Bulky Waste Collection

UPDATE - Last updated: 21.02.23 12:00

Due to Environment Agency guidance, we can no longer dispose of upholstered domestic seating items in landfill as these may contain Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). From now on these items must be collected separately and incinerated.

Affected items include any upholstered seating or any item of soft furnished seating from any household or business that includes any part made of, or containing leather, synthetic leather, soft furnishing, fabric or foam.

If you need to book a bulky waste collection that includes affected items (please refer to the checklist on this page), you will need to book separate collections; one for normal items and one for affected items.

Please see further information and guidance.


Items that can be collected

For costs and bookings please see Request a Collection.

  • Audio equipment
  • BBQs (not fitted)
  • Beds/mattresses
  • Bedside tables
  • Bicycle (pedal bicycles only) Alternative: Donate to charity
  • Carpet/rugs
  • Wooden chairs
  • China/pottery
  • Computer
  • Cupboards (not fitted)
  • Drawers
  • Electrical Appliances
  • Fence panel – wooden only
  • Fence posts - wooden only
  • Garden furniture
  • Internal Doors
  • Ironing board
  • Kitchen units and fittings (flattened)
  • Ladders
  • Sideboards
  • Tables
  • TVs
  • Wardrobe (not fitted)
  • Washing Lines
  • White goods (e.g. cookers, fridges, freezers, tumble driers, washing machines)

Examples of Items containing POP*

  • Armchairs
  • Bean bags
  • Floor and sofa cushions
  • Futons
  • Home office chairs
  • Kitchen/ dining room chairs
  • Sofas
  • Sofa beds
  • Stools and foot stools

*POPs include pesticides such as dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), industrial chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls and terphenyls (PCBs/PCTs), and unintentional by-products of industrial processes, for example dioxins and furans.

Separate collection required. Collections take place on Tuesday's only.


Items not accepted

  • Asbestos
  • Bathroom fittings
  • Boilers/radiators/fires (fitted)
  • Car parts and batteries
  • Concrete/rubble
  • Construction materials
  • Doors (apart from internal)
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Garage doors
  • Greenhouses
  • Hardcore
  • House/garage/garden clearances
  • Kitchen units and fittings
  • Mirrors
  • Oil and oil drums/tanks
  • Paint
  • Patio doors
  • Petrol garden machinery
  • Pianos (call reuse organisation)
  • Pond items
  • Sheds
  • Soil
  • Sunbeds
  • Windows/glass panes
  • Wood

Request a Collection

Bulky waste collection charges are as follows:

a. Items containing POP - Minimum charge of £44.55 for up to 3 items, each additional item is £6.88 (with a maximum of 10 items). More than 10 items by negotiation. Collections Tuesday only.

b. Any other bulky waste - Minimum charge of £44.55 for up to 3 items, each additional item is £6.88 (with a maximum of 10 items). More than 10 items by negotiation. Collections Monday only.


Not a bulky waste item?

Items that Castle Point Borough Council will not take via the Bulky Waste collection should either be taken to the Recycling Centre for Household Waste or please contact a local skip/house clearance provider.  Only use registered waste carriers.  You could be prosecuted and fined up to £5,000 if you don’t.  

Find and check registered waste carriers or call the Environment Agency hotline 03708 506 506.


Too good to throw away!

Too good to throw away?

Some items are just too good to not be reused by someone. Before contacting the council why not consider donating your items to an organisation where they can be reused by someone in need. It’s quick, easy and free to pass on your items and some items can even be collected for free.  Everything from that sofa, bicycle or some electrical items.



Freegle is an online platform that helps people give and get items for free in their local community! It’s a great way to support your local community and save items from being thrown away . The types of items you can give and get on Freegle ranges from furniture, clothing and children’s toys to soil, rubble or even pre-loved garden ornaments. You can pass almost anything on using Freegle!

It’s easy and free to join Freegle – join your local Freegle group today.



Hopeworx is a local Rayleigh based charity that collects donations of all furniture and electrical appliances free of charge with the aim of providing help to those who find themselves in crisis and in need of such furniture. All appliances are tested and where necessary repaired to make them fit for use. The warehouse at 33 Brook Road, Rayleigh SS6 7XJ is open to the general public to come along, browse and buy.


01268 743232.


If you can't donate

We provide a bulky waste collection service for household items e.g. tables, chairs, beds etc., we do not collect fixtures or fittings.  See the table below for a list of items that we can or cannot take.


Follow the SCRAP code

Suspect: Be suspicious of cold callers / rogue traders

Check: Ask for their waste carrier registration details

Refuse: Always refuse cold callers offering to take your rubbish

Ask questions: Ask what is going to happen to your waste

Paperwork: Ask for a waste transfer note