On this page you will find information about how to get rid of large household items such as sofas, beds, fridges and more.

Council collections

If you pay your council tax to Portsmouth City Council, we can collect larger household items from your home and dispose of them for you.

How much does a collection cost?

The cost of a collection starts at £40.

If you receive Council Tax Support, you can get one free collection in any rolling 12-month period. You will need to provide proof that you get support by either showing us your award letter, or giving us permission to check your records.

For free collections only, we’ll take a maximum of up to 2m3 (two cubic meters), about the size of a two-seater sofa or a washing machine and armchair. Anything more than this will mean you’ll need to make an additional payment.

View full terms and conditions for our collection service.

What will we take?

  • Sofas
  • Beds
  • Mattresses
  • Fridges and freezers (these are charged at £40 each or £60 for an American-style fridge)
  • Washing machine
  • General household items and furniture

What won’t we take?

  • Asbestos
  • Building and DIY waste such as soil, rubble, tiles, concrete, bricks etc.
  • Plasterboard
  • Paint tins containing paint (paint tins must be empty)
  • Gas canisters
  • Batteries
  • Car engines
  • Tyres
  • Garden waste
  • Fluorescent lighting tubes
  • Commercial or trade waste
  • Ceramic sanitary ware – sink basins, pedestals, bidets and toilet cisterns
  • Anything longer than 2 metres
  • Anything too heavy for two people to lift safely such as a piano, waterlogged mattresses or sofas

When will we collect it?

  • Collections take place on a Tuesday
  • Items must be available from 6am on the day of collection
  • We can only collect items on ground level and easy access to the road (such as forecourts)
  • If you live in a flat-fronted property, items can be placed out on the pavement after 7pm the evening before collection day
  • Our team won’t enter properties or back gardens to collect or help move items.
  • Only the items listed for collection at the time of booking will be taken.

How can I book a collection?

Call us on 023 9284 1105 to get a quote and book a collection.

If you need to change or cancel a collection, please call us at least 2 working days before your collection day. If you cancel any later than this, we may not give you a full refund.

If you wish to amend your booking after this time, you may have to pay a fee.

Please see our full terms & conditions for more details about our fees.

Taking large waste to Port Solent tip (HWRC)

Larger household items can be taken to the Portsmouth Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC). Certain items can be sold on for reuse if in good condition. Please ask a member of staff on arrival at the site about where to place the item.

Some items are restricted and/or chargeable including:

  • Plasterboard
  • Asbestos
  • Rubble
  • Soil
  • Ceramic sanitary ware (including sink basins, pedestals, bidets and toilet cisterns)
  • Upholstered domestic seating (including sofas, armchairs, upholstered chairs, stools and footstools, bean bags, floor or sofa cushions)

More information about accepted and restricted items on the HWRC website

Note on upholstered furniture

Residents need to ensure upholstered domestic seating is kept whole where possible, due to new regulations.

Upholstered furniture may contain some chemicals which can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of responsibly. Any damaged parts must be contained (bagged or covered with duct tape) to reduce the risk of any textile or foam escaping into the environment when being transported.

Reuse and donate

If your family or friends do not want the items, there are other options you can look into before it becomes waste:

  • donate it to charity – some offer free collections, try Sue Ryder, the British Heart Foundation, and DEBRA
  • offer it online through FreecycleFreegle and other online marketplace apps or advertise it in a local shop or free ad newspaper.
  • sell it to a local second hand furniture company.

Your responsibility as a householder

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.

You can check if someone has a waste carrier licence on DEFRA’s website by searching their business name or address.