Council large item collection prices 2023
Comparison of bulky waste collection prices charged by councils in 2023
Curious to see how council large item collection prices for householders compare across England in 2023? We’ve researched each council’s prices to find out those offering the best value, the most expensive and also the ones not offering a service at all. What does your council’s service look like? How do they rank? The article covers the following key sections:
- Average price for a council large item collection
- Council collection prices ranked by region
- 10 most expensive council bulky item collection services
- Cheapest councils
- Free council collection service
- Councils that don’t offer any service
- Complete list of bulky waste collection charges in England by council
- Prices for collections of multiple items
NOTE: Councils charge for large item collections in different ways. Some charge per item and some charge a flat fee for up to a certain number of items. We compare how much councils charge for a single standard item (namely, a two-seater sofa). We cover combination collection charges at the end of this article.
Note that due to the recent implementation of the POP regulations that require upholstered seating to be disposed of in a certain way, many councils are reviewing their charges for sofa collections. As a result, please note that the rates shown below are subject to change.
£31 is average price for a large item collection
Reviewing large item collection charges by councils across England in 2023 we found the average price charged for 1 item is £31.
The most expensive council is Runnymede that charges £75. At the other end of the scale, there are eighteen councils that offer the service for free (see below). Most councils charge within the £20 – £40 price range.
Below is a chart that shows how the price varies across councils.
Chart of council bulky waste collection prices 2023
Prices by region
Here is a table of the average prices of a council large item collection by region. We’ve organised in ascending order of average price, with the North East being the cheapest region and the South East being the most expensive.
|Region||Average price £|
|Yorkshire and The Humber||29|
10 most expensive councils for bulky waste collection
Here are the 10 most expensive councils in England. Unfortunately, if you live in any of these areas you’ll be paying quite a lot for council large item collection! The most expensive council is Runnymede in Surrey which charges £75 to collect 1 item.
|Richmond upon Thames||London||71|
|South Somerset||South West||69|
|North Somerset||South West||69|
|Somerset West & Taunton||South West||69|
|Tonbridge and Malling||South East||65|
10 cheapest councils for bulky waste collection
At the other end of the scale are the councils offering the lowest price. Kirklees and Gateshead will collect 1 item for under £10.
|Kirklees||Yorkshire and The Humber||6|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||North East||10|
|North Tyneside||North East||10|
Councils offering Free large item collection
Even better than a cheap service is a free one! People living in any of the councils below are fortunate to have a council that collects multiple large items completely free of charge. There are 18 councils in total that don’t charge to collect a single bulky household item.
|Kingston upon Hull||Yorkshire and The Humber|
|Leeds||Yorkshire and The Humber|
|North Lincolnshire||Yorkshire and The Humber|
Councils that do not offer a bulky item collection service
For various reasons, these councils don’t offer any sort of bulky waste collection service. If you live in any of these areas, you will need to find an alternative way to have your bulky waste items collected.
|Isles of Scilly||South West|
Complete list of bulky waste collection charges in England
This list is every council’s charge for a single item collection in alphabetical order.
Source: LoveJunk, March 2023.
Council charges to collect a combination of items
For completeness, here is some information about council collections of a combination of items.
We class a ‘combination collection’ as 3 items: namely, a sofa, a fridge and a mattress. The most expensive councils for a combination collection are Fareham and Three Rivers in (both in Hampshire), which both charge £110.
Combination collection conditions
- Sofas – Due to the POP legislation mentioned at the beginning of the article, some councils are collecting upholstered items separately. Whether they charge for the extra collection varies by council.
- Fridges – Charges for fridges tend to vary from council to council. Some class them as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and collect separately.
- Mattresses – Mattresses are usually a fairly easy item to price and don’t require any special collections.
- Free Bulky Waste Collection – How to Save Money on Bulky Waste Collection which also has links to regional guides.
- Council Bulky Waste Collection – 5 things to know about the latest statistics