Bulky waste collections


If you have unwanted items that are too big or heavy to put in your bin, and you can't take them to the Recycling Village, we can collect them from your home.

Bulky waste collections are only available for domestic properties - not businesses.

We can collect bulky items that you would normally take with you if you moved house, such as:

  • Furniture (beds, freestanding wardrobes, sofas)
  • White goods (fridges, freezers, washing machines)
  • Electrical equipment (computers, hi-fis)

Place the items for collection on your property where you normally place your waste bins to be emptied. Crews cannot enter your property, garage or shed.

Request a collection

Breaking down bulky waste

Please do not break down or smash bulky items.

Leave them in one piece and the crew will collect them for you.

You can request a collection for large items from your home. This collection service is not for businesses

Request a bulky waste collection online: 

Request a bulky waste collection

Please put your items out on your collection day by 7.30am. We will collect your items between 7.30am and 5pm.


Collections cost £17.50 for up to 8 items

Items we can collect

We can collect bulky items that you would normally take with you if you moved house, such as:

  • Furniture (beds, freestanding wardrobes, sofas)
  • White goods (fridges, freezers, washing machines)
  • Electrical equipment (computers, hi-fis)

For a full list, please see below.


  • armchair
  • bed base
  • bed frame
  • bed guard
  • bedside cabinet
  • bench seat
  • bookcase
  • bureau
  • cabin bed
  • cabinet
  • cd storage unit
  • chair
  • chair bed
  • chest
  • chest of drawers
  • child's chair
  • child's table
  • china cabinet
  • clothes horse
  • coffee table
  • desk
  • dining chair
  • display cabinet
  • drawer
  • dressing table
  • dvd storage unit
  • folding bed
  • futon
  • headboard (bed)
  • mattress (from a bed)
  • nest of tables
  • ottoman
  • pouffe
  • rocking chair
  • settee
  • sideboard
  • sofa bed
  • stool
  • table
  • tall boy
  • tea chest
  • telephone seat
  • telephone table
  • tv stand
  • wardrobe (freestanding wardrobes only, no glass doors) 
  • welsh dresser

Electrical and gas supplies

  • amplifier
  • carpet cleaning machine
  • cd player
  • computer (complete)
  • computer base/tower
  • computer desk
  • computer keyboard
  • computer monitor
  • computer printer
  • digibox
  • dishwasher
  • dvd player
  • electric cooker
  • electric fire
  • electric hob
  • electric oven
  • electric radiator
  • extractor unit (cooker)
  • freezer (please remove all food waste)
  • fridge (please remove all food waste)
  • fridge/freezer (please remove all food waste)
  • gas cooker
  • gas heater (portable)
  • gas hob
  • gas oven
  • hi-fi
  • hi-fi unit
  • microwave cooker
  • radio
  • radiogram
  • record player
  • scanner
  • speaker
  • spin drier
  • television
  • tumble drier
  • video recorder
  • washing machine

Garden / outdoors / sports

  • barbeque (bbq)
  • basketball hoop
  • bicycle
  • bicycle carrier
  • bird table
  • canoe
  • car jack
  • car ramp
  • climbing frame
  • clothes line (rotary)
  • compost bin
  • deckchair
  • garden bench seat
  • garden chair
  • garden roller
  • garden table
  • garden tools
  • gazebo
  • hammock (garden)
  • hedge cutter
  • hosepipe
  • lawnmower
  • mower
  • netball post
  • paddling pool
  • picnic table
  • planter (ornamental)
  • pogo stick
  • sand pit
  • see saw
  • sledge
  • slide
  • strimmer
  • sun lounger (garden)
  • sun shade (garden)
  • swing (garden)
  • swing ball
  • swing seat
  • tent
  • trampoline (must be completely dismantled)
  • tricycle
  • water butt (plastic)
  • wheel clamp
  • wheelbarrow

Baby and children

  • baby bath
  • baby box
  • baby walker
  • bouncer chair (baby)
  • buggy
  • car seat (baby)
  • carry cot
  • carry cot stand
  • changing table (baby)
  • cot
  • cot mattress
  • cradle
  • crib
  • cuddly toy
  • doll's house
  • equipment stand (baby)
  • highchair
  • play pen
  • playhouse (plastic toy)
  • pram
  • push a long toy
  • pushchair
  • rocking horse
  • safety gate
  • sit and ride toy
  • toy activity table
  • toy bouncy castle
  • toy box
  • toy buggy
  • toy car
  • toy drum kit
  • toy fort
  • toy garage
  • toy goal posts
  • toy go-kart
  • toy kitchen
  • toy play gym
  • toy pramtoy quad bike
  • toy scooter
  • toy tractor
  • toy vehicle (motorised)
  • toy workbench
  • travel cot

Other household

  • aerial
  • air-con unit
  • aquarium
  • bar unit (home bar)
  • bath bar
  • bathroom cabinet
  • bathroom scales
  • bean bag
  • bin (litterbin)
  • blackboard
  • blinds
  • bread bin
  • brewing bin
  • candle holder
  • cardboard holder
  • cardboard role
  • carpet (if over 2 metres long, please cut up into manageable lengths)
  • carpet runners (bundle)
  • carpet tiles (bundle)
  • cd holder
  • Christmas tree (artificial)
  • clothes prop
  • clothes rail
  • coat stand
  • commode
  • curtain pole
  • curtain rail
  • curtains (pair)
  • cushion
  • dartboard
  • decoder
  • dehumidifier
  • demijohn
  • dog basket
  • dressmaker's dummy
  • dustbin
  • easel
  • electric guitar
  • exercise bike
  • exercise machine
  • extension cable
  • fan
  • filing cabinet
  • fire canopy
  • fire extinguisher (domestic)
  • fire guard
  • fish tank
  • fish tank stand
  • fishing rod
  • floor polisher
  • foot board
  • golf bag
  • grandfather clock
  • gripper rods (bundle)
  • heater (portable)
  • high pressure washer
  • hot plate
  • ironing board
  • karaoke
  • kennel
  • knitting machine
  • ladders
  • lamp
  • lamp (floor)
  • lampshade
  • linen basket
  • lino
  • mangle
  • mirror
  • model railway board
  • mop
  • moses basket
  • one arm bandit
  • organ
  • packaging
  • pan stand
  • paste table
  • pedal bin
  • pelmet
  • pet cage
  • pet carrier
  • picture
  • pinball machine
  • pool table (small)
  • pressure washer
  • projector screen
  • punch bag
  • quilt
  • rabbit hutch
  • roof rack
  • rowing machine
  • rug
  • safe
  • satellite dish
  • sewing machine
  • shelf unit
  • shoe rack
  • shopping trolley
  • skateboard
  • snooker table (small)
  • speaker stand (pair)
  • splash back
  • step (plastic)
  • storage box
  • suitcase
  • sunbed
  • surfboard
  • sewing bin
  • table football game
  • tool box
  • tools (hand)
  • trouser press
  • tv and video unit
  • typewriter
  • umbrella (large)
  • underlay
  • vacuum cleaner
  • vegetable rack
  • video tape storage unit
  • washing basket
  • weight training unit
  • wheelchair - manual push wheelchairs only, we cannot take mobility scooters
  • wicker basket
  • windbreak
  • wine rack
  • zinc tub

Items we cannot collect

We can only collect items that you would usually take with you when you move house. 

Examples of items we cannot collect include: 

  • doors
  • kitchen units
  • bathroom suites
  • laminate flooring
  • glass doors from wardrobes
  • items over 2 metres (6ft) long 

For these items, please see House and garden clearances.

We also cannot collect items that could risk the health and safety of our employees. This includes items that are:

  • too heavy / dangerous to lift
  • wet through (so please do not leave items outside for a long time before your collection) 
  • contaminated in some way and could be hazardous (so please do not leave items outside for a long time before your collection) 

How collections work

  • Put your items out on your collection day by 7.30am. We will collect your items between 7.30am and 5pm
  • When leaving household items out for collection please make sure they are stored safely and securely as not to expose others to harm especially young children. South Tyneside Council does not accept any liability for any items stored or left in a public area prior to collection.
  • Do not place items out long before 7.30am as this may cause an obstruction and items may also get wet through meaning that we may not be able to take the items away
  • Items should be placed within the boundary of your property, as close as possible to the entrance, making sure they are not causing a hazard by blocking the public highway. Also please make sure any gates are unlocked on the day of collection.
  • Do not overfill bags
  • Items longer than 2 metres (6ft) may not be collected, so please cut up carpet into manageable lengths
  • If you are putting your items in a back lane, please put your house number on the back door or wall
  • Stack all items tidily in the same area.
  • The collection team will only remove the items stated on your request form

The information in the above checklist is intended as a general guide. 

How we dispose of items

We will remove your old, unwanted items and recycle or dispose of them in an environmentally-friendly way that meets all legal requirements.

Other ways to dispose of large items

You can drop-off bulky items for free at the Recycling Village (tip).

Changes or cancellations

Any changes or cancellations must be made before 12 noon the day before the collection day, by calling the contact centre on 0191 427 7000.

If you have more than 8 items, or items that aren't on the list

If you have more than 8 items or have fixtures or fittings for collection such as a kitchen, bathroom suite, fireplace etc. then our house clearance service might be more suited to you.

For more information visit House and garden clearances.

Bags / boxes of other waste (not food waste)

If you have bags or boxes of other waste (not including food waste), you may be able to have them collected through the Bulky Waste service.

This will depend on the type of waste contained in the bags / boxes.

Please phone the contact centre on 0191 427 7000 to speak to an advisor.


The bulky waste collection service is not for businesses. For information about what is available to businesses, see Commercial waste.

Come to us for:

  • a quality and trusted service
  • competitive prices
  • a service that meets your individual needs, and
  • advice on environmental issues

Areas we collect from

We will collect items from across South Tyneside including South Shields, Hebburn, Jarrow, Boldon, Cleadon and Whitburn.