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Bulky Waste Collection

Bulky waste collection

Changes to Service

The council provides a Bulky Waste Collection service.  The service is chargeable and charges were introduced on 5 July 2021.

Bulky Waste is items that you wish to dispose of that do not fit into your wheeled bin.

This decision brings Glasgow into line with the vast majority of all other Scottish local authorities, where charging for uplifting bulky items is a standard feature of their waste management services.

Applying a charge for the collection of large items is also consistent with the council's new Resource and Recycling Strategy 2020-30 and 'empowering Glasgow to become a zero-waste city'.

Charging aims to change the way citizens think about resources. Assigning value to bulky items can encourage everyone to reduce the amount of waste they produce or find other ways for items to be reused where possible. Extending the useful life of bulky items will help reduce Glasgow's carbon footprint and help support the city's aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

You can find out more about the Resource and Recycling Strategy 2020-30 by following this link.

Bulky Waste Collection

If items are in good condition, Residents can use Zero Waste Scotland's National Re-use Tool and donate these items to charity.

Alternatively, Residents can dispose of items free of charge at our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) or can arrange a Bulky Waste collection.

We offer a service for bulk uplifts from residents in flats and main door properties and Residents can place a request by using our online form.

We're sorry but we cannot accept requests from residents in high rise properties or properties with internal bulk chambers at this time. Residents should continue to use their bulk room.

We will collect up to 10 standard items for £35.  

Large electrical items are charged at £35 each.  

Please refer to our pdf icon Terms and Conditions [159kb] of service before placing a request.  

More information is available in our FAQs section.

Payment can be made by credit or debit card.  

Following payment you will receive an email acknowledgement and once your request has been processed you will receive notification of your Collection Date.

Please only present your bulky waste on the day before your Collection Date. 

Place it within the grounds of your property (e.g. a backcourt or garden) and ensure it does not obstruct bins or common pathways. Just leaving items on the street or in a back lane will be regarded as fly-tipping and the people responsible will be open to enforcement action.

*Exceptions to this are if you have no outside space or we collect your bins from the street due to access issues.  In these cases please present your waste in front of your property.

If you need to Cancel your request please complete our online form.

During the pandemic, many housing associations have removed items on behalf of their tenants and tenants are advised to check with their landlord for up-to-date information on local arrangements for them.

Residents can continue to visit our Household Waste Recycling Centres, and if items are in good condition, residents can also use Zero Waste Scotland's National Re-use Tool and donate these items to charity.

We know this has been an exceptionally tough time for everyone and we are very grateful for the support we have received from housing associations and also from the vast majority of householders, who have stored items safely or made use of our waste centres.

We have produced a poster that can be printed and placed in properties to let residents know about changes to the service.

What items do we collect?

A list of items that we collect and how to present them is pdf icon here [130kb].

Residents must ensure that any special instructions on how to present them are followed.

Please note that any textile items such as settees, mattresses, carpet must be kept dry for collection.  If the items become waterlogged we may not be able to collect them.  

What items do we not collect?

All food waste within fridges and freezers should be removed prior to placing the equipment out for bulk collection.

Any textile items such as settees, mattresses, carpet must be kept dry for collection.  If the items become waterlogged we may not be able to collect them.  

We do not collect any of the following:

  • Cast iron washing poles
  • Garden rollers
  • Metal garage doors
  • Supermarket trolleys - please contact the supermarket
  • Asbestos
  • Gyprock and Plasterboard
  • Fire Extinguisher

The following items can be disposed of free of change at one of our Household Waste Recycling Centres.

  • Car batteries
  • Gas cylinders
  • Oil - all types
  • Paint
  • Safes

Special chargeable items

There is a separate request process for certain larger or heavier items.  Please use our Special Bulky Waste Enquiry Form to request this service.

  • Baths (cast iron)
  • Boilers, Water Tanks, Central Heating Systems and Radiators
  • Brick Fireplaces and Hearths
  • Fencing
  • Greenhouses
  • Piano
  • Rubble
  • Sheds and Huts
  • Soil 
  • Storage Heaters - where they do not contain asbestos
  • Windows and Window Frames

We apply a minimum charge for the first 30 minutes and every 15 minutes thereafter.

Our house clearance service is currently suspended. 

Our current rates are in the pdf icon Book of charges [411kb].

How Do I Cancel My Request?

Please refer to our pdf icon Terms and Conditions [159kb] of service first.  

If you still wish to cancel your request please complete our online form.  

Household Waste Recycling Centres

Residents can continue visit our Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Our Household Waste Recycling Centres are open 7 days a week, 8-6pm (last entry 5.45pm).

Please visit Household Waste Recycling Centres for important access information and see our frequently asked questions for more information.

Dawsholm Recycling Centre
75 Dalsholm Road
G20 0TB

Easter Queenslie Recycling Centre
90 Easter Queenslie Road
G33 4UL

Polmadie Recycling Centre
425 Polmadie Road
G42 0PJ

Shieldhall Recycling Centre
Renfrew Road

Contact us

Please read the Bulky Waste Frequently Asked Questions, which may answer your enquiry without the need to contact us. You can access our FAQs on our website here.

Please do not use this form if you need to make a Bulky Waste request. 

If you still need to contact us about your Bulky Waste collection please complete our online Bulky Waste enquiry form. Please have your order number ready.

Residents who cannot access the internet can phone 0141 287 9700 on Tuesday and Wednesday 9am - 3pm to place a request.  We will review the opening times of the phone line and reserve the right to amend this. 

National Re-use Tool

If you have bulk items that are in good condition, could be re-used, haven't been left outside and still have the necessary fire labels (for sofas and armchairs), simply visit the Zero Waste website. There you can search for the re-use organisations that can collect items from your area. You will need to contact a suitable re-use organisation from the directory and arrange for your items to be collected. 

All items should be in good working condition. Examples of items that re-use organisations will accept are:

  • Sofas and armchairs (fire regulation tags must be attached)
  • Beds and mattresses (fire regulation tags must be attached)
  • Wardrobes, chest of drawers, bookcases, dressing tables
  • Dining furniture
  • Fridges, freezers, electric cookers, washing machines and tumble dryers
  • Bicycles

Examples of items that re-use organisations will not accept are:

  • Items which are soiled, ripped or damaged in any way
  • Gas appliances of any kind
  • Bulky style televisions
  • Large wall units
  • Small electrical items (e.g toasters, kettles, microwaves)
  • Items that have been left outside
  • Sofa and armchairs which have had fire tags removed

Charity shops and other furniture re-use organisation within Glasgow also accept household goods for re-use.

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