Renfrewshire Council

Bulky waste collection from your home

How to book a bulky waste collection, how much it costs, guidelines for specific items.

If you live in Renfrewshire and have items that are too big to fit in your bins, you can arrange for us to collect them from your home.

You can also drop off items at one of our household waste recycling centres for free.

If your items are in good condition, you can donate them for reuse. Furniture will need to have fire safety labels still attached. Find out where you can donate items on the Zero Waste Scotland reuse tool.


How much it costs

Renfrewshire Council tenants get two free bulky waste collections per year. You'll need your rent reference number while booking.

Otherwise, the cost depends on how many and what type of items you have:

  • 1 to 20 general items: £37.15
  • White goods: £37.15 per item
  • Upholstered furniture: £45 per item
  • Ground clearances: starting at £88

'Ground clearances' refers to when you have a collection of more than 20 items. The starting cost is £88, but this depends on how many items you have and what they are. We'll discuss this with you.

We will not process any refunds once we receive your payment. Follow the bulky waste collection guidelines below to ensure we can collect your items.


How to book a bulky waste collection

We'll collect up to 20 general items, as well as large white goods (such as refrigerators and washing machines) from your home. You must make a separate request for any upholstered items.

When booking your bulky waste collection, you'll need to list every item you'd like us to collect. We will not collect any items that aren't listed.

Book a collection

Request a bulky waste collection (no upholstered items) - for general items, white goods and ground clearances.

Request a bulky waste collection of upholstered items.


Upholstered items

Many upholstered seating items are coated with chemicals called persistent organic pollutants (or POPs) to slow down the spread of fire. By keeping upholstered seating separate from other waste items, we can avoid contaminating the recycling process.

Upholstered items include:

  • sofas and sofa cushions
  • sofa beds
  • armchairs
  • kitchen and dining room chairs
  • stools and foot stools
  • home office chairs
  • futons, bean bags and floor cushions
  • electrical recliner chairs.

You'll need to place all items in a single location outside your home.

Once we've received your booking, we'll collect your items as soon as possible within 2 weeks.


Guidelines for specific items

  • Any bags of material, such as garden waste or rubble, should be light enough for one person to carry.
  • Carpets and similar items should be cut to 4 feet in length or shorter and, if possible, covered with plastic so they do not become saturated with water. They should be light enough for one person to carry.
  • Trees and branches should be cut to 4 feet in length or shorter, bundled, and tied together. They should be light enough for one person to carry.
  • Refrigerators and freezers must have their doors removed and positioned so that a child or small animal cannot get inside. Since white goods are recyclable, we may collect them separately from other items in your booking.
  • Any items that are sharp or broken should be wrapped in newspaper or a similar material.
  • Upholstered seating, such as chairs or sofas, should be kept separate from your other items. Do not pile other items on top of them. Many upholstered seating items are coated with chemicals called persistent organic pollutants (or POPs) to slow down the spread of fire. By keeping them separate from other waste items, we can avoid contamination in the recycling process.