Thank you for all the helpful replies. I wasn’t aware of the WEEE bin by Sydenham woods and not thought about calling the scrap collectors myself - in the past, I have left things out at night and they have gone before I’ve been up in the morning - I’ve always thought they are like grown up tooth fairies, but I haven’t seen/ heard anyone collecting in lockdown. I learnt to leave things for those with the desire/ ability to scrap for value after having a tip delivered on my drive and finding that everything I put in disappeared overnight. On the upside, a number of my neighbours were able to use the skip and get rid of unwanted items on that occasion.
For anyone thinking of using the council service, I used the Lewisham large items collection last week and they collect anytime from 6.30am to 2.30pm. The first slot I could get was 3 weeks after I made the booking. The items were collected about lunchtime, but in the past I would have expected a scrap merchant to take some of the items before then. The council collection costs £20 for each ‘lot’ which can be for up to 4 items from a drop down list (and none of the items I now need to get rid of). I thought it was excellent value though for a sofabed, roll of carpet, underlay and broken lawnmower.