Bulky waste refers to items which are too large or heavy to be
collected in your regular kerbside collection. Bulky waste
can include such items as discarded furniture, large
appliances and plumbing fixtures.
Have you got bulky waste to dispose of? The collection
operative will not remove bulky items with your rubbish or
recycling bins. Read the options below to find out what to do with
your old item(s):
1 - Donate for Reuse - For bulky
waste which is in good enough condition for reuse.
2 – Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC)
- For when it can't be reused.
3 – Bulky Waste Collection - For
bulky waste unable to be taken to the HWRC.
Please note we will not take away bulky waste which has been
left out with your rubbish or recycling bins.
If you are a landlord, letting agent or tenant of a rental
download the guide for waste from rental
properties. (41.3kb pdf)
Option 1 – Donate for Reuse
Good quality furniture or electrical appliances that you no
longer need can be donated to one of Bedford Borough’s reuse
organisations. Some reuse organisations collect bulky
items from your property and will also accept electrical equipment
and appliances. Contact
details for refuse organisations (9.45 kb pdf)
For more information please visit our Reduce and Reuse
Option 2 – Household Waste Recycling Centre
Take furniture, white goods and other electrical appliances
not suitable for reuse to Bedford’s HWRC at Barker’s Lane. Other
items such as small electrical appliances (e.g. toasters, kettles,
irons), DIY waste and green garden waste are also accepted for
Go to our Household Waste Recycling Centre page for more
Option 3 – Bulky Waste
Bedford Borough Council operates a special service for the
collection of bulky household waste items, such as furniture and
white goods, which are not suitable for reuse. There is a £34.30
charge made for each bulky waste collection, of up to 5
items. However, if you receive Council Tax and/or Housing benefits,
you may be entitled to a 50% reduction in the cost
of a bulky waste collection. For a collection of 6 to 12 items of
bulky waste there is a charge of £53.30. Please be aware that
there is a non-refundable administration fee charged if you cancel
the collection once payment has been made.
- Items must be ready for collection within 5 working days of
your payment being processed.
- Bookings cannot be made more than 5 days in advance.
- Items which are in good working order and have a fire label may
be taken for reuse.
The Council also operates a collection of non-standard bulky
waste from domestic properties which requires a visit from a
Council Officer who will provide a quote for its collection.
A list of items that can be collected using the bulky
waste collection services can be downloaded here.
In addition, residents in rural areas benefit from a free yearly
rural bulky waste service. Go to our Rural Bulky Waste page to find out more
about this service.
How do I arrange a collection?
You can arrange a bulky waste collection by calling Customer
Services on 01234 718060 and paying by
credit/debit card. Please make sure you have a list of the items
you require collecting before you call.
Alternatively, you can complete our bulky waste request form and
post it to us along with a cheque. You can get a form by
either printing a copy of the form for the collection of 1 to 5
items or 6 to 12
items, or visit the Customer Services Centre in Bedford.
Cheques should be made payable to Bedford Borough Council and
the collection will be arranged once funds have cleared.