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Bulk Collections

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In September 2013 changes were made to the bulky waste collection service for all domestic properties in the district.

Large electrical items, like TVs, washing machines, fridges, freezers and cookers will be collected free of charge.

But a charge will be made for other bulky items.

You will be given the date that your waste will be collected when you book a collection.

Furniture Projects

Before you dispose of any unwanted furniture, why not donate it to a local furniture project that will re-use it! To arrange a free collection for any suitable items please contact any of the Bradford based furniture projects:

You could also contact a local charity shop, advertise it on Freecycle, Gum Tree, Recycle or Facebook.

Household Waste Recycling Centres

Please try and recycle items where possible and dispose of items safely using your local Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Items that will be collected for a charge:

(each entry in this list counts as one item)

  • Arm chair
  • Bed base
  • Bedside table
  • Bicycle
  • Bookcase
  • Carpet (rolled, up to 4ft length)
  • Chair
  • Chest of drawers
  • Desk
  • Dining chairs (up to 8)
  • Dining table
  • Display cabinet
  • Double bed mattress
  • Double bed base
  • Dressing table
  • Filing cabinet
  • Garden furniture
  • Lino (rolled, up to 4ft length)
  • Single bed
  • Sideboard
  • Settee (sofa)
  • Table
  • Wardrobe
  • Welsh dresser

Items we will not collect:

  • Asbestos
  • Bathroom suites (full or part)
  • Builders waste / DIY waste
  • Car parts/tyres
  • Cast iron boilers
  • Chemicals
  • Fitted bedroom suites
  • Fitted kitchen units
  • Gas containers
  • Hazardous materials
  • Industrial containers
  • Industrial packaging
  • Mirrors
  • Radiators
  • Rubble, stone, soil, brick
  • Windows or doors


There is a charge for everything, except large electrical items, as shown in the table below.

Charges with effect from 1 April 2015 are:

Number of items Charge
Up to 5 items £15.00
6-10 items £20.00
11-15 items £25.00
16-20 items £30.00
21-25 items £35.00

You can request the bulky waste collection service as many times as necessary through the year.

Electrical items - free

We work with a specialist recycling contractor who collects and disposes of unwanted electrical items (domestic household items only). Where possible our contractor Waste Care will try and re-use, repair or recycle electrical items.

They will pick up any large electrical items such as an old TV, Hi-Fi, washing machine, fridge, freezer, cooker or a microwave for example. Please get in touch with us and we will arrange to collect these items free of charge.

Leaving out your waste

Once you have booked your bulky waste collection and been told when your collection date is, please ensure that:

  • all items are kept in a safe and accessible place ensuring that they are dry and in a reasonable condition
  • soft furnishings, such as sofas and mattresses, are covered to protect them from the weather
  • all items are made safe by securely taping up doors and loose wires, and the item is emptied
  • gates are unlocked and access to the bulky items is clear

Please note that collection staff will not enter homes, sheds, garages and outbuildings.

Contact us

To arrange your electrical collection or make a payment and arrange for a bulky waste collection please fill in our bulky waste collection online form or call 01274 431000.

We will tell you the date your waste will be collected when you book your collection.

Frequently asked questions

How do I pay?

You can pay online through our secure payment system or by debit or credit card if you book a collection by telephone.

Collections will not take place until payment has been received.

Can I pay on the day?

No, our crews are not able to take payment on the day. Payments must be made in advance of the collection.

I pay my Council Tax, why do I have to pay for this service?

The collection of domestic waste is governed by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Controlled Waste regulations 1992. Under regulation 4 of the Controlled Waste Regulations, the Council can charge for the collection of certain materials which include:

  1. Any article of waste which exceeds 25 kilograms in weight.
  2. Any article of waste which does not fit, or cannot be fitted into:
    1. a receptacle for household waste provided in accordance with section 46; or
    2. where no such receptacle is provided, a cylindrical container 750 millimetres in diameter and 1 metre in length.

I have had a bulk waste collection before and it was free. Why do I have to pay now?

The charges have been introduced following a decision made by councillors when setting this year’s budget. The large reductions in the Government’s funding for local authorities means that the Council is increasingly having to make difficult decisions about which services it provides, how it provides them, what it reduces or stops doing and what it has to make a charge for. A small charge has been introduced to make the service self-financing but at the same time we are improving the service and ensuring it is efficient and responsive to the needs of our residents. Previously 1-5 items were collected free of charge up to 4 times per year and a charge was made for items and collections in excess of that.

Approximately 75% of Councils now charge for bulky waste collections.

You can donate some furniture and electrical items to local furniture recycling projects, other charity shops / charities, Freecycle/Gum tree or take them to your local HWRC free of charge.

Why don’t I have to pay for electrical items to be collected?

We work with a specialist recycling contractor who collects and disposes of unwanted electrical items (domestic household waste items only). Where possible, our contractor WEEECARE will try and re-use, repair or recycle electrical items, this means they can offer their service to residents free of charge.

Where will my money be going?

The Council will not make any profit from the charges – all the money received will go to fund the service being provided.

Will the cost be more for bigger items?

No – the charge is the same for any item.

How many items will you take for the minimum charge?

Up to 5 items will be collected for £10.

Am I charged per item?

No, not per item, but there is a scale of charges (see above).

Do I have to pay every time I use the service?

Yes. You will be charged according to the number of items you want collecting and can use the service as many times a year as you wish.

Will there be an additional charge if I have more items to be collected on the day?

The crew can only take items listed for collection on the day. Any extra items will not be taken. If you have extra items, please contact us at least 2 days before the collection day to add them.

What day and time will my items be collected?

Electrical items are usually collected on specific days depending on your postcode. Non-electrical items will be collected on the specified Saturday between 6.30am and 5pm.

Please make sure your items are placed out for collection no later than 6.30am and that crews can gain easy access to them.

Can I request a refund?

In the event you wish to cancel your collection, confirmation of this must be made by telephone before 11.00 am on the Friday before the scheduled collection date for a refund to be made.

Is the charge refundable if the items are not collected?

If the reason for non-collection is because the Council does not attend, for example, due to bad weather conditions, we will attempt to collect the items the following Saturday. However, if you wish to cancel in such cases a refund can be given.

If we attend the address and the items:

  • are not presented at all
  • are presented in such a way that means we cannot safely collect them
  • the property is secured and we cannot gain access

then no refund will be possible.

If you introduce a charge for the collection of bulky items won’t incidences of fly tipping increase?

There is no evidence of a link between the introduction of charges for the collection of bulky items and increased fly-tipping. Many Councils have already introduced charges for bulky waste collections and according to the government fly-tipping is decreasing nationally.

Black refuse bags

Did you know that more than half the contents of an average rubbish bin can be recycled? So make sure you recycle all you can before leaving black refuse bags out. To discuss collection of excess black refuse bags please contact us in advance.

Fly tipping

Fly tipping is where people illegally dump waste onto the highways, footpaths or land. Fly tipping is an offence for which you will be prosecuted.

If you see anyone dumping waste please note as many details as possible and call 01274 434366 straight away.

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