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Our Wandsworth Waste Collection Services

Serving the variety of businesses operating in Wandsworth, the Bywaters team work hard to efficiently manage the borough’s different types of commercial waste.

We’re able to recycle all types of waste produced by these various industries. It’s our ambition to provide waste management solutions for a sustainable future — our Green Gurus help businesses of all shapes and sizes to improve their waste strategies and do their bit for the planet.

Wandsworth Waste Disposal

Bywaters can sort a wide range of materials in Wandsworth, such as food waste, coffee cups, dry mixed items and confidential waste. We’re determined to send zero waste to landfill, so we can manage your waste sustainably, whatever material it’s made from.

The destination of Wandsworth’s commercial waste is our Lea Riverside headquarters in Bow, East London. Here, we house the city’s largest indoor Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Powered by solar energy, its state-of-the-art technology is able to sort mixed waste out into separate streams, which are then sent on to be recycled.

Our other facility specialises in construction and demolition waste, and is based at Gateway Road. We can help out any business going through refurbishment or building that might generate heavier byproducts, such as waste metal and bricks. These items are sent off for energy recovery or recycling, and we can also provide a small tipping service for loads under 500kg.

Waste Collection

We’re proud to power our Wandsworth waste collection service with a sustainable fleet of either fully electric or ULEZ-compliant Euro 6 vehicles. Contact us to arrange a convenient time for your business and we’ll collect and transport your waste to one of our facilities to be sorted for reuse, recycling or recovery.

So that we can all help to improve London’s commercial sustainability, we’ll deliver a range of recycling bins and containers to your business, tailored to your specific needs. Once your waste is with us, we’ll make sure that none is sent to landfill, and support your company in reducing its carbon footprint and achieving its sustainability goals.

Wandsworth Waste Statistics

Average recycling rate of 51%

Over 1,200 tonnes of waste collected annually

Over 5500 collections a year

Over 55 sites serviced seven days a week

11 individual waste streams currently serviced 

Wandsworth: A Short Guide

The London borough of Wandsworth is located in Southwest London, on the bank of the Thames. To its east, it borders the borough of Lambeth, and to its south are the boroughs of Merton and Kingston upon Thames, with Richmond upon Thames to the west. Town centres include Putney, Tooting, Clapham Junction, Balham and Wandsworth town.

The History of Wandsworth

Wandsworth was once considered a part of Surrey county, made up of sprawling woodlands and open fields. The area as we know it today has gone through a number of district boundary changes over the years. In 1965, parts of the Metropolitan Borough of Battersea came together with the Metropolitan Borough of Wandsworth to make The London Borough of Wandsworth.

Wandsworth is known for its strong transport links, served by a network of railway lines that were key to transforming the area from rural land into bustling urban development.

Community Spirit

According to census data, Wandsworth’s wards contain a total estimated population of 306,995 residents. The area boasts the lowest unemployment rate of all London boroughs, and a crime rate 15% lower than the average for the rest of London. Statistically, this makes it one of the ten safest boroughs in London.

Wandsworth is also home to many green spaces and schools, many of which are rated OFSTED ‘outstanding’. As a result, the borough is a hotspot for young families looking to relocate to London. Surveys have reported Wandsworth as the favourite destination for young professionals to make their home, citing the area’s proximity to the city centre and open space as draw factors.

Business and Opportunities

Contributing to Wandsworth’s high levels of employment, approximately 19,000 businesses are active across the borough, made up of a range of industries. The largest by company count is the professional, scientific and technical sector, with a number of significant management consultancies and engineering firms operating out of the area. This is followed by the information and communication sector and retail trade.

The borough’s success is due in part to its transport connections, providing opportunities for employment and travel to residents and commuters. Clapham Junction is one of the busiest railway interchanges in the world, seeing a train depart on average every 30 seconds during the day. The station connects Wandsworth to cities such as Exeter and Brighton, as well as central terminals across London like Waterloo, East Croydon and Gatwick airport.

Landmark Destinations

Though Wandsworth might not spring to mind as one of the tourist traps of Inner London, it contains a number of well-known historical landmarks and local amenities. Situated on the Thames, it is connected to the north side of the river by a number of famous bridges, including the Albert Bridge.

Battersea is home to a number of amenities, including the 200-acre Battersea Park which features a large lake, zoo, the Pump House Gallery, and a number of sporting and ecological facilities.

Nearby, Battersea power station is based on the Thames’ south bank, a former coal facility that once powered much of London. After it was decommissioned in 1975, the station remained an unmissable icon of the London skyline, inspiring musicians, filmmakers and artists interested in the city’s industrial past. A number of redevelopment proposals were touted for the huge site: including housing, nightclubs, and even a scrapped theme park. Current plans aim to introduce a number of global retail brands, restaurants and entertainment venues to the station, for an initial opening in September 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve missed one of our collections, simply get in touch with our customer services team. Give us a ring on 0207 001 6000 or email us at customerservices@bywaters.co.uk.

Whatever the kind of waste your business creates, we’ll be able to help. Our equipment can handle all sorts of materials, ranging from glass, batteries, WEEE, hazardous items to construction waste. By segregating and sending on your waste, we can help you improve your recycling rates and protect the environment.

This will depend on where your business is operating, and the noise restrictions in place. For most areas across London, our service is 24/7.