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Lewes District Council
Southover House
Southover Road
East Sussex

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Bulky Waste Collection

We offer a separate service for larger items like fridges and other waste too bulky for regular collections.


Recycling Household Furnishings and Appliances

There are many organisations and charities around the district that takehousehold furnishings and appliances that are in good condition.                        Listed below are linksto several organisations that may be able to collect your unwanted goods.





Large waste items (bulky items) and green waste are not collected on your normal refuse collection rounds. You can get rid of these items free of charge by taking them to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Site.

However, we do provide a chargeable service to remove bulky items and green waste.

We Can Collect

Cookers, washing machines, tumble dryers, bed bases and / or mattresses, wardrobes, cupboards, chest of drawers, microwave ovens, televisions / videos, green waste, tables, chairs, baths / WCs and settees, etc.

We Cannot Collect

Treated fencing, sheds, decking (pressure treated / coated with wood preservatives), gas bottles, asbestos, car batteries, builders' rubble, soil, gypsum plasterboard and other hazardous / liquid waste.

Most Household Waste Recycling Sites will accept household hazardous waste.

Collection Charges

 Items  From April 2014
Any 2 of the items shown above (a bed base and a mattress are separate items) 21
3 to 4 items (3 piece suite is classed as 3 items) 42
5 to 6 items 63
Loose / assorted items in black sacks (minimum charge for up to 5 tied black sacks) 21 (2.10 per bag thereafter)
Fridges, freezers (and Fridge/Freezers) 26 per unit 
Bags of green waste (minimum charge for up to 10 bags - please do not contaminate with other non-green waste) 22 (2.20 per bag thereafter) 
Pianos and other heavy items  From 78.75 (see below) 


We can quote separately for other items. Please contact Customer Services and ask for a quotation. 

Arranging Collection

All items must be easily available outside the property in a location close to the road where a refuse collection vehicle can safely and legally park for the time period it will take to remove the items.

Please note telephone quotes and prices stated here will be the prices charged unless there is a general obstruction to access, uneven / slippery ground, steep gradient, poor lighting of the area, excessive weight / size of bulky item or a long distance to carry very heavy items.

We therefore reserve the right not to collect and re-quote under such circumstances. If you choose not to go ahead with a new quote your money will be refunded. If you receive a quote it will be valid for 30 days, after which we will remove it from our records.


If you wish to make payment over the phone you can contact Customer Services on 01273 484999. Alternatively you can pay by cheque with your name and address on the back of the cheque, along with a reference number, given to you from Customer Services.

Please make your cheque payable to Lewes District Council and send it to the following address:

Administration Assistant
Lewes District Council
Waste and Recycling Services
Robinson Road
East Sussex

In person, payment by cheque, postal order or Debit / Visa / Master Card, can be made at our reception at Southover House, Southover Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1AB (with the reference number given to you from Customer Services). You will be added to the next collection day on receipt of payment. Payment by cash will not be accepted. Please note that an additional charge will apply if you make payment using the Visa / Master Card which is 1.50%

For health and safety reasons customers are politely requested not to visit the Robinson Road depot in Newhaven due to movements of heavy vehicles and there are no designated facilities for members of the public.

Collection Days

We operate on a weekly basis as follows: 

 Items  Where  When
Fridge/Freezers   All    Wednesday
Bulky waste East Saltdean, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Seaford, Telscombe Cliffs and surrounding areas        Thursday
Bulky waste Lewes and surrounding areas     Friday

Your Responsibility

You should be careful when disposing of waste via third-party companies. Unscrupulous companies who fly-tip your waste could result in you getting a fine of up to 5,000. Our Householder's Responsibilities page gives further details on how to avoid problems.