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Waltham Forest Waste Collection Services

With so many businesses operating in Waltham Forest, Bywater’s has a complex job of correctly managing and disposing of the area’s commercial waste. Fortunately, we have the expertise and specialised equipment to safely and securely recycle waste generated by companies of any size, in almost any sector. One of our key missions is to develop a greener, sustainable future for society, with the help of our Green Gurus who offer guidance and create bespoke waste management strategies for businesses.

Waltham Forest Waste Disposal

In Waltham Forest, we can sort many different materials, including dry mixed items, glass, hazardous waste, cardboard, and WEEE. With a team dedicated to sending zero waste to landfill, Bywaters can efficiently manage any waste your business creates, no matter what kind of material it is.

Located at our Lea Riverside headquarters in Bow, East London, we house London’s largest indoor Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). This is where we transport your commercial waste to. Running on solar power, its state-of-the-art technology sorts mixed waste into segregated streams, which are then bulked and sent off for recycling.

Our other facility located at Gateway Road specialises in construction and demolition waste, so if your shop or office building is undergoing a refurbishment, for example, we can dispose of the rubbish. This includes bulky waste items such as bricks and metal, which are either diverted to energy recovery or recycling. We also offer a small tipping service for loads up to 500kg.

Waltham Forest Waste Collection

Arranged at a convenient time for your business schedule, Bywater’s waste collection service is powered by our sustainable fleet of either fully electric or ULEZ compliant Euro 6 vehicles. Your commercial waste is then transported to one to one of our facilities, where it’s reused, recycled or recovered.

We’ll send you a selection of recycling bins and containers, depending on your specific business needs, and tailor our waste collection to your requirements. Once in our hands, we ensure zero waste is sent to landfill, helping your company reduce its carbon footprint and reach its sustainability goals.

City of London Waste Statistics

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Over 3,500 tonnes of waste recycled annually

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More than 6,250 tonnes of waste collected yearly

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30,000 collections a year

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400 clients serviced a week

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21 individual waste streams currently serviced

Waltham Forest: Short Guide

Waltham Forest is located in North East London, bordering other boroughs including Enfield, Haringey, Hackney, Newham and Redbridge. The area is made up of four neighbourhoods — Chingford, Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone — which consist of Higham Park, Chapelend, Higham Hill, Snaresbrook (in part), and areas of Forest Gate too.
One of the greenest boroughs north of the River Thames, Waltham Forest is historically known for its arts and culture movement, with the likes of East 17 (who named themselves after the postcode of their hometown), Blazin’ Squad, and grime artist Lethal Bizzle starting out in the area.

The History of Waltham Forest

Remnants of Roman and Saxon settlements were discovered in Leyton, with a Roman road crossing the borough into Epping Forest. The area remained largely rural and agricultural until the 19th century when railway lines were introduced. After the bombings of World War Two, Waltham Forest underwent significant residential growth, with the development of many high-rise apartment complexes. It officially became a borough in 1965 when the four urban districts, Chingford, Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone, merged into one. Waltham Forest took its name from an institution that managed deer in South-West Essex.

Waltham Forest was one of the host boroughs for the London 2012 Olympics. It’s home to Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, as well as part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park — both of which represent an ongoing legacy for sports and Olympics in the UK. You’ll also find Queen Elizabeth I’s Hunting Lodge in Chingford, which now houses the Epping Forest Museum and Vestry House in Walthamstow, the museum of local history.

A Booming Borough

The borough is predominantly a residential area, and is home to around 276,940 residents and 102,800 households. It’s also one of the most diverse locations in the country, with 53% of the population from an ethnic minority background; Urdu, Polish, Romanian, Turkish and Lithuanian are the top five languages spoken locally after English.

11,855 businesses are registered within the borough, with many of these micro organisations employing fewer than ten people. The largest industry is construction, closely followed by the professional, scientific and technical sector, and retail groups. This range of companies gives us plenty of waste management responsibilities in Waltham Forest. We cater to businesses of all sizes, so it doesn’t matter if you’re a busy office complex or a new independent restaurant — we can collect and recycle your commercial waste.

Tourist Hotspots

Alongside the waste we manage from businesses, Waltham Forest has created a status for itself within the arts space, boasting numerous independent artists and galleries. A borough of exquisite culture, the annual E17 Art Trail is the largest arts event in the area, and celebrates creatives with many exhibitions and artwork to explore. For the sport lovers, Leyton Orient Football Club welcomes thousands of away fans to the area on match days. As you can probably tell, Waltham Forest is a thriving hub of energy and activity.

Here at Bywaters, we can provide the events sector in the area with appropriate waste management solutions to ensure waste is correctly managed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before we dispose of a large item, we always look for a reuse solution first. If the item is in good working condition, we’ll be able to find it a new home through our partner network. However, if it can’t be reused, then large items can be collected on Bywater’s tail-lift vehicles. To book a collection, please contact customer services on 0207 001 6000 or email us at

We have the equipment, team and resources to recycle almost every material in Waltham Forest. This includes food, batteries, coffee grounds waste and construction waste. So, no matter what kind of rubbish your business makes, we can take care of it — improving the borough’s recycling rates and helping the environment.

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 will provide businesses in Waltham Forest with the right container to dispose of electronic items. So, say you’re having an office refurbishment and getting rid of old PCs, we can collect those for you.

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.

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