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How to dispose of rubbish in Milton Keynes

14 September 2022

5 ways to dispose of rubbish & bulky waste in Milton Keynes

Welcome to the ultimate how to dispose of rubbish in Milton Keynes guide. It covers all the ways you can dispose of or donate your bulky waste, which is anything too big for your regular wheelie bins. The key sections in this article are: 

  1. Reuse options 
  2. Milton Keynes Council bulky waste collection service
  3. Using a Man & van waste collector, including finding a good one, examples and prices 
  4. Skip hire in Milton Keynes, including skip hire providers, prices and permit fees
  5. Recycling centres  


1. Reuse options in Milton Keynes

Are any of your items still usable and in genuinely good condition? Instead of throwing them away, you could donate them for reuse. It's great for the environment and normally free or at least very cheap to do so.

Below are a few of the more popular reuse charities and social enterprises in Milton Keynes area that take second hand furniture. However, for detailed advice and information about all the reuse opitons in the area, check our Guide to Freecyle & Reuse in Milton Keynes.

Reuse organisations in Milton Keynes

Organisation name Address
Re-Use Community Project 16 Burners Ln, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes MK11 3HB.
Willen Hospice Olney Shop 31 Market Place, Olney, MK46 4AJ
Keech Hospice Care Newport Pagnell Furniture Store 87 High Street, Newport Pagnall, MK16 8AB


Note: fire labels must be attached in order to donate upholstered furniture to charity. Don't worry if you don't find any! Check out Furniture Removal Milton Keynes.



2. Council Bulky waste collection service 

Milton Keynes council offers a rubbish removal service for bulky items. This includes items like household furniture, carpets and household appliances. Be aware that the council does not collect or remove hazardous waste, car batteries, tyres, sheets of glass, or commercial waste. 


Cost of the council collection service

The council charges items with a points-based system, with larger items having higher points values. The more points, the more expensive the rubbish removal. As an example, items such as a fridge, sofa or mattress cost £20 per item to collect individually. But for up to 3 such items collected together, the cost is £40. Rubble collection is £120.

However, for an exact quote on your items, you will need to contact the council. After a price is confirmed, you have up to 21 days to book your waste removal at the quoted price. Here are the Milton Keynes council customer service contact details:

Telephone: 01908 252570

Email: [email protected] 


Other Information 

  • Response time: Collections are made on the first waste and recycling collection day after a 48-hour processing period. 
  • Concessions: None available
  • Website: For more details visit the Milton Keynes council website here.  

Overcharging: There are some stories about Milton Keynes council overcharging for certain items, such as fence panels, leaving local residents shocked with the price. To find more reasonable prices, we recommend reading on about Man & Van Collectors. 


3. Licensed man & van waste collectors

Another solution for rubbish removal in Milton Keynes is to use a licenced man & van rubbish collector. You might consider using a man & van collector for the following reasons:

  1. Speed - a private collector can respond much faster than the council. 
  2. Labour - private collectors will collect waste from both in and outside the home. Milton Keynes council will strictly only pick up waste that is already outside, which may be a problem if you can't lift it yourself.
  3. Type of waste - private waste collectors take all types of rubbish, including garden waste, builders waste, and commercial rubbish.

Always check that any waste collector you hire is licensed with the Environment Agency and has public liability insurance. If not, you run the risk of giving your waste to a cowboy operator who will fly tip the rubbish and pocket the cash. But don't worry, this is very avoidable!


Cheapest licensed bulky waste collector in Milton Keynes

Find a local, fully licensed and insured waste removal business using the LoveJunk waste removal & reuse marketplace. You just take a few photos of the junk you wish to dispose of and waste collectors give quotes to take it away. Quotes are free and no obligation, and LoveJunk is widely recommended by councils. The cheaper, faster and greener way to dispose of rubbish, and no fly tipping guaranteed!



Examples of man & van rubbish removal prices in Milton Keynes

The cost of a private man & van collection depends on the type and amount of waste, and when you need it removed. LoveJunk's rubbish removal prices tool shows the latest jobs around the country where you can filter by waste type. Below are some examples of rubbish removal jobs that happened in Milton Keynes.


3 seater sofa, £75

2 toilets & bin bag, £60

Picnic table, £50

Dismantled wardrobe, £75

Dismantled bed, £55

Double mattress, £60


4. Skip hire Milton Keynes

Skips are another option for clearing your bulky waste. They’re helpful if you have lots of messy waste but, unlike man & van collection, you have to load the skip yourself and the price is fixed no matter how full it is. Skip hire also tends to be significantly more expensive than a man & van collector because of additional permits and license fees. Take a look at our Ultimate Guide to Skip Hire for more detail.


Milton Keynes skip hire companies

It’s a good idea to use a local licensed skip hire company. Below are some of the main skip hire companies operating in Milton Keynes. 

Organisation name Telephone
Smith Recycling (Milton Keynes) Limited 01908 394231
J E GOODMAN LTD 01908 373187
Rapid Skip Hire Milton Keynes 01908 753054
Milton Keynes Skip Hire 01908 104599


Skip hire prices in Milton Keynes

These are typical skip hire prices (including VAT) for a mixed general waste skip in Milton Keynes. Prices reflect a hire period of 14 days but do not include the cost of a skip permit or a parking bay suspension. 

Builder skip: 6 - 8 cubic yard skip @ £235 - £260

Maxi skip: 10 - 12 cubic yard skip @ £370


Skip Permits and Bay Suspensions

To place a skip on the road (as opposed to in your drive, for example) you will need a skip permit license and (if you live in one) a controlled parking zone suspension. Take a look at our Guide to Skip Permits and Bay Suspensions for more information regarding skip permits.

Skip License Milton Keynes: £56 (for 7 days)

CPZ Bay Suspension in Milton Keynes: £15 per day

You can find more information on skip permits in Milton Keynes on the council website here.


5. Milton Keynes Recycling centres 

In Milton Keynes, there are 3 council recycling centres where you can dispose of most items for free. The council tip is only available to residents. For complete information, including opening hours, rules and booking information, check out our Milton Keynes recycling centre guide


A map of Milton Keynes tips

milton keynes recycling centres map



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