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Our Westminster Recycling Services

Collecting and managing waste streams in Westminster can be challenging due to the borough’s large number of businesses. However, at Bywaters, we have the
expertise and equipment to manage, sort and recycle waste produced by businesses in the district of any size and in any industry. Alongside this, our key mission is to ensure our processes are sustainable and lead to a greener future — Bywaters’ Green Gurus help our clients develop a waste management strategy of their own.

Waste Disposal

Within Westminster, Bywaters can dispose of multiple types of waste, including dry mixed recycling, glass, cardboard, coffee cups, food, and more. Working with an experienced team and using specialist equipment, Bywaters is able to safely, securely and sustainably manage your commercial waste.

Home to London’s largest indoor materials recovery facility (MRF), we transport Westminster waste to our Lea Riverside headquarters in Bow. Running on solar power, its state-of-the-art technology sorts mixed waste into segregated streams, before being bulked and sent off for recycling.

Our other facility located at Gateway Road manages construction and demolition waste, including bulky items like bricks and metal, with all materials either sent for recycling or energy recovery. We also offer a tipping service for loads of up to 500kg.

Waste Collection

Arranged at a convenient time for your business, our sustainable fleet of either fully electric or ULEZ compliant Euro 6 vehicles can collect and then transport your commercial waste to one of our facilities. Here it is then reused, recycled or recovered, depending on what type of waste it is.

Our Westminster waste collection is more important than ever, as we aim to build an environmentally friendly society for future generations to thrive in. We’ll send your business a range of recycling bins and containers, depending on your specific needs, and tailor our collection service to a time that suits you. Once in our hands, Bywaters ensure zero waste is sent to landfill, helping your business reduce its carbon footprint and protect the environment.

City of Westminster Waste Statistic

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Average recycling rate of 71%

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Over 6,000 tonnes of waste collected annually

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More than 31,000 collections a year

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70 clients serviced seven days a week

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34 individual waste streams currently serviced

Westminster: A Short Guide

The City of Westminster is a city and borough in Inner London that forms the core part of Central London. It sits on the north bank of the Thames, and includes St John’s Wood, part of Maida Vale, Paddington, Marylebone, Soho, Mayfair, St James, part of Kensington and South Kensington, Westminster and Pimlico.

The history of Westminster

Originally, the area was an island sat above the ill-drained Thames marshes which showed evidence of early Roman settlement. The development of this district began with the building of Westminster Abbey, which was constructed by Edward the Confessor between 1042 and 1052 on a site named Thorney Island. The church is the traditional place for royal burials and coronations, and has hosted many royal weddings, including the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011.

Fast forward to 1965, and the City of Westminster was officially created upon the establishment of Greater London. Home to some of the finest and most historically important buildings in England, Westminster is one of the most recognisable and prestigious parts of the capital. Royal and government buildings such as Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Downing Street are all prominent landmarks.

A booming borough

Westminster boasts a rich cultural heritage and is home to over 255,000 residents. It’s also highly diverse, representing over 180 nationalities.

The borough is the country’s leading entertainment and retail district, offering large shopping centres, hundreds of hotels and restaurants, and many tourist attractions. As of 2018, there were 55,398 businesses registered in Westminster, and this number is likely to have increased since. Naturally, Westminster is visited by residents, commuters and tourists, and tonnes of waste is generated every year as a result.

Consequently, Bywaters will have more waste management responsibilities and challenges to face in order to effectively and sustainably manage and dispose of commercial waste in Westminster. We cater to businesses of all sizes, so it doesn’t matter if you’re an independent coffee shop fuelling commuters or a big city block in the city, we can offer the right waste solution.

Tourist Hotspots

Westminster is home to many famous attractions that welcome millions of tourists every year. You’ll find renowned museums such as the V&A, The National Gallery and Tate Britain, as well as popular areas like Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and the night-time entertainment district Soho. There’s a wide range of independent, luxury and retail shops too, as well as plenty of restaurants and bars, all of which create large amounts of waste for our team to sort and manage.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you forget to put your bins out ready for your Bywater collection, our dedicated customer services team is able to handle any missed services. Simply contact us on 0207 001 6000 or via email at

This is dependent on your area, the noise restrictions in place and when we are in that specific location. Generally speaking though, our service is 24/7 across London.

We have a dedicated WEEE waste stream for electronics which ensures your disposed devices are recycled sustainably in accordance with the government’s WEEE regulations. Bywaters provides containers for electronic waste, meaning we can manage them as part of your Westminster waste collection. You can also store these in a container you already have and we’ll decant them when we collect your commercial waste.

At Bywaters we would always look for a reuse solution before disposal. If the item is in good working order we can find a new home for it through our partner network. If the item cannot be reused then large items can be collected on Bywaters tail-lift vehicle. To book a collection please contact Customer Services on 0207 001 6000 or email us at

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