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Eastbourne Bulky Waste Collection & Rubbish Clearance

18 February 2022

Bulky Waste Collection & Rubbish Clearance in Eastbourne

The ultimate guide to Eastbourne rubbish clearance and bulky waste collection. This guide covers all the ways you can get rid of your bulky waste in the Eastbourne area, including:

  • Reuse options  
  • Eastbourne Council bulky waste collection service  
  • Man & van rubbish clearance collectors including costs and examples 
  • Skip hire providers, skip hire prices and local skip permit fees for Eastbourne
  • Tips / HWRCs / civic amenity sites for Eastbourne residents 
  • Interesting rubbish stats for Eastbourne council  


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. Remember, however, if you want to donate upholstered furniture to a charity, it requires a fire safety certificate. 


Donate to a Person 

Assuming that no one in your network is interested in the item, the simplest 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. Note that they are charities, so their 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 don’t wish to or cannot use the council bulky collection service and cannot 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).  

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 the LoveJunk rubbish removal price gallery.  


Find cheapest bulky waste collector in Eastbourne

By far the simplest way to find the cheapest licensed man & van waste collector for your rubbish in Eastbourne is to use the LoveJunk waste removal and junk reuse marketplace. Just tap the green button below. LoveJunk guarantees all collectors are properly licensed and insured and provide full details of where your waste ends up and how much avoids going landfill. That is why LoveJunk is recommended so widely by London councils.



4. Example Eastbourne man & van bulky waste collection prices

2 seater sofa, £30

Fridge freezer, £40

Carpet and underlay, £40

8 cardboard boxes, £30

Mixed junk, £30

Dismantled bed parts, £20

5. 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: https://new.eastsussex.gov.uk/parking/permits/dispensations-and-suspensions


6. 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
  • Rules: be considerate of local residents by keeping noise and disturbance to a minimum and not blocking driveways



7. Rubbish statistics for Eastbourne

In 2021, there were only 919 reported instances of fly-tipping in Eastbourne. That figure equates to 9 fly-tips per 1000 residents and 2 fly-tips per 100 households, based on a population of 103,324 and 45,300 households respectively. Nice work, Eastbourne! To see how Eastbourne compares to other councils in London and the rest of the country, read our analysis of Fly-tipping in England and Fly-tipping in London.    


the eastbourne pier at sunset


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