in 1960, Brewsters are pleased to have been granted a Royal Warrant endorsing the company and its waste disposal methods.

Waste collection in London

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