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How to dispose of rubbish in Eastbourne

18 February 2022

Bulky Waste Collection & Rubbish Clearance in Eastbourne

Questions on how to dispose of rubbish in Eastbourne? This guide covers all the ways you can get rid of your bulky waste in the Eastbourne area, which means anything too big for your regular wheelie bins. This can include a sofa, fridge, mattress, or DIY rubble, for example. The main sections in this article are:

  1. Reuse options  
  2. Eastbourne Council bulky waste collection service  
  3. Man & van rubbish clearance collectors 
  4. Skip hire
  5. Tips / HWRCs / civic amenity sites for Eastbourne residents


1. Reuse options in Eastbourne

The cheapest and more eco-friendly way to dispose of something is to donate it for reuse. You can give away items to an individual directly or to reuse charities - who then give it to someone in need or sell it and use the proceeds for their charitable cause. 

Donate to a Person 

Assuming that no one in your network is interested in the item, a simple way to donate is to list it on LoveJunk and tick the ‘reusable’ box. This notifies reusers based in or near Eastbourne and, if someone wants it, they will send you an offer via our app to pick it up. The process is super easy and free.  

Reuse Charities in Eastbourne

Here is a list of Reuse Charities in Eastbourne and nearby that collect quality furniture and large working appliances for free. Response times and service levels may vary.

Furniture Now Eastbourne Unit 1, North Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2PE
Age UK Unit 42, Priory Meadow Shopping Centre, Queens Road, Hastings, TN34 1PJ
St Wilfreds Hospice St Wilfrid’s Hospice, 1 Broadwater Way, Eastbourne, BN22 9PZ
Hastings Furniture 6–10 Dorset Place, Hastings, TN34 1LG
Emmaus Hastings & Rother Whitworth Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 7PZ
BHF 202 Terminus Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3DF


Note that charities only accept upholstered furniture with fire labels still attached. If you don't have labels and can't find any other solutions, check out Furniture Removal Eastbourne.



2. Eastbourne council bulky item collection service

Eastbourne council offers residents a collection service for bulky items. The service is not available to local businesses or tradespeople.  

Cost of Eastbourne council bulky waste collection service 

Eastbourne council charges: 

  • £50.00 to collect 1 - 3 items 
  • Additional items £10.00 per item

Other information about the council bulky service:

  • Response time:  typical wait times are 2 - 3 weeks
  • Concessions:  no concessions available 
  • Appliances: they collect electrical items but not American style fridges
  • DIY/ home improvement waste: the service does not cover any builders rubble or home improvement waste 
  • Internal collections: not available, all waste must be placed outside the property in advance of the collection date.  
  • Garden waste: the service runs from April each year to the following March, and costs £57 for the year

More details: full details of Eastbourne's bulky waste collection service, including how to book, can be found here.


3. Use a private licensed man & van waste collector

If you can't use the council bulky collection service or donate your item, you will probably need a licensed man & van rubbish collector.  

Like the council service, a man and van waste contractor visits the property, loads up the junk, then takes it away for disposal. The main differences to the council's service are speed (private collectors can respond much faster), labour (they will collect from anywhere inside or outside the home), and type of waste (they can take all types including things like rubble and garden waste).  

Waste collection businesses must have a license from the Environment Agency and public liability insurance. There are unfortunately cowboy operators who make money by fly tipping your waste and pocketing the cash. Any doubts, don't use the company.


Find cheapest bulky waste collector in Eastbourne

You can find local, fully licensed waste clearance businesses in Eastbourne using the LoveJunk marketplace. Receive no obligation quotes by simply posting a picture of your waste. Choose the best price, pay securely only after collection and receive confirmation that your waste was responsibly disposed of. Plus how much was diverted from landfill (98% on average!). We guarantee no fly tipping and councils around the country recommend us.



Example Eastbourne man & van bulky waste collection prices

The cost of a private man and van collection depends on the type and amount of waste and when you need it removed. For lots of examples of man & van rubbish collections with prices, see LoveJunk's rubbish removal prices gallery. See below for an idea of costs in Eastbourne.


2 seater sofa, £30

Fridge freezer, £40

Carpet and underlay, £40

8 cardboard boxes, £30

Mixed junk, £30

Dismantled bed parts, £20


4. Skip hire in Eastbourne

Another means of rubbish clearance is skip hire in Eastbourne. Unlike man & van collection, you need to load the skip and the price is fixed regardless of how much you fill it. Skip hire is generally much more expensive than using a man & van unless you have lots of very heavy, messy waste and you would like to contain it all in one place while undertaking a project. For more information on skip hire, read our Ultimate Guide to Skip Hire


Local skip hire companies 

Licensed skip hire companies that serve the Eastbourne area: 

JM Skip Hire
Skip Hire Eastbourne
Robin Skip Hire
Pauls Mini Skips
PMT Cheap Skip Hire


Skip hire prices in Eastbourne

Typical Eastbourne skip hire prices (including VAT) for mixed general waste before adding any skip permit or parking bay suspension fees are: 

Builder skip: 6 – 8 cubic yard skip @ £310 - £370 

Maxi skip: 10 - 12 cubic yard skip @ £420 - £480


Skip Permits and Bay Suspensions 

If you need to place your skip on the road, you will need a skip permit license and possibly a CPZ parking suspension. For more information, read our Guide to Skip Permits and Bay Suspensions.  

Skip License Eastbourne: £51 for 1 week

CPZ Bay Suspension: £7.50 for 14 days

Here is a link to the council website for skip permits:



Skip bags

For smaller amounts of messy waste, you could consider a skip bag. They are useful for containing rubble and mess but don't take up nearly as much space as a skip.

The most popular brand are Hippo bags, which are available in Eastbourne (and nationwide). You pay a fixed amount for the bag itself, and then for somebody to come and empty it when it's full. Bags come in various sizes depending on how much waste you'll have. 

Read our Hippo Bag Guide for full details on how it works and how much collection costs.


5. Tips & HWRCs in the Eastbourne area

If you have a car, a very cheap way of Eastbourne bulky waste collection is to dispose of your bulky waste at the local council tip. Council tips are only available to residents, not businesses. 

Below is a map of council tips, household waste recycling centres and civic amenity sites in or near the Eastbourne region. 


Map of Eastbourne tips

map of eastbourne tips

List of nearest household waste recycling centres for Eastbourne residents:

  • Eastbourne household waste recycling site - BN22 8NB (opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 4.00pm, Saturday & Sunday, 8.00am to 12 noon)

Useful additional info:

  • Booking: You do not need to book a visit in advance
  • Help unloading: Site staff cannot help unless you have proof of a disability  
  • Pedestrians: access is permitted via a dedicated entrance for local residents arriving by foot. There is no parking outside or near the site for oversize or other vehicles. It is therefore not permitted to park outside or near the site and bring waste into the site on foot
  • Vans: permitted on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays only. Van drivers must bring photo ID (for example a driving licence, valid passport or work ID) and one other form of ID such as a recent utility or Council Tax bill that contains your home address
  • Van height restrictions: barrier of 2 metres. Barrier will only be opened for household waste brought in taller vehicles, provided they meet the other site requirements
  • Trailers: must be no more than 1.8 metres in length. The site can accept 2.4 metre trailers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only
  • Waste types not accepted: trade/business waste 
  • Waste types accepted: small amounts of DIY, hardcore, soil and plasterboard are accepted and will be charged for



Thank you for reading! We hope you found our how to dispose of rubbish in Eastbourne guide useful. For further reading, check out our How to Dispose of Rubbish guide for in-depth rubbish clearance guidance.


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