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Bulky waste

The bulky waste collection service is for items which cannot be recycled or disposed of in your household collection or communal bins.

This includes items of furniture and household appliances, but we are unable to offer house clearances or collect from commercial properties.

Free alternatives to this service

Freecycle and Freegle host local communities where you can find someone who wants to reuse or recycle your old items for free. East Sussex County Council has an extensive list of local furniture collection and recycling schemes.

If your items cannot be reused, and you can transport them, you can dispose of them at your local Household Waste Recycling Site (please note that there are charges for certain types of waste).

is Bulky waste collections for Lewes district are paused during May

We are pausing Lewes district's bulky waste service while we review aspects of the service. Bulky waste collections will resume as normal on Thursday 6 June and Friday 7 June.

While the service is paused you can still recycle your bulky waste items through Freecycle or Freegle, and you can still take items to your local household waste recycling site. If you choose to use a private waste company, remember  to check that they are licensed as a waste carrier. You have a legal duty to ensure that your waste is properly disposed of, and if you use an unlicensed waste carrier you could be committing an offence. You can check whether a waste company is licensed on the the Environment Agency's public register of waste carriers, brokers, and dealers

This chargeable service is for the collection and disposal of furnitureelectrical applianceswhite goodsbicyclesrugsgarden furniture and other household items. We cannot collect any of the following:

  • asbestos, plasterboard, rubble, hardcore or soil
  • carpets or underlay
  • kitchen or bathroom units or large fixtures
  • gas bottles or fire extinguishers
  • tyres, car parts or car batteries
  • parts of fences, sheds or decking

Any items we're unable to take can be disposed of at your local household waste recycling site (tip). Please check directly with the tip to make sure they can dispose of any hazardous material. 

Collection Schedule

Bulky waste collections are on a Thursday and Friday every fortnight.

On the Thursdays we collect in the South of the district:

  • All coastal towns: Seaford, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Telscombe Cliffs and Saltdean
  • Rural areas: South Heighton, South Ease, Firle, Piddinghoe, Rodmell, Iford and Kingston

On the Fridays we collect in the North of the district:

  • Lewes, Ringmer, Glynde, Barcombe, Wivelsfield Green, Newick, North and South Chailey, Falmer, Ditchling, Plumpton, Streat, Westmeston, Hamsey, Offham

Collection charges

Please note that fridges and freezers are charged for separately and cannot be included as part of the 1 to 5 items or 6 to 10 items charge.  This is because they have to be disposed of specially.

Domestic bulky waste collection charges
Bulky waste for collection Charge
1 to 5 items  £55
6 to 10 items £85
1 fridge £40
1 freezer £40
1 combined fridge/freezer unit £40

All items must be easily accessible at the front of your property.  We cannot collect from inside your property, garage or from the rear of the property.

We reserve the right not to collect and to re-quote for the collection. This may happen if the items are not as described. You do not have to go ahead with a re-quote - in which case we will refund your money. Any quote you receive will be valid for 30 days, after which we will remove it from our records.

Arrange a bulky waste collection

Please be aware that there are no bulky waste collections during May, the next bulky waste collections will be Thursday 6 June and Friday 7 June. To book a collection for your bulky waste please contact the Customer First team on 01273 471600.

Arrange a bulky waste collection

To arrange a bulky waste collection please contact our Customer First team on 01323 410000. The minimum charge for bulky waste collections is £50 for up to three items. Additional items are £10 per item.

Some residents are eligible for a free collection. To be eligible for up to two free collections per year, with a maximum of three items per collection, you must be in receipt of the state pension and/or registered disabled. You may need to provide proof of this on collection.

Materials we can't collect:

  • garden waste   
  • asbestos
  • builders' rubble
  • soil
  • flammable materials
  • tyres
Any items we're unable to take can be disposed of at your local household waste recycling site (tip). Please check directly with the tip to make sure they can dispose of any hazardous material. 

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