What is bulky waste collection?
Bulky waste collection is a service provided by most local councils in the UK. Items that are too big for a regular bin are typically left outside on the pavement and a vehicle is sent round to collect them.

How much does it cost?
Some councils provide this service free of charge to residents and others charge a nominal fee which can be anywhere from a few pounds per item to over £100 per collection. Others do not charge unless you exceed a certain number of collections in any given year.

What are classed as bulky items?
Examples of bulky items collected include furniture such as chairs, tables, beds, mattresses and wardrobes; and large domestic appliances such as cookers, televisions and fridge-freezers. Many councils also collect garden waste as part of their bulky waste collection service such as hedge or tree cuttings.

What items are not collected?
Many councils do not collect refurbishment items such as fitted kitchen or bathroom units discarded during DIY or refurbishment activities. Other items that councils often don’t collect include car parts, radiators, builders/trade waste, rubble, stone, soil or bricks.

What happens to the waste?
Most councils aim to divert the maximum number of bulky items they collect from landfill or incineration. Many work closely with external organisations, House Clearance Service In Wolverhampton sending items for reuse or to specialist recycling plants. As landfill tax continues to rise, more and more waste will be diverted.

Are there any alternatives to the council collection service?
Some companies provide an excellent alternative to council bulky waste collection services. Although you will have to pay for the service, it is usually far more convenient as they will take almost any items and can usually respond within 48 hours. The best services include labour to remove items from inside the property even sweep up afterwards.

Who shouldn’t I use to remove bulky items?
Using cheap ‘rogue’ man & van clearance companies can be a very bad idea. If you’re quoted around £50 to clear a skip load of waste from your back yard, the chances are it’s going to be fly-tipped somewhere and you may be liable.

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