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Institutions and Museums Waste Management Westminster

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If you operate in one of Westminster’s prestigious institutions or museums, we understand that your premises need to be kept clean and presentable at all times.

Westminster is well known for its range of museums, heritage sites, educational establishments and historic institutions. Thousands of people from across the world come to visit these sites across Westminster, so a clean and well-presented environment is absolutely crucial to creating a welcoming first impression.

Waste management in museums and institutions goes beyond collecting and disposing of rubbish. To ensure you receive the best possible service, your waste collector needs to understand your sector and provide services around your needs. 

We already work with some of the biggest museums and institutions in Westminster (and the world), such as the Royal Albert Hall, Institute of Contemporary Arts and Westminster Cathedral. We ensure these venues look their best all year round, in fact, we collect waste 365 days a year, so there’s never any rubbish in sight. Not only this but since we are a local waste operator we can be relied upon. Our fleet of vehicles do not have to travel long distances to collect your waste so are rarely late to collect your waste and if you need extra collections, we have the capacity to make this happen. As a local authority, we are exempt from charging VAT, so you will be getting a reliable and high-quality local service for amazing value for money.


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Key services for institutions and museums

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Benefits of using Westminster City Council Commercial Waste Services

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Waste Audit

A waste audit allows one of our waste experts, based in your area, to clearly identify the services that will benefit your establishment. You can decide when they visit and they will provide you with valuable insight into how you can improve your waste management. Book your waste audit now.

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Ordering waste bags has never been easier

We have made ordering waste bags easier than ever before. You simply create an account on our online portal, from here you will have access to pre-order waste bags and yellow card stickers. Get started with your online portal.

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Collections 365 days a year

Unlike some other waste collectors, we never stop collecting waste; every day of the year including bank holidays and even on Christmas Day! Efficient and frequent waste management is essential all year round, and busy periods often fall in times that other waste collectors are closed.

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Since we are a local authority, we are exempt from charging VAT on commercial waste collections. This is instantly 20% cheaper than some waste collectors, which will help your cash flow.

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Coffee cup recycling

Coffee cup waste is becoming increasingly more problematic as it tends to be thrown into general waste. Our service helps eliminate this by providing specialist bins to encourage coffee cup waste segregation. Discover more on our service page. 

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Meeting UK law requirements

We can give you the advice and support you to need to help your business stay within the law.

There are strict laws on waste disposal in Westminster, and it’s crucial that you have a waste operator that meets these requirements.

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Talk to our institution and museum sector experts

Talk to our institutions and museums waste management experts, they have decades of experience in helping your business achieve an environmentally friendly waste management service.

Our experts can provide you with valuable insights into how you can improve your current waste management operations, or offer you advice on services that may improve what you currently have in place.

Get in touch today to see how we can help your institution or museum improve its waste management.


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Commercial waste guide for institutions and museums

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If you operate an institution or museum then we would strongly recommend taking a quick look through our guide. It provides you with valuable insights into what your best options for waste management are in Westminster, and why we are your number one choice for waste collections.

Here are some of the things we cover in the guide:

  • What types of waste we collect and what actually goes into recycling and what is general waste
  • Different waste disposal methods
  • Collection times
  • How we help you comply with waste management laws 
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8 tips for choosing a new commercial waste partner

If you’re currently looking for a new waste partner, then this guide will help you. It covers 8 key factors that you should consider before choosing your new partner, as well as some useful questions to ask your shortlist.

The guide includes:

  • Assessing the reliability of a waste operator
  • Looking into costs and value for money
  • Avoiding lengthy contracts
  • Analysing their range of collections – do they offer everything your venue needs?

The guide also covers regularly forgotten aspects of waste management, including businesses duty of care towards the environment and the support that the operator can provide.

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Our range of bins for your institution or museum

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At Westminster City Council Commercial Waste Services, we have a huge range of bins and waste compactors that you can choose from. In the case of an institution or museum, it would be particularly useful to have a variety of bins in different locations, depending on the volume of people in an area and the types of materials that need disposing of.

The capacity of our bins range from 140L to 1280L and are available for a number of different waste streams. 

Get a copy of our bin range today to see which ones suit your needs.

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Is it possible to recycle absolutely everything?

All businesses are starting to come under pressure to become more sustainable and recycle more. 

So why not take this to the next level?

We can recycle for you whatever is recyclable, whereby we ensure material quality remains extremely high to avoid ‘sham-recycling’ and what can’t be recycled is turned into energy for London.

Although we all strive to recycle as much as possible, some items simply have to go in general waste, but this doesn’t mean it can’t be recycled. All of the general waste we collect is sent to the South East London Combined Heat and Power Facility where it is combusted for energy generation. The energy generated from the incineration process is used to generate heat for London homes and businesses and electricity generated goes back into the London electricity grid. The ash left after the process is used for infrastructure building projects and in the past, it has been used for the M25 widening works and building the 2012 Olympic Stadium. This is something no other waste management provider in Westminster can offer you.

To see how the SELCHP energy recovery facility works, watch the short video below.

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What areas do we provide institution and museum waste services in?


We provide waste management services to institutions across the whole of Westminster, please see our list of areas below, including maps highlighting our boundaries.

Even if you’re not based in Westminster, or have branches elsewhere, we can still help you with waste and recycling collections. For more information on our services outside of Westminster, please contact us.



Westminster Areas

Mayfair – W1J / K1S

Soho – W1D / W1F

Fitzrovia – W1T

Pimlico – SW1V

St James – WC2

Knightsbridge – SW7 / SW1

Belgravia – SW7 / SW1

Marylebone – NW1 / W1H

Bayswater – W2

Victoria – SW1

Covent Garden – WC2