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Arrange a bulky waste collection

We provide a bulky household waste-collection service for many common household items.

Before you ask us to collect an unwanted large or bulky item, please check whether you can pass it on in another way. For example, you could:

  • Donate or sell it online
  • Check whether a local charity wants it – they might be able to suggest alternative collection services
  • Check whether the company delivering a replacement product can take it away
  • Take it to the household recycling centre at Milton or Thriplow

Check our recycling and rubbish A to Z for advice about specific items.

Items we can collect

The request form includes a list of everything we can collect – if you have something that is not listed, you’ll need to find a different way to dispose of it.

Items we will collect include:

  • All furniture typically found within the home
  • Small electrical appliances
  • Bulky items from the garden and garage
  • Hazardous items – see below
  • One room’s carpet
  • Miscellaneous items such as ironing boards
  • Up to 3 bags of excess general rubbish and 3 bags of garden waste – use normal bin liners

White goods and hazardous items

We collect white goods and hazardous items separately to other items. We can collect:

  • Televisions and computer monitors
  • Defrosted and empty fridges and freezers
  • Washing machines and tumble driers
  • Cookers, hobs and microwaves
  • Dishwashers

Items we cannot collect

We cannot collect:

  • Cars, tyres or vehicle batteries
  • Pianos
  • Chemicals or other hazardous waste
  • Oil or items that have been contaminated with oil
  • Industrial fridges or American-style fridge-freezers
  • Construction materials
  • Pallets
  • Bathroom suites
  • Paint
  • Mobility scooters

This list is not exhaustive – we cannot collect anything that is not listed in the form. Search for specialist disposal companies if you have any items that we cannot collect.

On your collection day

Leave all items near the kerb outside your property or block of flats – please do not block the pavement. We cannot collect anything from inside your property.

Check the weather forecast, and cover anything that might be affected by bad weather.

Please reinforce glass panels and secure them with tape so they do not shatter.

Our collection crew begins work at 6am, so make sure your items are ready for collection by then.

We will not remove any items that you do not include in your request – do not leave any extra items for collection.

Arrange a collection

Submit a request form to arrange a collection.

You’ll be asked to choose a collection date – this will usually be within the next 10 working days. During the coronavirus pandemic you might need to wait a bit longer for your collection. The system only provides the next 3 available dates. If you want to book further in the future, you’ll need to come back nearer the time.

If you cannot arrange and pay for your collection online, or if the form does not include your address, phone us to arrange collection.

Revised collection dates

Bulky waste collections are currently running one day behind schedule – check the table below if you have arrange a collection. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Revised bulky waste collection dates
Scheduled collection date Revised collection date
Thursday 6 January Friday 7 January
Friday 7 January Saturday 8 January
Saturday 8 January Monday 10 January
Monday 10 January Tuesday 11 January
Tuesday 11 January Wednesday 12 January

Cancel or change a collection

If you want to cancel or change your collection after you have arranged it, phone us by 5pm two working days before your collection date. We might not be able to make any changes or refund your money after this time.

If you want to change the date of your collection, you’ll need to phone us to cancel it and then arrange a new collection online.

We cannot guarantee being able to add extra items to a confirmed collection, because the number of items we can collect each day is limited.