10 June 2021

Rubbish Removal and Waste Clearance For Free

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Fridge freezer collection, washing machine removal, cooking appliance pick up and mattress removals are some of the most difficult waste collections to organise. Whereas some free services are available for some of these items, they are not all available in all areas and often involve customers doing a portion of the work themselves. However, Clearabee are the largest waste clearance company in the UK, so can not only offer you advice on how to get rid of these items, but then also how Clearabee can provide a cost-effective and convenient service to clear bulky items, furniture and WEEE items.

With convenience in mind, follow this link if you want to jump straight ahead and book your waste collection, or contact Clearabee and we’ll give you a buzz back. Otherwise, let’s take a look at how you may be able to have many of these items collected for free.

Fridge Freezer, Washing Machine and Oven Collection for Free

If you’re looking for fridge freezer collection for free, then unfortunately, you’ll most likely find a unreputable solution. However, some local councils do offer a kerbside collection for their residents for selected items and you should consult your local council’s website for further information. Some may operate with a small charge included, and most only collect on a schedule, so you may need to time removing your appliances or have them sitting around for a few days.

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One exception is if you’re a resident of the North London boroughs of Islington, Camden, Waltham Forest, Barnett or Enfield. In these instances, Clearabee can remove a whole host of bulky items from outside of your property for free. We can remove the following WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) items:



For any other locations across the UK, Clearabee provide an on-demand waste clearance and bulky item collection service, meaning we can attend your property and do all the heavy lifting for you. You won’t even need to take your items to the kerb as our waste operatives can remove items from inside, outside, upstairs or downstairs as long as it safe to do so.

Clearabee can attend your property for a flat call-out fee of £59.99, with a charge of £25 for a flexible load removal of up to a cubic yard of waste. For further pricing, check out our handy waste calculator tool.

Due to the hazardous nature of the coolant components present, an additional cost of £30.00 will be applied to remove a fridge. Fluorescent lighting tubes will cost an additional £5, whilst TVs and monitors will cost an additional £15.00. These charges are to compensate for the additional cost to responsibly dispose of these items without damage to the environment.


Disposal of Washing Machine for Free

Some UK residents have scrap metal collectors (sometimes referred to as “tatters”) operating in their area who will pick up unwanted items from the side of the road if left out so, in essence, offer free washing machine collections. Whereas it is illegal to sell scrap metal for cash, the free collection of items such as washing machines, ovens and fridge freezers does not necessarily represent a responsible removal.

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With a registered waste carrier such as Clearabee, you will receive a Waste Transfer Note which will act as proof that your waste has been removed in line with waste regulations and compliance. The Waste Transfer Note describes what has been removed from your property, which vehicle was used to remove it, which local Waste Transfer Station is its destination and how much of it has been diverted from landfill.

This note forms part of your Duty of Care and demonstrates your due diligence. It also ensures that you cannot be held liable for any instances of fly tipping that results from items being collected from the inside of your property.

Clearabee can responsibly take care of your washing machine collection for the price of £84.99, which would leave you with approximately another 0.5 cubic yards of waste for getting rid of any other small items that also need to go.


Free Oven Collection

If you’re looking for free oven collection, then you’re in a similar situation to if you’re getting rid of a washing machine. If you’re removing the appliance yourself, then you’ll need to find a way to responsibly remove and dispose of it. If you’ve ever searched online for “appliance removal near me”, then you will have no doubt been presented with a lot of local clearance companies, all of whom you’ve never heard, leaving you with no idea whether they’re reputable or not.

Clearabee, however, are the UK’s largest clearance company with over 120 unique locations all around the country. Which means that no matter where you are in the country, we’ll be able to provide appliance pick up near you, very often on the same day as your order. Our ‘Man and Van’ service can remove 1 cubic yard of waste (the average size of a domestic oven) for £84.99, from inside or outside of your property, as long as it has already been uninstalled.


However, if you’re having a new appliance installed then it is the responsibility of the installer or contractor to remove the waste, whether that’s the old oven, boiler or washing machine as well as any packaging or waste that’s been produced as a result. Follow this link to find out more about who’s responsible for removing renovation rubbish.


Old Mattress Disposal for Free

Mattresses are notoriously difficult to responsibly dispose of, which is why they’re one of most commonly fly-tipped waste items. Mattresses are also expensive to recycle due to the fact that they have to be picked apart by hand to separate the fabric, metal and foam components.

However, if you’re looking for old mattress disposal for free, then a local charity might be able to collect it from you, although there are usually a number of conditions in place. Charities will only accept your old mattress if it’s in a re-sellable condition with the fire safety label attached. Some may request a small donation for the collection, others may have a waiting list of up to two weeks and most will require you to remove the mattress from your property yourself.

Clearabee’s nationwide location pages list several local charities for each area who may be able to collect your mattress from you, but be sure to check their website for restrictions first, just in case. If you don’t want to have a mattress lying around for a day or so, Clearabee’s ‘Man and Van’ service offers a far more convenient service.

If you book before 1pm, we can usually attend your property on the very same day. We can responsibly remove your old mattress from inside or outside of your property and our trained waste operatives will do all of the heavy lifting for you. We also divert from landfill at least 95% of all that we collect so you can be sure that you’re doing your part to keep your planet tidy as well as your property. Follow this link to find out more about Clearabee’s environmental credentials.


If you’ve already booked a ‘Man and Van’ rubbish removal from Clearabee then an additional charge of £15 will be added to your order to cover the cost of responsible disposal.


Old Sofa Removal

The same can be said for sofas. They’re difficult to dispose of by yourself unless you have a van and another pair of hands. If it’s time to replace your front room furniture, then check out our blog that looks at old sofa removal for free.

But again, the far more convenient option for old sofa removal is via Clearabee’s sofa removal service. With armchair collection prices set at £79.99 and going all the way up to a 4-seater or corner sofa collection for £109.99, you can get rid of your old sofa rapidly and responsibly.

While our fridge freezer, washing machine, oven and mattress collections might not be free, they’re certainly hassle-free. Follow this link to get your quote for rubbish removal or waste clearance or contact Clearabee and let us take care of the rest for you.


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All prices featured in this article are correct at the time of publishing.

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