Free Bulky Collection Trial

bulky-collectionsThe free bulky collections have proven to be very popular and are now fully booked. Councillor Louise Harrison, Portfolio Holder for Clean and Green said:

“We expected residents to be keen to participate in the free trial and they certainly have been. We were offering just over 1,000 free collections and in just this first week, all of those collections have been booked. I understand there may be disappointment for residents who are not able to participate in the trial, but it was offered on a first come first served basis.” “When the trial has finished, we will evaluate the impact on reduced fly tipping and this will feed into future decision-making.”

Free bulky collections are the first of three trials aimed at reducing fly tipping in the Borough. The other trials are skip days and changes to opening hours at our Household Waste Recycling Centres, planned for 2019.

There is usually a charge for the bulky collection service but free collections have been available since Monday 5 November. The free bulky collection trial ends on Sunday 16 December 2018.

Bookings and payment after the free bulky collection trial ends

From Monday 17 December the prices for a bulky collection are as follows;

• 1-3 items £15.00
• 4-6 items £30.00
• 7-9 items £45.00

From Monday 10 December you can book and pay for a bulky collection for Monday 17 December onwards by telephoning 01922 653344. Please be aware that once you have booked and paid for a collection we are unable to offer any refunds.

Bulky collections are for the removal of household items from domestic premises that cannot be put into wheelie bins due to their  size and bulk, for example furniture such as a three piece suite or a bed. We can’t collect everything that is too large for a wheelie bin, the items we will take are things that would normally be taken during a house move, so doesn’t include any fixtures and fittings.

 We will collect:
  • White goods- fridges, freezers, washing machines, cookers etc.
  • Furniture- tables, chairs, settees, wardrobes, beds, chests of drawers etc
  • Bicycles
  • Three piece suites (this is 3 items)
  • Cookers
  • Washing machines and tumble dryers
  • TVs
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Rugs ( rolled up and securely taped)
  • Carpet or lino ( rolled and securely taped, NOT folded.) each roll is classed as one item
  • Garden furniture
  • Barbecues
  • Mattresses
We will not collect:
  • Builders’ materials such as bricks, blocks, rubble
  • Garden waste
  • Items left from household refurbishment such as kitchen cabinets, bathroom suites and window frames/doors
  • Garden sheds
  • Wooden fence panels
  • Bags of domestic waste
  • Fire hearths and grates
  • Gas bottles

Certain items will be counted as more than one item. For example a bed if there is a headboard, base and mattress or a three piece suite, both of these would be 3 items. There is also a maximum of 3 sofas in any one collection.

When you book a bulky collection we make a list of the items you want us to remove. If you need to make any changes to the list you will need to contact us on 01922 653344 no later than 12 noon on the day before your collection. We will not collect items that are not on the list because they may not have been put out for collection by you.

When do we collect?

The bulky collection service operates seven days a week.  Please ask if you would prefer a particular collection day and we  will do our best to accommodate your  request.

If you prefer….

You can take your bulky and most other household items to the Household Waste Recycling Centres at Fryers Road, Leamore or Merchants Way, Aldridge free of charge or if you have serviceable good quality items you no longer require you could use the Freecycle® Network. For more information please visit their website uk.freecycle.org/

Points to note:

  • All items need to be ready for collection by 6.30am on the agreed day. If your items are not ready when we arrive you will need to re-book your collection.
  • Let us know if you need to put your items on the footpath because you don’t have a front garden or driveway. We will try to remove them as early as possible on the collection day to minimise obstruction to others
  • Please cover items that could become waterlogged as they may be too heavy to lift when wet.
  • Please ensure that the items to be collected are intact and whole and are easily accessible. Your items should be left at the nearest point on your property to the public highway.
  • We cannot enter your property to collect items.

Commercial Waste

We cannot collect bulky items from commercial premises as part of this service, this includes landlords disposing of items from rental properties. To dispose of bulky commercial waste you need to contact the company with whom you have a contract to remove your business waste. if your business waste contract is with Walsall Council please call us on 01922 653755 or e-mail Tradewaste@Walsall.gov.uk.