4 March 2021

Free Bulky Waste Collection Options

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Some of the most common examples of bulky waste include wardrobes, desks and furniture like armchairs. Bulky waste is defined by if cumbersome size and potential difficulty when it comes to getting rid of it. Unlike a lot of general waste, getting rid of bulky waste will typically require a cost but there are some free bulky waste collection options.

Although these free options exist, they are often not the most convenient and have multiple conditions. At Clearabee we pride ourselves on being able to offer convenient rubbish removal solutions so you can get rid of your waste with the smallest amount of time and effort.

Giving Away Your Bulky Items


Bulky items like furniture are often expensive when initially purchased so they tend to retain a lot of their value and usefulness even once used for years. Flats and houses around the country are purely furnished by ‘hand-me-downs’ and secondhand items. With this in mind if you’re looking at purchasing a new sofa it’s probably worth enquiring with your friends and family if anyone would like your old one.

Problems quickly arise when your run out of potential candidates on whom you can offload your old furniture onto. This can lead you quickly back to square one of having a bulky item you need to get rid of.

Free Bulky Waste Collection: Donate to Charity

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There are plenty of charities like The British Heart Foundation that can accept bulky items as donations. Although this sounds like an answer to all your bulky waste collection woes, there are a few conditions. For a charity to accept your furniture it must be in a very good condition so that it can be easily sold. Items like chairs and sofas will also require their fire label attached to ensure they have passed safety regulations. If your furniture or bulky items like wardrobes are not very modern or not in fashion they may be turned down as they will be very difficult to sell and take up room in a showroom. Other difficulties include actually getting your items to a charity store.

Taking Your Bulky Waste to the Tip


Another potentially free option to getting rid of your bulky waste is via your local recycling centre and tips. Like all of the free options, there are a couple of potential inconveniences. If you are intending on taking your bulky waste to the tip be sure to do some quick research to ensure they can accept your items. More problems occur with the logistics of actually getting your items to the tip. Most cars will only be able to fit one bulky item in, and you may even struggle with one item in a smaller car. If you have a large item or waste in bigger quantities this could lead you to hire a van. A van hire period of a single day can easily cost between £50-£100. Then there is the fact that you will not be able to take a van to a tip without acquiring a special permit prior which tends to cost around £10. This quickly turns a quick job into something you’ll have to pay for, orginise and do all the heavy lifting on your own.

Council Free Bulky Waste Collection

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Council free bulky waste collections do exist but they are becoming increasingly rare. A quick search of local council sites will produce collection services that you have to pay for. Some councils will provide free collection for certain members of the public. For example, Sandwell Council in Birmingham are able to perform a bulky item collection to a household’s home to someone over 60, once per year. For most people, this collection service is one you have to pay for. Again, in the case of Sandwell, there are a few conditions to this paid service that can inconvenience you further. These include leaving your items out at 6:45 am, ensure they don’t get wet from the rain and having restrictions on dimensions.

Bulky Waste Collections With Clearabee

As we have seen, there are free bulky waste collection options that you can use to get rid of your bulky waste but they all tend to have conditions that can you leave you stuck with your waste or having to pay for a not so convenient service. On the other hand, we are able to provide a quick service which you can use to get rid of your waste on a same-day basis.

Our ‘Man and Van’ service starts at £84.99 with our flexible load which will collect a cubic yard worth of waste. To help you visualise that, a cubic yard is equivalent to about 2 washing machines. We also have a furniture collection service if you’re specifically looking to get rid of items like sofas and armchairs. There’s an initial call-out charge of £59.99 and then you can add additional items like an armchair for £20 and a 2-seater sofa for £30. These prices are up to date as of February 2021 so be sure to check our site our ask for a quote.

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What’s more, is that we are able to recycle 95% of the waste we collect. With this in mind you can rest assured that your bulky waste will be handled responsibly and as sustainably as possible.


If you’ve explored these free options and would prefer something that would see your rubbish taken away quickly and without you having to do any of the work, A Clearabee collection will be the option for you.

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