Council bulky waste collection prices for England
Have you ever wondered what different councils charge householders to take away bulky items? How your council stacks up against your neighbours and whether it's great value or a little bit pricey?
Well, your musings are over.
Our team of dedicated researchers at LoveJunk has reviewed the cost of a bulky waste collection of every local authority in England (dear Wales and Scotland, we promise to analyse yours soon!). 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 price for a single item varies across the 300+ councils.
The average collection price £28. At one end it's completely free. At the other it costs more than £60.
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. The South West of England is notable for featuring quite highly in this list and may reflects 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|
|South Somerset||South West||£60|
|Taunton Deane||South West||£60|
|West Somerset||South West||£60|
|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|
|Brighton and Hove||South East||£108|
|East Hampshire||South East||£99|
|North Somerset||South West||£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.
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.
|North Lincolnshire||Yorkshire and The Humber||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 Bulky Waste Removal Charges
Close behind the free councils are the following 9 local authorities in England who each offer a great value for money bulky waste service:
|Barking & Dagenham||London||£10|
|Redcar and Cleveland||North East||£10|
|West Lancashire||North West||£13|
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?