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The purpose of this website is to provide Londoners with useful information about Recycling and Rubbish and Electrical Waste disposal, and how clients of rubbish collection companies can understand waste collection services and criteria:  Bassett Waste are a Government Licenced Rubbish, Waste Collection Trade Service which all collection companies in London should subscribe to in order to operate legally.  It is important that everyone should play their part in protecting the environment for future generations and by recycling responsibily we can reduce the impact of pollution and global warming.

London Rubbish Updates

News update: London Information Waste & Recycling

Published on Friday, Dec 18th 2015 by Tony Adams

The Importance of Collect and treating Waste Material in London

Rubbish generation has increased considerably as a result of industrialization and urbanization in London and the City. It's adverse effects on the environment are well known.  Land filling and environmental pollution is now posing a serious challenge to London.

Municipal Waste Collection London

To collect garbage efficiently it must be been sorted into separate categories, and disposed of separately. Everyone and disposal companies must adhere to basic principles to minimize the effect of garbage on the environment.

Most of the material causing waste collection in London is solid in nature. known as municipal garbage, and consists of a diverse range of discarded material ranging from all sources from unregulated medical waste to regular household and commercially discarded material. It has been seen that such type of rubbish is generally composed of various plastic items along with some packaging material and wrappers, including various plastic items, glass tin containers, paper, newspapers, metal items, furniture fittings, fused bulbs, halogen bulbs, old batteries can be recycled to produce new items.

Garden waste can be formed into compost and used on the garden itself - self recycling! Toxic waste.

Electrical Waste

All WEEE electronic and electrical waste from household and commercial premises - televisions, washing machines, computers, printers, scanners, pen drives, and other accessories are toxic in nature and classed as WEEE waste and need to be disposed according to WEEE directives. These Government directives say that at least 4 kg of material per person per annum should be recovered from old electrical and electronic waste.

Medical Waste

Regulated medical waste makes up a significant portion of all waste turning up in collections in London.
This is one of the most harmful and hazardous of all waste. It consists of all biomedical waste emerging out of invasive and noninvasive procedures carried out in hospitals and nursing homes. Such types of material are very harmful and may cause outbreaks of deadly diseases if not disposed in proper and regulated manner. Such items are generally incinerated at high temperatures.

Hazardous material These materials are harmful for life in general. This includes chemical laden waste from factories and shops, mercury, paints, aerosol cans, agents used for chemotherapy in nursing homes and hospitals etc.

Modes of disposal
There are various mode of disposal for different types of waste, but for optimum as well as efficient collections in London you need to choose either skip hire or Bassett Waste type (man and van load & go) depending on the type of garbage generated, amount of space needed, skips are an alternative but are expensive and require a licence in moast London Areas

Non-organic waste

Organic wastes are derived from natural sources like plant starch, cellulose, animal fibers and other primary sources. Inorganic class of garbage forms are all synthesized as secondary form and hence it’s essential to clas sify them apart from the natural organic ones.

Garbage collection needs techniques to collate and dispose of all types - dead leaves, rotting dead animal bodies, plastic bags or just heaps of papers, junk, scrap and metal.

Bassett Waste Rubbish Collection in London provide simple solutions using our 'load and go' service teams and same day collections.

By Dayne Martin BBC News 25 November 2014 From the section London

Recycling drops in 16 London boroughs

Published on Friday, Oct 23 2015 by James Rubin

Almost half of London boroughs are recycling less domestic waste, latest figures show.

Sixteen of thirty-three London boroughs have seen a drop in the amount of waste being recycled in 2013-14 compared to 2012-13. Newham is the worst performer, dropping 3.4% year on year. Havering, Wandsworth, Richmond and Lewisham make up the five worst performers. London Councils cited shared housing as a reason for the fall in recycling.

Harrow, Haringey and Southwark topped the table, averaging 4.2% increases.
The data, which relates to domestic recycling, shows London only averaging 33.99% compared to 34.11% the previous year - a drop of 0.12%. However, the figures do not include business related waste, or street recycling banks. 'Levelling off'

The mayor's energy and environment adviser Matthew Pencharz said: "Although the mayor's office does not have direct responsibility for collecting waste, we are concerned by the levelling off of recycling rates." The government-issued figures which are calculated as a percentage of weight in tonnes, come as a blow to the mayor's target of 50% of waste being recycled across the capital by 2020.

Responding to the data, London Assembly member for the Green party Jenny Jones said: "Boris Johnson must wake up to flat-lining and falling recycling rates during his mayoralty.

"The situation is likely to worsen if the massive new incinerator, which the mayor backed, goes ahead in Sutton." But London Councils, which represents all of the city's local authorities, said the fall was because "London is unique among urban areas and a number of factors put pressure on collection and recycling services."

It said: "Half of London's residents live in flats, and many others in shared houses, which makes recycling more challenging."

Boris Johnson:

The mayor has set a 50% recycling target by 2020 "Overall recycling rates for local authority collected waste - which includes material collected from recycling centres - increased by 17,162 tonnes from 2012-13 to 2013-14."

DEFRA Announces Crackdown on ‘Waste Cowboys’

Published on Friday, Oct 23 2015 by James Rubin

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced it will be cracking down on ‘waste cowboys’ over the coming months, in an effort to reduce waste crime and empower ethical, reputable services.

Stating that the department would be tackling the issue with on-the-spot fines, Liz Truss’ announcement is a continuation of DEFRA’s recent focus on waste crime and its consequences for the wider public. The Environment Agency has calculated the waste crime can divert up to £1bn every year away from legitimate rubbish removal London services, and cowboy waste disposal teams can also have a negative effect on local communities and the environment. By disposing of waste in potential harmful or non-approved ways, these cowboys are not only diverting profit away from reputable, eco-friendly disposal services, they’re also putting people at risk.

DEFRA’s efforts in this area are increasingly seeing positive results. Just a few weeks ago, on 23rd September, fourteen people were arrested in the North East due to the findings of an investigation into what was suspected to be a £78m landfill tax fraud scheme. A man in Teesside was also fined £4,800 after he admitted numerous waste-related offences, including storing controlled waste without a permit. Anyone found operating illegal waste sites can be face unlimited fines depending on the scale of the operation, as well as the prospect of five years in prison.

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Hugh Fall in Cable Thefts from Side of Rail Tracks

Report Sunday Times - Sunday 13-09-2014

Just a small article stating metal theft on the railways has fallen by 95% in the year since cash payments for scrap metal were banned.  Meanwhile, British Transport police is to close its national metal theft taskforce(John Simpson writes).

Signalling cables - and even live power lines - were taken from the side of railway tracks in nearly, 1,000 incidents in 2011, but a report this week found only 43 incidents this year.

The Scrap Metals Dealers Act 2013 required dealers to be licensed, banned cash trading and gave police powers to search yards.  Some in the industry have warned that removing the dedicated policing would lead to the return of opportunist thieves.

(Sunday Times 13-09-2014)

Municipal contractor Biffa has been awarded a £50m, ten year recycling, refuse and street cleansing contract by Epping Forest District Council, replacing SITA UK from November this year.

(Posted on 23 July 2014 by Darrel Moore CIWM Journal » more:   CIWM Journal

Epping Forest is one of England’s top recycling authorities, positioned 14 in Defra’s 2012-13 local authority recycling league table with a recycling rate of 58.8 percent.

In 2013, nearly 51,500 tonnes of domestic waste were collected from the district’s 54,000 properties, of which 30,279 tonnes of materials were sent for recycling, composting or reuse. The remaining tonnage was disposed of in landfill.

Epping Forest chose Biffa after a 14-month procurement process based on the Competitive Dialogue method. Biffa was selected from a total of seven bidders.

Councillor Will Breare-Hall, Epping Forest District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “It is essential we keep striving to improve. This new partnership with Biffa offers even better services to residents, reductions in environmental impact, and helps us to maintain our record as one of the UK’s top recycling authorities.”

Decline in Skip usage in London
More-Clix Website comments by Brian Cooper (11th June 2014)

There has been a steady decline in the use of skip hire in London for the collection of waste and rubbish which is continuing in recent years.


Whilst skip hire has always been the traditional chosen way for builders to discard rubbish for collection, current legislation means that skip hire is becoming a costly way of disposing of rubble and waste in London Authority Areas, requiring permits and possibly planning permission.

The problem has arisen as most local authorities either ban skips being placed in roads, and require in many cases a permit to be issued for their use (which is usually expensive).

Companies like Bassett Waste are now providing an easier way of dealing with waste in London areas.  They offer a simple 'load and go' collection service where a collection vehicle with 2 man crews load all the rubbish/rubble for collection directly into their collection vehicles:  A typical service is loadngolondon.co.uk.

The benefits of this type of collection over skip hire is that the vehicles do not park, but the crews quickly load all the the unwanted junk directly into their pick up vehicle, clean up any debris left behind and can actually collect up to 2 or 3 skip loads of rubbish at a time.

This is now recognised as a more cost effective solution than skip hire and is increasingly being used by clients.

BBC News

Weekly bin collection scheme offers councils £250mRainham bin Collection

Mr Pickles believes the public want a simple, weekly service

Bin collection fines to be axed
Pickles on 'rubbish rights'
Harrabin's Notes: Waste not?
A £250m government scheme encouraging councils to keep or bring back weekly bin collections is opening for bids.

Local authorities can apply for funds to support weekly collections, as well as for initiatives offering residents reward vouchers for recycling rubbish.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, who announced the scheme last autumn, calls weekly bin collections a "basic right".

But Labour's Hilary Benn says the funding would be better spent on children's centres and elderly care.

Mr Pickles scrapped guidance telling councils to introduce fortnightly collections in a bid to reverse a trend developed under Labour.

» continue to read the full article Anger as rubbish piles up in Barnet recycling scheme fiasco

Barnet Recycling

Bingate: Louis Costa, 24 said the situation was 'an absolute joke' Picture: Nigel Howard

Article in the Evening Standard 21-11-2013 LUCY TOBIN
Published: 21 October 2013

Hundreds of homes have been left without recycling bins while others have been given up to six after a council’s refuse scheme was left mired in chaos.

Barnet council, which has spearheaded outsourcing of services worth hundreds of millions of pounds, paid German contractor SSI Schaeffer £3.2million to produce and distribute 125,000 bins as part of a new recycling scheme.

But 500 residents were not given the bins in time for the new collections. They also claim council workers refused to collect rubbish left in the old bins, leaving litter and recycling piled up on streets for over a fortnight.

(This is a follow on report from our previous News Update article)

Under the new scheme, households should now have four bins — for refuse, recycling, food and compost.

The council hailed its service as the “biggest change a London authority has made to the way it handles its waste and recycling” but it has now sent out thousands of letters to households, saying “we are working very hard to complete the roll-out as soon as possible”.

The problem seems to be a delay and confusion over collection dates and what to do with the old recycling bins.

Read the full article here...

Previous Article What a waste of Money!

£30 million lost on collapsed waste service deal
Cllr Theo Blackwell
Cllr Theo Blackwell: 'This is very, very complex contract work'

Published: 3 October, 2013 by ANDREW JOHNSON

» read the full article www.camdennewjournal.com

THE biggest-ever local government private finance deal dramatically collapsed on ­Friday after half a decade of discussions and a cost to the taxpayer of more than £30million.

Camden is one of seven north London boroughs that will have to foot its share of a bill racked up on legal fees and consultants while preparing a contract for a new waste disposal service that will now never be signed.

The process, which would have seen the rubbish service part-privatised in a deal worth up to £4.7billion over 30 years, has been dogged by controversy and cock-ups.

The seven boroughs – Camden, Islington, Barnet, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey and Waltham Forest – work together as members of the North London Waste Authority (NLWA), so all shoulder some share of the responsibility.

Around £20million has been spent on consultants and legal fees, and in addition the NLWA bought the Pinkham Way nature reserve in Haringey in a “secret” deal for £12.5m – sparking a huge campaign to stop a waste treatment centre being built on it. Now the site is no longer needed.

There will also be questions on how the process was allowed to go on for so long.

The NLWA’s decision follows detailed analysis which saw the legal and financial case for the PFI deal crumble in less than a week over the summer.

Then the elected councillors in charge of the NLWA – two from each borough – realised it would be up to £900m cheaper to keep waste services under their own control rather than using a private company.

Campaigners say this extra cost has been known about for some time.

Waltham Forest councillor Clyde Loakes, who chairs the, NLWA, said: “This decision will save north London money in the short to medium term, and could save us a total of up to £900million over almost 30 years. Members have therefore decided to end the procurement process.

» read the full article www.camdennewjournal.com

WEEE in the news!

WEEE compliance schemes have expressed concern over BIS correspondence advising small electronics producers to delay registration for 2014.

In a letter sent on Wednesday (September 11) the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) told producers who place less than five tonnes of electronic goods onto the market to defer registering with a compliance scheme for 2014, even though they are supposed to sign up by November 15 this year.

While all obligated firms should sign up by November 15, BIS has singled out the smaller producers for its surprise advice over delaying sign-up which is seen as an indication that a de minimis tonnage level is to be introduced and smaller firms would consequently be exempt.

The de minimis threshold would come within the department’s shake-up of the WEEE system, details of which are due by the end of the mont

Matthew Manning, key account specialist at compliance scheme Budget Pack said that schemes had been taken by surprise by the guidance from BIS, having not been warned that it was due to be sent out.

He said: “It is great to see an increase in the likelihood of a de minimis threshold being introduced to the WEEE regulations. This will remove the administrative burden on small businesses currently obligated by the regulations, whilst not adversely affecting the UK’s ability to achieve future WEEE recycling targets.

“With the final consultation results being delayed until September it didn’t seem likely that a de minimis would be rolled out in such a short timeframe.

“Many compliance schemes, including Budget Pack, have already started the ball rolling for 2014 registration and this certainly makes the next few weeks very interesting for schemes and producers alike.”

Government Notice 11-09-2013

The existing WEEE Regulations require all producers to join or rejoin a scheme by 15 November 2013 for the 2014 compliance period.  If it is possible, based on historical data, that your business may fall below any de minimis threshold effective from January 2014, you may wish to defer making any decisions about joining a compliance scheme for 2014 until the Government has confirmed its decision regarding compliance requirements for small producers. Regards WEEE Team 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET www.bis.gov.uk

Find Out about WEEE Regulations » Wasteserviceslondon.co.uk/

By Ben Messenger
Managing Editor Waste Management World

Thames Water Poor Waste Disposal Causes 15 Tonne Fatberg in London SewerFifteen tonnes of waste fat, grease and sanitary products, which had formed the largest ‘fatberg’ ever found in the UK, has been removed from a London sewer.

According to Thames Water, it first became aware of the bus-sized lump of wrongly-flushed festering food waste when residents in nearby flats complained that they couldn’t flush their toilets. CCTV investigations at the site in London Road, Kingston found the mound of fat had reduced the 70x48cm sewer to just 5% of its normal capacity.

» Read the full article Waste Management World

‘Chinese lantern’ blamed for Jayplas fire

1 July 2013 Plastics
By Tom Goulding

A huge industrial fire involving 100,000 tonnes of paper and plastics material for recycling is believed to have been triggered by a Chinese or ‘sky’ lantern.

Plastics Recycling Waste Fire Fire swept through the Jayplas plant in Smethwick on Sunday Firefighters were alerted to the blaze at the Jayplas depot in Dartmouth Road, Smethwick, around 11pm on Sunday (June 30).

The site is one of six owned by Jayplas, one of the largest plastics recyclers in the UK. Some 35 fire engines and 200 firefighters are attending the blaze, which has been described by area commander Steve Vincent as one of the largest ever seen in the West Midlands.

Rory Campbell, spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service, told letsrecycle.com: “There is no suggestion in this case that the fire has been started deliberately. We believe we have CCTV footage of a sky lantern descending at the site on to high stacks of baled material in an open area.”

More of this artice: Jayplas Plant fire - Letsrecycle.com

BBC News - 7 May 2013

London landfill waste to be burnt near Bristol

New Land Fill Plant The incinerator will be built near the Seabank Power Station

Work begins on waste incinerator
Landfill waste from six west London boroughs could be burnt near Bristol by the end of 2016.

Sita UK will build an incinerator at Severnside in the autumn with money from a 25-year contract to burn 300,000 tonnes of London waste a year.

Gary Hopkins, a Liberal Democrat councillor in Knowle, said the plans went against the idea of localism. But Sita's planning manager Gareth Phillips said it would create jobs and regenerate a brownfield site. South Gloucestershire Council had turned down plans for the Severnside Energy Recovery Centre, but Sita appealed against the decision. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has now said it can go ahead. The plant is set to open in 2016 with rubbish transported to Severnside by rail and burnt, generating electricity for the National Grid.

The waste will come from Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames.

More of this artice: » BBC News

Broadband Cable Theft and BT's anti-theft RABIT technology

By Thomas Newton Recombu.com on Wednesday, 13th February 2013

What's new with Broadband Cable Theft?
Metal theft is a serious issue in the UK. In 2008 it was identified as one of the fastest growing crimes in the UK and by 2011, there were over 1,000 reports of offences taking place every week. The most recent figures (for 2012) estimate that the illegal metal market costs the UK economy £220 million a year.

With demand for raw materials high thanks to emerging economies, lifting metal from railway stations and BT street cabinets is a tempting proposition.
However a knock on effect of this is that it causes huge disruption to the UK’s infrastructure including broadband services.

What’s worse is that cable theft doesn’t just have a knock on effect to those in the immediate vicinity. Depending on what part of the network is stolen, customers hundreds of miles away from the crime scene can be affected.

Thankfully combined efforts from BT and the British Transport Police is seeing cable theft rates in this area falling. Development of the RABIT (Rapid Assessment BT Incident Tracker) technology has seen more arrests take place in the last 11 months from March 2012 than all of 2010 combined.

In December 2012, the Home Office introduced new rules to give police powers of entry into scrap metal yards and the removable of ‘no questions asked’ cash payments for scrap.

This article and more links

Think-tank London Councils has published a report detailing innovative recycling schemes carried out by local authorities in the capital.

Recycling targets backed by ESA and London Councils

Latest headlines 29 May 2012 The report is entitled Helping, London Recycle More. It sets out case studies from London that are being replicated elsewhere in the country.

Lewisham was the first local authority in the country to offer free kerbside collection of mattresses, a move that has diverted more than 25,000 mattresses from landfill.

Camden and Westminster are using barcodes on recycling bins that can be scanned by smartphones for the chance to win vouchers for high street shops and theatres.

Lambeth residents with shared recycling facilities can record their recycling via phone, web or phone app.

Brent and Richmond are allowing people to claim rewards in return for donating items to be reused, or buying things that have been made from recycled material.

Tower Hamlets devised a campaign to raise awareness among non-English-speaking residents.

“The case studies highlight London’s commitment to both reducing the amount of household waste that is sent to landfill or incinerated and to stimulating behaviour change among residents,” said the report.

more: www.packagingnews.co.uk

Catch up on the latest recycling news: Latest news - recycling and waste management

  Bassett waste are proud to act for many London clients in reducing the effect of rubbish and waste omn the environment by using approved recycling guidelines.

e.g.Electrical Waste - WEEE Regulations

WEEE Electrical Waste Recycling Categories

WEEE covers a huge spectrum of products falling into the 13 categories below:

1. Large household electrical appliances
Business Waste 2. Small household electrical appliances
3. IT & telecommunications equipment
4. Consumer electronicequipment
5. Lighting electronic equipment
6. Electrical and electronic tools
7. Toys, leisure and electrical sports equipment
8. Medical devices
9. Electrical Monitoring and control instruments
10. Automatic electrical dispensers
11. Electrical Display Equipment
12. Refrigeration Equipment
13. Gas Discharge Lamps

But all these categories include many other articles of electrical equipment and people are often confused about how to put junk and rubbish into categories.  Our Team at Bassett Waste will help clients organise their waste disposal correctly.

» see also: battery recycling


Lets start with the Waste Management Regulations for electrical goods:

WEEE Legislation Requirements

The WEEE Directive is European Environmental Legislation covering the disposal of all Electrical and Electronic Waste.  When you use Bassett Waste Limited you can be certain that your corporate responsibility, in regard to recycling, will be fully taken care of correctly.  The current WEEE directive continues to be updated.  Industry expertise is constantly needed and the 3 main key objectives are to manage:

  • The sudden upsurge of waste electrical and electronic equipment being sent to landfill.
  • To ensure maximum re-use or recycling of all electrical and electronic equipment.
  • To ensure individual businesses adhere to the legal obligation to dispose of their Waste Electrical / Electronic Equipment in a regulated manner.

  • Why is important to recycle electrical waste?

    Direct Gov

    Television Electrical Waste Electrical equipment: reuse and disposal: On 17 October 2012 the Directgov website was replaced by GOV.UK.&bpsp;

    Here is an extract of the information that it contained. EXTRACT Every year, people in Britain throw away nearly half a million tonnes of electrical items. Save money and energy by keeping items like computers and mobiles for longer. Help stop harmful chemicals getting into the environment by recycling electrical items, rather than putting them with household rubbish.

    Keep equipment for longer Most mobile phones will work for at least five years.Television Electrical Waste Making electrical items uses a lot of energy and valuable materials, including precious metals like gold and silver.  Electrical equipment can also contain chemicals like lead and mercury. These chemicals can get into the environment and harm people or animals if items are not disposed of carefully.  You can save money and cut waste by holding onto your equipment for longer, so try the following tips.

    Upgrade computers

    If your computer is getting a bit old, you could: think about improving it rather than buying a new one, by increasing memory (RAM) or replacing the hard drive ask in a computer shop or search online to get advice, parts and technical help for upgrading keep your existing monitor if you do get a new computer Keep mobile phones for longer There's no need to replace your mobile phone every year; most will work for at least five years. Hanging on to your current phone can save you money, as the cost of a new handset is usually included in monthly tariffs.  Ask your phone company about the different tariffs they have available if you don’t upgrade your handset ('SIM only').

    Reuse equipment

    Electrical items, including cables and plugs, can often be reused.  Unwanted electrical items, including cables and plugs, can often be reused.  In fact, over half of electronic items that are thrown away are still working or could easily be repaired. Try finding a new home for unwanted electrical items.

    Recycle electrical goodsSafely Dispose of Electrical Waste

    This symbol means you shouldn't dispose of the item with normal household waste.  If you have to dispose of old electrical equipment, make sure it is recycled safely.  This will help save energy and stop harmful chemicals damaging the environment. The ‘crossed out wheelie bin’ symbol found on many electrical items means that they should not be put with normal household rubbish. When buying new electrical items

    When you buy a new electrical item, ask the shop where you buy it how they will help you recycle the item you're replacing. Under the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Regulations, they must either: accept in-store, free of charge an electronic item equivalent to the new item you're buying tell you where you can take the old item for recycling free of charge.

    Some shops also offer a ‘collection on delivery’ service and will take away your old electrical items when delivering new items.  This isn't part of the WEEE Regulations, so you will be charged for this service.

    Bassett Waste WEEE regulations for Waste

    Recycle batteries

    Many electrical items, like laptops and mobile phones, have batteries which can be recycled. Most supermarkets and shops that sell batteries will have collection bins for used batteries.

    Energy saving light bulbs also need to be disposed of carefully, as they contain mercury. For information on how to recycle them safely

    The wider issue

    Running electrical equipment is one of the biggest uses of electricity in most homes, so it adds to climate change and your bills. The average person in the UK throws away more than 3.3 tonnes of electrical waste in their lifetime.  If this is not disposed of carefully or recycled, chemicals can leak into the environment and harm wildlife or contaminate water.  Valuable metals like gold, copper, aluminium and iron will also be wasted.

    Beware of rogue traders!

    OPERATION AMMOLITE - Illegal export of electrical waste

    Recent Police operation in Tower Hamlets London checking waste operators:

    Road checks in Tower Hamlets and other boroughs stopped a total of 63 waste vehicles to check they had the correct permits.  Officers found that 13 did not, they now have seven days to produce the correct paperwork to avoid prosecution.

    Waste sites were also visited. Many operating illegally – including two involved in the illegal export of electrical waste and two who were mishandling hazardous waste.  The Environment Agency will now work with the site owners to make them compliant.

    East London has a longstanding history of waste crime, with fly tipping and, illegal waste sites and waste burning being common problems. Waste crime puts the environment and human health at risk and undermines legitimate business.

    » more: Illegal rubbish collection


    Nearly two-thirds of all household rubbish can be recycled, saving energy and avoiding waste going to landfill.  We can help you to recycle a wide range of goods - from batteries & household junk to scrap metal and office clearance - and you can embrace how recycling can help protect the environment.

    Recycling cuts down on the need for landfill.  It also reduces the use of new materials and saves energy, helping to tackle climate change. Recycling just one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a television set for three hours.

    The global economic downturn may have led to a drop in demand for recycled materials.  However, 95 per cent of rubbish put out for recycling in the UK is still being recycled. Whatever the economic climate, recycling saves energy, reduces the amount of raw materials being used and helps to combat climate change.

    Recycling is almost always a better option than burning or sending waste to landfill.  In 2008, recycling household waste saved the same amount of CO2 that nearly a million return flights from London to Sydney would produce.

    Bassett Waste can help you recycle a wide range of rubbish, from paper and glass to batteries, televisions and clothes etc.  This saves energy and raw materials, and reduces the amount of waste(by up to 80%) sent to landfill sites.  You can also help to reduce waste at home by composting and by repairing and reusing items.

    Recycle Paper, glass, plastic bottles, garden waste, fridges, shoes, batteries – all of these and more can be recycled, helping to save energy and new materials.

    Visit our London Waste Rubbish, Junk Collection website for information about our collections in London and recycling.  This is a 'Load and go' rubbish collection service with helpful drivers who will load the junk for you.

    Dispose of hazardous waste items safely.
    Some items contain hazardous materials and need to be carefully disposed of to avoid environmental problems like water pollution. Examples of things that need to be disposed of at a proper facility include: paint, batteries, electrical equipment and oil. Electrical equipment and batteries can all be recycled and the precious resources used to make new items.




    Licenced waste carriers like Bassett Waste operate in most London areas including the City of London, City of Westminster, Clerkenwell and Farringdon to Islington and Bethnal Green.  On a daily basis Bassett Waste tipper lorries and vans collect household and commercial waste from Holborn & the west end at low prices(cheaper than the hire of a skip) and safely recycle up to 80% of all the refuse they collect.  This is a target high to attain and we continually update our information to make certain we are achieving the highest recycling rates in the industry by constantly checking advances in waste technology.

    London City rubbish/waste collections

    Dispose of hazardous waste items safely
    Safely Dispose of Hazardous Waste Some items contain hazardous materials and need to be carefully disposed of to avoid environmental problems like water pollution.  Examples of things that need to be disposed of at a proper facility include: paint, batteries, electrical equipment and oil. Electrical equipment and batteries can all be recycled and the precious resources used to make new items.  Bassett Waste can safely dispose of all your hazardous waste.

    What types of waste are hazardous?

    Domestic wastes that may be hazardous include:
  • asbestos
  • pesticides
  • fluorescent tubes
  • oils
  • some paints
  • some household and car batteries
  • discarded electrical equipment like TVs and computer monitors, fridges and freezers
  • discarded energy saving light bulbs (also known as CFLs)

  • Hazardous waste – including electrical items like TVs, computers and fridges – shouldn't be put into the normal rubbish collection.

    If you have a large quantity of junk/waste which you need to clear, companies like Bassett Waste can collect and recycle your rubbish quickly and easily. Their manned cage tipper lorries require no permit and are licensed throughout the UK to carry waste and you will find their polite and helpful drivers will assist you in loading the rubbish into their vehicles.  This waste collection service is available on demand and as the vehicles are around London most days of the week it may even be possible to remove your junk on the same day!


    A materials exchange lists one organisation’s surplus resources, and makes them available for use by another, either for sale or free collection. This may encompass a wide range of sometimes surprising materials, perhaps difficult wastes, that may not have recognised markets, brokers or dealers.

    An Exchange actively promotes reduction of waste, energy and pollution, and offers great potential for reducing use of virgin resources. It stops useful materials going to landfill, while increasing profitability.

    Benefits to those who use the exchanges include reduced disposal costs, lower purchase costs, and a positive image by creating benefit to society as a whole through redistributing resources and materials to where they are most beneficial.

    The term Materials Exchange is often used in preference to Waste Exchange - emphasising that the substances transferred do have value. This may be a softer approach to those whose attitude is that they are not interested in ‘wastes’. In general, only one material passes from one company to another - there is not an ‘exchange’, although money may change hands. But a larger chain may open up for distribution or reuse of the material. Materials Exchanges have been described as dating services for wastes - they could also be seen as adoption services.

    Materials Exchanges are well established in North America and on the continent; in Britain (where they were invented) it has taken some time for the idea to catch on. But there are now several Exchanges in productive operation.


    Community Recycling Network (CRN) UK

    The CRN promotes community waste management in the UK. Includes newsletter, member links, bulletin board, diary dates, and application forms.

    CRN UK is the national voice for community based sustainable resource management and reduction. CRN UK has 131 full members (Community-based, not-for-profit & co-op groups involved in reduce, re-use and recycling projects) and 61 Associate members (organisations/ companies providing tangible benefits to Full CRN UK Members). Our members are involved in not-for-profit, community-based waste minimisation, re-use and recycling schemes to promote sustainable waste management as a practical and effective way of tackling the UK's growing waste problem.

    CRN UK are supporters of the Zero Waste Alliance.


    Chartered Institution of Wastes Management

    About CIWM - 100 years London & S.E. Waste Management The history of Waste Management in the last 100 years - Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.

    For Government information about rubbish collection in the City of London: Commercial waste and recycling services city of London


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