New Charges For DIY Waste

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Ealing residents who want to get rid of building and home improvement waste will have to pay from next month.

Residents have previously been able to dispose of up to 150kg of waste per month for free at the Greenford Re-use and Recycling Centre.

From August 14th, DIY waste will cost £23 per 100kg (15.74 stones) and must be disposed of at the Greenford centre using the weighbridge. 

Those paying must have a valid credit or debit card to pay.

Items such as paint, carpets and underlay, wood and appliances like washing machines, fridges and freezers, will continue to be free of charge for residents. However, to use the free service at either of the council’s reuse and recycling centres residents must provide a driving licence and bank statement or phone bill, proving their home address to avoid being charged at commercial rates.

Non-residents and anyone disposing of construction waste commercially, such as builders and other trades people, already have to pay the fees.

Cabinet member for Transport, Environment and Leisure, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, said:

“People sometimes bring huge carloads of building waste to the reuse and recycling centres, most of which ends up in landfill.  Many councils already charge for residents’ building waste.  We hope that the charges will encourage people to sort through their DIY waste and recycle what they can to reduce the cost and make sure items don’t needlessly go to landfill.”


A full list of the materials that can be sorted and recycled for free by residents can be found at




15th July 2015