Rubbish and Recycling

Rubbish and Recycling covers the collection of domestic refuse – weekly timetables, provision of bags and containers, for example – and concerns over recycling and disposal.  General waste management issues are also covered, including commercial waste problems and fly tipping.

Six west London Boroughs (Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames) have joined together to plan for the future management of waste produced in their areas. The West London Waste Plan (WLWP) accounts for all waste in these boroughs up to 2031.  The Plan contains policy to support site development and promote sustainable waste management.  It gives priority to waste reduction, recycling and composting.  It does this by identifying suitable sites for development of new facilities and safeguarding all existing waste sites within west London.

See the West London Waste Plan website at

First published on 22 March 2015.  Last updated on 30 March 2015

West London Waste Authority recently won two awards for their new contract with SITA UK Ltd to manage the household waste generated by the residents of six west London boroughs, including Hillingdon.  The contract with SITA UK Ltd will ensure that 96% of rubbish that cannot be recycled will be diverted from landfill, saving more than 83,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.  When operational in 2016, SITA UK's Severnside Energy Recovery Plant near Bristol will produce enough electricity to power some 50,000 homes - in Bristol.
Published on 03 July 2014

At the end of the May the facility in Victoria Road, South Ruislip, will close, meaning that residents with household waste to dispose of will only have Hillingdon Council's site in New Year's Green Lane, Harefield to use free of charge by producing a Hillingdon First card or proof of address.

The Hillingdon Council has been in dispute with the West London Waste Authority for some time over ever increasing fees and the financial management of the Victoria Road facility, and says it will try to find its own, alternative site.

WLWA website contains a report into the provision of household waste and recycling services at Victoria Road, and the reasons for closure, including that agreement on costs could not be reached with Hillingdon Council. That report can be found here.

Waste and recycling centres run by WLWA are paid for by the authority in whose area they are located, and anyone can use them irrespective of where they live, free of charge.  The Harefield site, on the other hand, charges non-Hillingdon residents to tip waste there.

Published on 12 May 2014

The current Waste Management Submission Plan consultation is only on the 'soundness and legality' of this latest draft, prior to its submission to Government for testing against the same criteria.

The European and UK Government policies on waste disposal mean that every local authority must produce a plan detailing how it will deal with waste generated in its area over the next 15 years.

The London Plan (2011) aims to ensure that as much of London's waste as practical is managed within London, working towards managing 100% by 2031.  Each borough has been allocated an amount of London's waste that it is required to manage, dramatically reducing reliance on landfill.

In West London, six London boroughs have agreed that the West London Waste Authority (WLWA) should produce a single waste plan for their combined area.  When adopted, this plan will form part of the respective Borough's individual Local Plans.

This Proposed Submission Plan identifies the proposed sites for waste management development in the plan area.  Only one site in Hillingdon appears on the list of those to be covered by the Plan - Rigby Lane Waste Transfer Station, Hayes. Other nearby sites are at Greenford Road, Greenford and at Forward Drive, Harrow.

There would appear to be no plans to change the use of Victoria Road waste transfer station - except that a new contractor has been appointed to transfer waste to an 'energy from waste' facility in South Gloucestershire.  This is part of a strategy to address the shortfall in treatment capacity predicted within the WLWA area over the medium term.

This latest version of the Plan raises no specific planning, transport or pollution issues likely to affect the Ruislip Residents' Association area, which in any case should more properly have been addressed at earlier stages in the consultation - something which the Assocition decided at the time was not necessary.

Published on 25 March 2014

The six West London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond upon Thames are consulting on the soundness and legal compliance of the proposed Submission version of the West London Waste Plan.  The consultation ends on Friday 11 April 2014

Changes are already apparent at the Victoria Road Waste Transfer and Civic Amenity Site.  This is currently in a period of transition, following West London Waste's signing of a new 25-year contract to have bulk waste diverted from landfill, as used until now, to incineration for electricity generation, and eventually for district heating.

Approval by the Environment Agency of the contract, which involves the contractor taking over West London Waste's two railheads, required the segregation of bulk waste and household recycling, hence the fence and rather temporary civic amenity arrangements.

Improvements are promised in entry and circulation of vehicles, better signage, more accessible containers and more user friendly bulking areas for specific types of recycling.  These developments are due to be in place by 1 August 2014.

Published on 11 March 2014

In response to a report recommending further re-drafting, Hillingdon Council Cabinet approval was given on 23 January 2014 for this work to be undertaken. The West London Waste Plan forms part of Hillingdon's Local Plan and that of the Local Plans of its other five west London partner boroughs. Hillingdon's share of the cost of preparing and taking the West London Waste Plan Proposed Submission Draft forward for the next consultation stage can be met from existing revenue budgets for 2013/14. For details go to and skip to page 147.
Published on 11 February 2014

On the night of 30/31 October a tipper truck was driven into Hale End Close, Ruislip, and the driver dumped rubbish blocking the width of the road over a distance of some 20 metres and obstructing the exit for some twenty cars.  Hillingdon Council's 24-hour emergency team sent a clean-up team and the rubbish was cleared by 2.00 am. 

There have recently been other incidents of fly-tipping in residential streets in the Ruislip area.  The Council reminded residents that if rubbish is tipped on private land it is the landowner's responsibility to clear it up, and to inform environmental health.

Published on 02 December 2013

National Recycle Week starts on 17 June and West Waste (operators of the Victoria Road waste transfer station) have launched an initiative to help West Londoners recycle their broken or discarded electrical and electronic equipment.   They are asking community groups and locations (such as schools, churches, sport centres) to have a recycling container for this one week in order to provide convenient recycling points throughout West London. More info via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 020 8814 9802.

Published on 17 June 2013
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