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Fridge collection by London councils

21 January 2020

Fridge Removal Service provided to residents by London Councils

We analysed the fridge collection service offered by the 33 borough councils to London householders.  We have not included data for those receiving income-related benefits. Full results are presented in the table below with links to all the relevant boroughs.  In short, London councils charge an average of £31, are normally unable to do internal collections and residents may have to wait around 2 weeks for their fridge to be collected.  Here are the highlights in more detail:

1. The average charge is £31

The average price charged by London councils to remove a fridge is £31. The three most expensive councils are Bromley (£64), Richmond upon Thames (£54) and Hounslow (£50). Excluding councils that offer the service for free, the three cheapest are Camden (£10), Greenwich (£10) and Hackney (£15).

2. Some councils collect for FREE

The following councils offer a free fridge disposal service:

London borough Fridge cost
Barking & Dagenham Free
Haringey Free
Hillingdon Free
Islington Free
Newham Free
Redbridge Free
Tower Hamlets Free
Waltham Forest Free

3. Councils only collect fridges from outside

The service is typically only from outside the property. A couple of councils will collect from inside – Lewisham (but ground floor only) and Wandsworth (but charge £89 premium to do so). However, Kensington & Chelsea and City of London do provide an internal collection service (for no extra cost) for disabled residents.

4. You could be waiting for 2 weeks

Response times vary widely.  The average maximum response time is around 2 weeks. Although some can be as much as 42 days (Hillingdon). Harrow offers a next day service for a £23 premium. Lambeth and Camden are the only London councils that appear to offer a fridge collection service at the weekend.

Fridge Collection & Disposal by London councils

London borough Fridge cost Max response time
Average  £31 2 weeks
Barnet £35 7 days
Bexley £36 28 days
Brent £35 14 days
Bromley £64 14 days
Camden £10 14 days
City of London £33 7 days
Croydon £25 28 days
Ealing £25 7 days
Enfield £39 14 days
Greenwich £10 7 days
Hackney £15 7 days
Hammersmith & Fulham £27 7 days
Harrow £40 7 days 1
Havering £42 7 days 2
Hounslow £50 7 days
Kensington & Chelsea £33  7 days
Kingston upon Thames £35 7 days
Lambeth £16 7 days
Lewisham £30 28 days
Merton £30 28 days
Richmond upon Thames £54 14 days
Southwark £18 28 days
Sutton £31 28 days
Wandsworth £19 14 days
Westminster £30 14 days

Source: AnyJunk January 2020

1 A premium of £23 for next day or weekend collection
2 The collection is normally day after usual recycling/waste collection day

Using a council collection service isn’t the only way to dispose of your fridge responsibly.  If you’re looking for cheaper alternative methods, check out our in-depth fridge disposal guide.

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