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How to dispose of bulky waste

If your unwanted items cannot be reused or recycled, here are the options for disposing of the bulky waste from your home.

Published: 16 December 2020

Last updated: 24 May 2021

Bulky waste collection service

You can book a bulky waste collection service with us for £31 for up to 6 items.

Each additional item is £5 per item. We aim to complete your collection within 10 working days. 

If you receive housing or council tax benefit, the service is free. However, this is  limited to 1 collection, of up to 6 items, every 90 days. 

We collect:

  • fridges 
  • cookers 
  • beds - including mattresses and bed frames 
  • sofas 
  • tables 
  • wardrobes 
  • washing machines 
  • other large electrical items and furniture 

Book a collection

Book a bulky waste collection

Once you have booked the collection, the booking team will aim to call back within 2 working days for chargeable requests and 3 working days for concession requests. Adding or removing items after booking is not possible. 

They will then advise you of the next available collection slot.  

Please let us know your availability for a call-back during office hours (9am to 5pm).

We will make 3 attempts to contact you and leave a message if possible. If you don't get back to us after the third call, your collection will be cancelled and you will have to rebook. 

Where to leave your collection 

Due to COVID-19, items for collection should be left in front gardens, communal reception areas or communal bins stores.

We are still offering assisted bulky waste collections (where we will come into your property to collect the bulky waste items) for any resident who is physically unable to leave their items outside their property, such as any residents with disabilities or elderly residents. 

On private land, if access to the item is difficult, it is best to leave the bulky items on-street on the day of collection, as long as access isn’t blocked to the property or road. 

Other options

You can also take your bulky household waste to the household waste recycling centre at Smugglers Way. 

Freecycle and Freegle 

This is often the quickest and easiest way to get rid of an item that is in a useful condition. 

Membership is free. You can give your old items to someone in the community using these independent online networks that are entirely non-profit. 


There are many charities such as the RSPCA and British Heart Foundation, who can remove your good quality bulky items and resell them. Please contact these charities or your local charity shop for more information.  

Further information

If you are a business or landlord, please use our commercial bulky waste service.