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Sofa collection by London councils

21 January 2020

The charges for a sofa collection service provided to residents by London councils

London councils charge householders an average of £29 to take away and dispose of their old sofa. To have your sofa taken away today for £20-£40 click here

1. Average charge to collect a sofa is £29

Unless you receive income support, the average charge in London by your council to remove a sofa from your home is £29. The majority of charges range from £10 – £35. Waltham Forest, Hillingdon, Newham, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets are the only London councils to still offer a free sofa collection service. Three  (Barking & Dagenham, Camden and Greenwich) only charge £10.

2. Top 5 most expensive councils

You might feel quite unlucky if you live in any of these areas, especially considering Richmond residents pay six times more than those in Greenwich for the removal of their settee.

London borough Sofa collection price
Richmond upon Thames £60
Hounslow £50
Havering £42
Ealing £40
Harrow £40

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3. Put your sofa outside

Unless you are disabled, almost every council will only collect from outside the property. The only exceptions are Lewisham (ground floor only) and Wandsworth (£89 premium). If you are disabled, Kensington & Chelsea and City of London offer an internal collection service at no extra cost.

4. Expect to wait up to 2 weeks 

To keep costs down, collection response times are not instant.  Different councils promise different things, but on average they are unable to commit to a maximum response time of fewer than 2 weeks. Several may be able to collect faster than that – but it depends on the collection day you require, when you place your order, and the time of year.


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Sofa Collection Service by London Councils

London borough Sofa  collection cost Max response time
Average £29 2 weeks
Barking & Dagenham £10 14 days
Barnet £35 7 days
Bexley £36 28 days
Brent £35 14 days
Bromley £28 14 days
Camden £10 14 days
City of London £33 7 days
Croydon £25 28 days
Ealing £40 7 days
Enfield £39 14 days
Greenwich £10 7 days
Hackney £15 7 days
Hammersmith & Fulham £27 7 days
Haringey £25 7 days
Harrow £40 7 days 1
Havering £42 7 days 2
Hillingdon Free 42 days
Hounslow £50 7 days
Islington £30 7 days
Kensington & Chelsea £33  7 days
Kingston upon Thames £35 7 days
Lambeth £16 7 days
Lewisham £20 28 days
Merton £30 28 days
Newham Free 7 days
Redbridge Free 28 days
Richmond upon Thames £60 14 days
Southwark £18 28 days
Sutton £31 28 days
Tower Hamlets Free 28 days
Waltham Forest Free 28 days
Wandsworth £19 14 days
Westminster £30 14 days

Source: AnyJunk (January 2020)

1 (Premium of £23 for next day or weekend collection)
2 (Collection is normally day after usual recycling/waste collection day)

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