Council Providing Mega Skips for Bulky Waste

Chance to dispose of unwanted large household items this Saturday

Space in the skips at five locations will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis
Space in the skips at five locations will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis

This Saturday (16 October) there is a chance for residents across Wandsworth borough to throw out any of their large household waste items.

Normally, there’s a charge for residents to dispose of bulky waste but for one day only, between 9 am and midday, you are invited to bring anything – for free - from sofas to mattresses and other large items - to one of the mega skips placed at five locations in the borough. You can also bring black bags.

Given the high demand for the “Mega Skip Day” last time around, the council has increased the number of skips, but are limiting the number of items you can bring to no more than six items per household so that everyone has a chance to make use of the skips.

One bag of rubbish counts as one item, as does one sofa, one mattress etc…

The skips are for household waste only – no business waste or hazardous objects or dangerous materials. Do not bring anything hazardous in such as sharp objects, needles, dangerous chemicals, plasterboard, flammable liquids and asbestos.

No bricks, paint, concrete, cement and fridges.

Skips will be placed at the following locations. As high demand is expected on the day, they will operate on a first come first served basis

Church Lane Car Park, SW17
Google maps link: Church Lane Car Park

Malva Close, SW18
Google maps link: Malva Close

Putney Park Lane, SW15
Google maps link: Putney Park Lane

Balham Grove, SW12
Google maps link: Balham Grove

Acanthus Road, SW11
Google maps link: Acanthus Road
These are all areas that have had a high level of illegal fly-tipping in recent years.

The council will be collating figures of fly-tipping prior to the event and afterwards to judge their effectiveness.

Cllr Steffi Sutters, council spokesperson for the environment said, “This is a great opportunity for people to dispose of their unwanted household items for free.

“We spend more than £4 million a year on dealing with the blight of fly-tipping and picking litter off our streets so anything we can do to reduce this problem is a positive step forward.”

Council staff will also be on hand to provide recycling bags as well as offering advice and the day itself is part of the MyWandsworth campaign to keep the borough looking its best. If the trial is a success, then the council will repeat it.

“Fly-tipping and littering is environmental vandalism that can ruin people’s communities,” added Cllr Sutters. “They not only create eyesores but are an unacceptable nuisance to public health that pollutes an area and attracts vermin.”

Nearly two-thirds of fly-tips involve household waste while the most common size category for fly-tipping incidents is equivalent to a small van load. Wandsworth Council has a zero-tolerance approach to dumping and littering and has recently re-launched a YouTube CCTV, ‘Caught on Camera’ to catch people litter louts in the act.

Watch the most recent episodes on YouTube below.

Caught on Camera – Episode 5

Caught on Camera – Episode 7


If you recognise anyone dumping rubbish email or call 020 8734 3032.

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October 13, 2021