Bulky waste is household waste that is too big to fit in your bin, including furniture and electrical goods.

Bulky waste collection

You can take bulky waste to one of our Household Recycling Centres or you can arrange a collection via our partner Veolia.

Donate unwanted items to charity

Someone may make use of your unwanted items such as furniture or electrical appliances, if your unwanted items are in good condition then you could consider giving them to a charity.

Organising a collection

To organise a bulky waste collection call us using the contact details on this page.

There are no charges for Council Housing Service, Great Places, ACIS and Sanctuary tenants, however private tenants and householders will be charged based on the number of items that need collecting.

A collection service is also available for household fixtures and fittings (including baths) for a minimum charge of £61.20.

Hazardous waste


Asbestos can be found in domestic structures including garages, sheds, outbuildings. If you have asbestos in your home you can take household asbestos cement waste, properly double bagged and taped up to a Household Waste Recycling Centre. This can then be placed in dedicated asbestos containers.

Asbestos removal

We do not offer asbestos analysis or removal services to home owners. If you are a council housing tenant please contact your local Area Housing Office.

Do not put waste asbestos in your bin or a builder's skip.

Further information on asbestos

Where to look

Asbestos can be found in any industrial buildings or in houses built or refurbished before the year 2000.

Asbestos comes in various forms:

  • asbestos cement is a material commonly used for the construction of domestic garages, sheds or lean-to buildings
  • flat sheet asbestos is used for wall panels
  • corrugated asbestos sheets for roofing
  • moulded asbestos products for gutters, rainwater pipes and ridge tiles etc

What to do if you think there's asbestos in your home

There is no immediate danger if suspect material:

  • is well sealed or painted over
  • panels are not broken
  • surfaces are not exposed

Seek advice if:

  • paint is flaking away
  • suspect material has been chipped, broken, or damaged

Do not try and remove suspect asbestos materials yourself without taking advice. Licensed asbestos removal companies can arrange for a sample analysis of the suspect material.

Removing or altering structures that may contain it

Working with asbestos requires special training or licensing, this is generally split into 2 categories, if in doubt you should always seek professional advice.

Asbestos cement work

You can carry out work on asbestos cement without a licence, providing you have had appropriate information, instruction and training.

Other asbestos containing materials

The removal of higher risk asbestos-containing materials (sprayed asbestos coatings, asbestos insulation, asbestos lagging and most work involving asbestos insulating board (AIB) should only be carried out by a licensed contractor.

Dispose of at a Household Waste Recycling Centre (tip)

You can take household asbestos cement waste, properly double bagged and taped up. Place it in dedicated asbestos containers.

Dispose of in a skip

Check that the company you wish to use is willing and properly licensed to take the asbestos waste, before hiring the skip.

Asbestos cement waste disposed of by a contractor or skip hire company, becomes classified as commercial hazardous waste and must be taken by them to a licensed landfill site under a consignment note issued by the Environment Agency.

The skip company will need to provide you with a valid consignment note and be a registered carrier of waste.

If you employ a builder to repair or demolish an asbestos cement structure, the waste is the responsibility of your builder to dispose of responsibly and legally unless you contractually agree you will responsibly dispose of the waste yourself.

If you are using a skip to have your asbestos waste removed, the asbestos cement sheeting and waste must still be properly sheeted up or bagged, and properly sealed.

Batteries, engine oil and light bulbs

Our Household Waste Recycling Centres have designated containers on site.


Water based paints are able to be disposed of with general waste, but all other paints are classified as hazardous waste and will need to be taken to Blackstock Road Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Clinical waste

This is a free service that you will need to arrange with your district nurse or with the hospital as your return home.

A supply of yellow sacks will be provided each week with information on how to use it. Once you have used your yellow sack please securely seal it and place it outside your front door, or in the agreed place, by 7am on your collection day.

Do not place clinical waste into domestic wheeled bins. 

Waste Management Service

5th Floor (North)
Howden House
1 Union Street

S1 2SH