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Council Bulky Waste Collection charge 2021

22 March 2021

Comparison of council bulky item collection price across England in 2021

How does the council bulky waste collection price differ across England? How does your council stack up against your neighbours and is it great value or a bit pricey?

Our team of dedicated researchers at LoveJunk has reviewed the cost of a bulky waste collection of every local authority in England (Wales and Scotland, we promise to analyse yours soon!) in 2021. Comparing the price charged to remove a single bulky item (eg. sofa, mattress or fridge) and also a combination of three items.

The chart shows how the collection price for a single bulk item varies across the 300+ councils.

The average collection price in 2021 is £28


Graph of council bulky waste collection prices in england for 1 large item

source: LoveJunk 2021

Note: as you can see, some councils tend to charge a little more for fridges (compared to a sofa or mattress) because it is Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) which typically costs a little more to dispose of.


Most Expensive Councils to remove a Sofa

Here are the 10 local authorities that charge the most to remove a sofa. The most expensive of which is Richmond in London. The South West of England is notable for featuring quite highly in this list and may reflect the local costs of disposal in that region being a little higher than other parts of the country.


Council Region Cost to remove sofa
Richmond upon Thames London £62
Mendip South West £60
Sedgemoor South West £60
South Somerset South West £60
Taunton Deane South West £60
West Somerset South West £60
Eastleigh South East £60
Central Bedfordshire East £58
Wokingham South East £56
Tonbridge and Malling South East £55


Most Expensive Councils to remove 3 item Combo

Below are the top 10 local authorities that charge the most to remove 3 bulky items.

The pickup cost ranges from £95 to an impressive £138.  Arun council is the 'winner', charging a total of £139 to remove and dispose of a fridge, mattress and sofa.


Local authority Region Cost to remove Combo
Arun South East £138
Eastleigh South East £128
Brighton and Hove South East £108
Central Bedfordshire East £103
Bromley London £104
East Hampshire South East £99
Reading South East £98
Three Rivers East £96
North Somerset South West £95
Lewes South East £95


And, here they all are shown on a map which highlights how these more expensive local authorities are located in the South of England.


map highlighting most expensive areas in england for a bulky waste collection


Free Council Bulky Waste collection in England

For a lucky few, your council will remove up to 3 bulky junk items completely free of charge.

Local authority Region Combo
Hyndburn North West Free
Leicester East Midlands Free
Liverpool North West Free
Manchester North West Free
North Lincolnshire Yorkshire and The Humber Free
Nottingham* East Midlands Free
Pendle North West Free
Redbridge London Free
Tower Hamlets London Free
Waltham Forest* London Free
Wigan North West Free
* do not collect fridges

Note: Leicester, Manchester, North Lincolnshire, Pendle, Waltham Forest and Wigan have all made their services free this year - in 2020 it was a paid-for service.


Cheapest Council Bulky Waste Collection Price

Close behind the free councils are the following 9 local authorities in England who each offer a great value for money bulky waste service:

Local authority Region Combo
Barrow-in-Furness North West £10
Barking & Dagenham London £10
Redcar and Cleveland North East £10
Sunderland North East £10
Walsall West Midlands £10
Basildon East £10
West Lancashire North West £13
Burnley North West £14
Cotswold South West £14

And then joint 10th are Hinckley and Bosworth, Ribble Valley, Slough and Northampton, who only charge £15 for the collection of three items.



Councils NOT offering a bulky waste service

Slightly bizarrely there are three councils in England that do not offer a bulky waste collection service for residents at all. These are the City of Lincoln, Scarborough and Tendring. Their reason is that it costs too much to provide such a service, but surely they should offer one and charge enough to cover their costs?


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