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 take household furnishings and appliances that are in good condition.

Listed below are links to 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 2015
Any 1 - 4 (or 10 bags of small assorted household items) of the items shown above (a bed base and a mattress are separate items) £50
5 to 8 items (or 20 bags of small household items) (3 piece suite is classed as 3 items) £75
Fridges, freezers and fridge/freezers £35 Per unit
1 - 10   bags of Green Waste (do not contaminate with other non-Green waste items) £30
11 - 20 bags of Green Waste (do not contaminate with other non-Green waste items) £50
21 - 30 bags of Green Waste (do not contaminate with other non-Green waste items) £75 
Pianos and other heavy items  From £95 (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.

Please note that we must have either received a card payment by phone/at Reception at Southover House or a cheque at our Robinson Road Offices before 12 noon the day before collection for your area.  Payments received after this time will automatically roll over to the next available collection date.


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
Bulky, Fridges & Green Waste Lewes & Ringmer areas Wednesday
Bulky, Fridges & Green Waste East Saltdean, Newhaven, Peacehaven, Seaford, Telscombe Cliffs, South Heighton, Tarring Neville, Firle, Glynde, Piddinghoe, Rodmell, Southease, Iford, Kingston, Falmer & St Anne Without areas Thursday
Bulky, Fridges & Green Waste Ditchling, Hamsey, St John Without, Streat, Westmeston, Plumpton, East Chiltington, Wivelsfield, North & South Chailey, Barcombe & Newick 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.