Bulky waste collections

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Bradford Council provides a bulky waste collection service for domestic properties in the District.

There is a charge for this service. You can request as many collections as you need throughout the year. We will tell you when your waste will be collected when you book and pay for your collection.

Before you decide, did you know that you can reuse, donate or sell your old furniture or dispose of items safely using your local Household Waste Recycling Centre?

Please try to recycle items where possible

Items that will be collected for a charge:

(each entry in this list counts as one item)

  • Arm chair
  • Bed base
  • Bedside table
  • Bicycle
  • Bookcase
  • Carpet (rolled, up to 4ft length)
  • Chair
  • Chest of drawers
  • Desk
  • Dining chairs (up to 8)
  • Dining table
  • Display cabinet
  • Double bed mattress
  • Double bed base
  • Dressing table
  • Filing cabinet
  • Garden Waste - 1 bag (can be lifted to chest height)
  • Garden Waste - 1 bundle (max 4 ft / 1.2m length can be lifted to chest height)
  • Garden furniture
  • Lino (rolled, up to 4ft length)
  • Single bed
  • Sideboard
  • Settee (sofa)
  • Table
  • Wardrobe
  • Welsh dresser

Items we will not collect:

  • Asbestos
  • Bathroom suites (full or part)
  • Builders waste / DIY waste
  • Car parts/tyres
  • Cast iron boilers
  • Chemicals
  • Fitted bedroom suites
  • Fitted kitchen units
  • Gas containers
  • Hazardous materials
  • Industrial containers
  • Industrial packaging
  • Mirrors
  • Radiators
  • Rubble, stone, soil, brick
  • Windows or doors
  • Loose waste or bags or boxes of waste


There is a charge for everything we collect, including electrical items.

Number of items Charge
Up to 5 items £15
6-10 items £20
11-15 items £25
16-20 items £30
21-25 items £35

Electrical items

We work with a specialist recycling contractor (Waste Care) who collect and dispose of unwanted electrical items (domestic household items only). Where possible they will try to re-use, repair or recycle electrical items.

There will be a charge of £5 per visit.

They will only collect a maximum of two large appliances (such as a fridge freezer or washing machine) per visit to the property, you may put smaller electrical goods (microwaves, vacuum cleaners, etc) with the larger items.

Large electrical items should be placed at the front of the premises at ground floor level with clear access before 7am on the day of collection. They will not collect appliances from inside the property or where there are steps or stairs to climb.

Leaving out your waste

Once you have booked your bulky waste collection and been told when your collection date is, please ensure that:

  • all items are kept in a safe and accessible place ensuring that they are dry and in a reasonable condition
  • soft furnishings, such as sofas and mattresses, are covered to protect them from the weather
  • all items are made safe by securely taping up doors and loose wires, and the item is emptied
  • gates are unlocked and access to the items is clear

Please note that collection staff will not enter homes, sheds, garages and outbuildings.

Contact us

To make a payment and arrange for a bulky waste collection or electrical collection please fill in our bulky waste collection online form or call 01274 431000.

We will tell you the date your waste will be collected when you book and pay for your collection.

Frequently asked questions

How do I pay?

You can pay online through our secure payment system or by debit or credit card if you book a collection by telephone.

Collections will not take place until payment has been received.

Can I pay on the day?

No, our crews are not able to take payment on the day. Payments must be made in advance of the collection.

I pay my Council Tax, why do I have to pay for this service?

The collection of domestic waste is governed by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Controlled Waste regulations 1992. Under regulation 4 of the Controlled Waste Regulations, the Council can charge for the collection of certain materials which include:

  1. Any article of waste which exceeds 25 kilograms in weight.
  2. Any article of waste which does not fit, or cannot be fitted into:
    1. a receptacle for household waste provided in accordance with section 46; or
    2. where no such receptacle is provided, a cylindrical container 750 millimetres in diameter and 1 metre in length.

Where will my money be going?

The Council will not make any profit from the charges – all the money received will go to fund the service being provided.

Will the cost be more for bigger items?

No – the charge is the same for any item.

How many items will you take for the minimum charge?

Up to 5 items will be collected for £15.

Am I charged per item?

No, not per item, but there is a scale of charges (see above).

Do I have to pay every time I use the service?

Yes. You will be charged according to the number of items you want collecting and can use the service as many times a year as you wish.

Will there be an additional charge if I have more items to be collected on the day?

The crew can only take items listed for collection on the day. Any extra items will not be taken. If you have extra items, please contact us at least 2 days before the collection day to add them.

What day and time will my items be collected?

Both collection services operate on a postcode basis. Your collection date depends on your post code.

Bulky items are collected Tuesday to Friday 6am to 5pm.

Electrical items are collected Monday to Friday 6am to 5pm

Can I request a refund?

In the event you wish to cancel your collection, confirmation of this must be made by telephone 2 days before the scheduled collection date for a refund to be made.

Is the charge refundable if the items are not collected?

If the reason for non-collection is because the Council does not attend, for example, due to bad weather conditions, we will attempt to collect the items the following collection day for your postcode. However, if you wish to cancel in such cases a refund can be given.

If we attend the address and the items:

  • are not presented at all
  • are presented in such a way that means we cannot safely collect them
  • the property is secured and we cannot gain access

then no refund will be possible.

What is fly tipping?

Fly tipping is where people illegally dump waste onto the highways, footpaths or land. Fly tipping is a crime and offenders can be fined up to £50,000 upon prosecution.

If you see anyone dumping waste please note as many details as possible and call 01274 434366 or report it online straight away.

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