Charges reduced for removing large items of household waste

Published: 10 June 2015

Wandsworth residents who need a hand getting rid of large items of household waste are being reminded that the council will take them away for a cut price rate.

The town hall recently cut its bulk waste removal charge from £22 to £16. For this amount the service will collect four unwanted items like sofas, wardrobes, mattresses and other large objects and arrange for their disposal.

Environment spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “For residents who cannot easily get to the dump, this is a simple, cheap and efficient way of getting rid of unwanted household items like old bits of furniture.

“For this new lower price we will collect up to four large items, so it’s a really cost effective way of having these awkward items taken away.” 

People who might be tempted to dump an old mattress or unwanted furniture on a street corner rather than pay the modest £16 fee could be leaving themselves liable for a hefty fine if they are caught.

Last year the town hall took legal action against nearly 800 individuals and business owners for breaking litter and flytip laws. Average court fines recently have been as much as £400 but people convicted in court of breaching these important environmental protection laws could face unlimited fines and/or jail terms of up to six months.

The council is also working hard to keep the borough’s streets clean and free of flytips. All residential roads in the borough are swept at least twice a week while busier ones with a high footfall are cleaned every day.

Busy town centres like Tooting and Clapham Junction receive six cleans each and every day while others like Balham and Putney are cleaned at least four times a day.

Detailed surveys show that 96 per cent of local streets are successfully meeting demanding national standards for cleanliness, while the most recent resident survey showed that 78 per cent of local people judged the borough’s street cleaning performance as either good or very good, up from 64 per cent in 2011.

To find out more about the bulky waste collection service – including what it does and doesn’t cover – and to book a pick up, visit