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Commercial waste collection providers in Wandsworth

The London Borough of Wandsworth is home to over 19,000 businesses, boasting a high density of companies in the warehouse and retail sectors.

Regrettably, these businesses can’t use the council’s free household waste collection service and must instead depend on commercial waste collection providers.

In this guide, we will summarise the top commercial waste firms trusted for regular trade waste collections in Wandsworth.

<h3><a href="https://www.london.veolia.co.uk/commercial-waste-london" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Veolia</a></h3>


Veolia is the kerbside home waste collection provider in Hammersmith and Fulham, just across the river from Wandsworth. Using these same waste facilities, Veolia offers regular commercial waste and recycling collections across Wandsworth.

<h3><a href="https://www.biffa.co.uk/where-we-operate/london" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Biffa</a></h3>


Biffa, the largest waste management company in the UK, coordinates its comprehensive Central London operations from Nine Elms in Battersea. Biffa provides a full suite of commercial waste services catering to businesses of all sizes in Wandsworth.

<h3><a href="https://www.thefirstmile.co.uk/london/wandsworth-business-recycling" target="_blank" rel="noopener">First Mile</a></h3>

First Mile

In addition to standard commercial recycling services, First Mile provides several specialist recycling solutions in Wandsworth. These include the collection of coat hangers from retail outlets, coffee grounds and used tea bag collections from local cafés.

<h3><a href="https://www.bywaters.co.uk/london-waste-services/wandsworth-waste-management-bywaters" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bywaters</a></h3>


Bywaters conducts over 5,000 commercial waste collections annually in Wandsworth, managing 11 separately collected waste streams. The company is dedicated to a zero-to-landfill approach in waste management, utilising local waste-to-energy facilities to achieve this goal.

<h3><a href="https://www.grundon.com/services/commercial-waste-management/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Grundon</a></h3>


Grundon offers commercial waste collection services throughout Wandsworth, notably managing waste at the Southside Shopping Centre. They have significantly enhanced the recycling rates at the centre by conducting a waste audit at each of its retail outlets.

<h3><a href="https://www.recorra.co.uk/about/coverage/wandsworth" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Recorra</a></h3>


Recorra provides recycling and confidential waste collection along with destruction services throughout Wandsworth Town and Battersea. They can securely dispose of paperwork and hard drives using their secure, locked, and tagged commercial waste bins.

Commercial waste collection with Wandsworth Borough Council

Wandsworth Council is responsible for collecting domestic waste in the borough but only reluctantly offers business waste collections.

The Wandsworth Council Website says:

“We have a duty to collect commercial waste if requested and must charge for this service. Our charges apply to both waste and recycling collections and can be significantly higher than those of privately operating licenced waste carriers operating locally.

We strongly advise that you get quotes from privately operating licenced waste carriers to check which can offer you the best service at an acceptable price.”

As of March 2024, the council provides a weekly collection service for a single 240-litre bin at an annual cost of £1,609.50. This rate is more than double the average commercial waste collection cost found using our business waste comparison service.

To discourage businesses further, the council only accepts new applications by writing to:

Waste Services Team, Ground Floor, Tadmore House, Frogmore Complex, Frogmore, London, SW18 1EY

Commercial recycling centres in Wandsworth

Wandsworth Council operates one of the few central London commercial waste recycling centres.

Smugglers Way waste transfer station is on the south side of Wandsworth Bridge. The recycling centre is only accessible by vans at the address: Smugglers Way, Wandsworth, SW18 1EG

Cory Energy manages this site on behalf of the West London Waste Authority. For enquiries about using this centre, including pricing information, please contact:

  • info@coryenergy.com
  • 020 8871 3924

⚠️ Businesses transporting waste must be registered with a waste carrier licence. Register a carrier licence here.

The waste transfer station above will provide you with a Waste Transfer Note for any business waste you bring, allowing your company to demonstrate its compliance with commercial waste regulations.

💡 For other commercial waste transfer stations in the area, visit our commercial waste London page.

Commercial recycling in Wandsworth

London Recycles reports that Wandsworth has one of the lowest recycling rates among London Boroughs.

For local businesses, Wandsworth Council provides an expensive dry mixed recycling collection service.

Fortunately, businesses in Wandsworth can access superior options through several reputable commercial recycling firms. These firms offer segregated recycling collections for:

To find your business’s most cost-effective waste collection service, utilise our recycling collection comparison service today.

Battersea Power Station Waste

The four chimneys of Battersea Power Station stand as some of London’s most iconic landmarks. Originally, the building served as a coal-fired power station, constructed in the 1930s to meet the increasing electricity demands of a growing London.

Decommissioned in the 1980s, the power station was awarded Grade II listed status in recognition of its special architectural and historical significance.

Wandsworth power station
By Alberto Pascual – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Battersea Power Station is now at the heart of one of London’s largest redevelopment projects, transforming the site into a vibrant community comprising homes, shops, restaurants, and offices.

Such a significant development necessitates a comprehensive waste management strategy to address the construction waste generated.

As an example of environmentally responsible waste management practices, we would like to highlight the role of FCC Environment in disposing of the 120,000 cubic meters of soil waste evacuated from the development.

The firm facilitated the transportation of this soil to its Cricklewood rail facility in the borough of Camden. There, it was loaded onto freight trains, a method that considerably reduces reliance on London’s congested roads and the carbon emissions from diesel HGVs.

Ultimately, the soil was transported by rail for reuse in the restoration of a quarry in Calvert, Buckinghamshire, thereby circumventing landfill usage.

Source: Building Battersea the Masterplan.