'Cheaper to dump': Havering bulky item collection is most expensive in area

fly tipping in Angel Way Romford

The service is for items that are too large to be thrown away or recycled - Credit: Havering Council

It is more expensive to get a bulky item taken away by the council in Havering than in any of its surrounding boroughs. 

Havering Council charges £43 to collect one to three items, and additional items cost £11 each. 

The service is for items that are too large to be thrown away or recycled, including furniture, white goods, carpets and bathroom fittings. 

Neighbouring Barking & Dagenham charges less than a quarter of that, at £10 for up to four items and Newham collections cost £20 for up to six items. 

Both Redbridge and Tower Hamlets offer free collections, the former for one collection every 12 months and latter two free collections per year. 


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Neighbouring borough Brentwood charges £11.50 per item with a minimum charge of £23. 

One Facebook user said: “That’s why we have so much fly-tipping!

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"Cheaper to dump than get the council to do it!"

Another added: “This is a joke. And [they] wonder why a lot of people fly-tip - surely they can see why. 

“£43 for one item is ridiculous!” 

A spokesperson for Havering Council said: “We cannot comment on other borough’s arrangements, however Havering’s price for bulky waste collection sits in line with our current contract and ensures we are not operating at a loss. 

“We always aim to deliver the best value for our residents, and this will be a priority when we come to review our waste contracts in future.” 

Research conducted earlier this year found fly-tipping costs Havering Council around £1million a year, with Gooshays in Harold Hill being the worst neighbourhood overall. 

Between July 2019 and December 2020, there were 8,025 reports of fly-tipping, with incidents in Gooshays alone making up nearly a thousand - 925 - of those instances in the year and a half period. 

Hundreds of fines totalling more than £21,000 have been dished out for fly-tipping and littering in Havering over the last year. 

The council has handed out 200 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) for fly-tipping and 147 for littering around the borough since June 2020, as part of a crackdown. 

However, Havering council said it doesn’t believe the borough has a fly-tipping problem. 

The spokesperson added: “Like all boroughs, Havering does experience some fly-tipping, however we remain one of the best at enforcement in this area.  

“Generally, our fly-tipping issues come from larger, industrial waste, which wouldn’t be eligible for bulky waste collection.” 


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