Bulky waste collectionsLast updated: 19 November 2013 08:43 UK
Large household items or bulky garden waste can be awkward to get rid of. Read our recycling ideas below, and find out more about Portsmouth City Council's bulky waste collection services.
Disposing of bulky waste yourself
Householders have a duty of care to ensure their waste is disposed of legally and safely. It is your responsibility to check that anyone taking waste away from your home has a waste carrier’s licence. They should give you a written notification of how they will be disposing of your waste.
This means that, if you ask a ‘man with a van’ to dispose of your DIY rubbish or the contents of your old shed, and he subsequently fly tips it or disposes of it illegally, you are responsible. You could be taken to court and fined up to £5,000. Protect yourself by taking reasonable measures to check that your household waste is passed on to an authorised person. Contact the Environment Agency to check the person removing your waste is a registered waste carrier.For more information on all the council's bulky waste collection services listed below, contact us at City Helpdesk.
Bulky household waste
If you want to get rid of an item too large for your household waste collection, but still in useable condition, such as a bed, sofa, or an appliance like a fridge or an oven, before getting rid of it consider whether it could be re-used or recycled. You might like to:
- donate it to charity
- offer it online through Freecycle or Freegle
- advertise it for sale, or for free, in local shops, newspapers or online
- sell it to a local second hand furniture company
- take it to the Portsmouth recycling centre at Port Solent – who will take it free
- have a look at our waste directory for alternative ways to dispose of it.
If none of these ideas are practical, then Portsmouth City Council will collect bulky waste from your home and dispose of it in the correct way. Contact us at City Helpdesk to book a collection and discuss the options, which are:
Chargeable bulky waste collection - takes place either Tuesday or Thursday. Costs start from £30 to collect and dispose of large bulky items. If you cancel the booking in advance, we will refund you. If we come to your house to collect your item and then you cancel, we charge a minimum fee of £20 to cover our costs.
Free bulky waste collection - a limited number of free bulky waste collections are available to pensioners or residents receiving certain benefits. Eligible Portsmouth residents can apply for two free collections per year. Slots become available to book every Tuesday morning from 8.30am.
Landlords' black sack collection - a chargeable collection of vacated tenants' black sack waste is available to landlords unable to present the waste on the usual scheduled collection day. The charges for landlords' black sack waste collection up to 30 sacks are below. More than 30 sacks will be assessed.
- £30 for up to 10 sacks
- £45 for up to 20 sacks
- £60 for up to 30 sacks.
Bulky garden waste
Some garden waste, such as woody hedge clippings, is less easy to compost than, for example, grass. But shredded, you'll have a fantastic weed-reducing and water-retaining mulch. You could hire or buy small garden shredders from many local DIY stores.
Woody garden waste less than ten centimetres in diameter is accepted at the Portsmouth recycling centre. Alternatively, you can register for Portsmouth City Council's fortnightly kerbside collection of garden waste, called the Green Waste Club.