Request a collection of bulky waste items

Book a collection

Before you book your uplift please consider whether the items could be used by someone else.

If you have items such as beds, sofas, tables, chairs and bikes that are in good condition, call the national re-use phone line on

0800 0665 820

or you can donate online. Items will be collected by a local organisation and reused.

Request an uplift

If the items are damaged or can't be reused, you can book a collection from us using the form below or by calling us.

When booking, let us know if you are disabled or have a medical condition and may require help. Use this service for large household items like

  • mattresses
  • furniture
  • TVs
  • washing machines
  • fridge freezers
  • carpets that are broken or damaged and can't be reused.

If you complete the request an uplift form, we will call you back to find out what you need collected and to arrange a collection day. Only items you have told us about will be picked up.

Your items should be on the kerbside for collection by 7am on your booked day.

Cancellations and changes to booked uplifts

Booked uplifts can only be cancelled or changed up to 11.30am the day before your uplift is due to take place. We can only accept changes and cancellations by phone.


The charges vary but the minimum charge is £26. This is for a maximum of 6 items for bulky items including mattresses, furniture and electrical appliances.

It is £30 for up to and including 28 bags of garden waste. This includes branches that have been bundled and secured, clippings and cuttings. We will discuss the charge with you if you require more than 28 bags picked up.

It is £30 for up to and including 15 bags or items of building materials. This includes rubble, tiles plasterboard and paving slabs. We will discuss the charge with you if you require more than 15 bags picked up.

Alternative ways to dispose of your waste

You can recycle a wide range of things for free at our community recycling centres.

Items we can't accept

We will not uplift the following items

  • pianos
  • storage heaters
  • household wheelie bins
  • car tyres
  • safes
  • barbed wire
  • spot welders
  • gas cylinders
  • garden poles with cement still attached
  • oxygen cylinders
  • cast iron baths
  • asbestos/ hazardous
  • electric or manual wheel chairs
  • fire extinguishers
  • household waste
  • food or sanitary products
  • car batteries
  • clinical waste or liquid waste (oil and paint).

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