Request a bulky waste collection
The Council provides a collection service from residential properties for bulky waste that cannot go into the black or green bin:
- Free to residents
- 5 items per collection. If there are more items to collect another collection must be arranged
- There are no limits to the number of collections per household
- The Council reserves the right to refuse collections if the service is abused
Landlords and trades people
- Trade waste disposal can be done at Bywaters (non public site), Gateway Road, Leyton
Items that cannot be collected
- Asbestos and other hazardous waste
- Loose bagged waste including general black bags
- Batteries – recycled at all household waste recycling centres
- Car parts
- Clinical waste – There are separate collection arrangements in place
- Dead animals – There are separate collection arrangements in place
- Garden and food waste - if you have more waste than will fit in your brown bin, you can either compost at home, take it to a recycling centre or request that excess waste is collected with your regular collection
- Gas cylinders – These can be recycled at all household waste recycling centres
- Glass panes, window panes or anything containing sheet glass, including glass panes from internal and external doors - Sheet glass and windows can be taken to household waste recycling centres
- Nails still in wood including carpet grips cannot be taken for safety reasons
- Oil, preservative, varnish and solvent containers (full or empty) – empty metal tins and original containers of gloss and emulsion paint can be recycled at all household waste recycling centres
- Pianos and organs
- Plasterboard – This can be recycled at South Access Road Household Waste Recycling Centre
- Rubble and concrete (including hard-core / cement ) – This can be recycled at all household waste recycling centres
- Tyres and wheel rims
- Items which are too heavy and would require more than 2 people to move it
Can your bulky item be reused or recycled?
A lot of items that are thrown away could be reused or recycled.
What items are suitable for reuse or recycling?
- Beds (complete)
- Bedside cabinets
- Coat stands
- Coffee tables
- Cutlery sets
- Garden tables and chairs
- Ironing boards
- Pillows and duvets (stain free)
- Pots and pans
- Small lounge units
- Tables and chairs
- Three piece suites
- All soft furnishings should have safety labels sewn in. On beds and mattresses the label is blue, on sofas and suites it will be red
- Items should not be more than 6 feet in any dimension
- If it is too heavy to be moved by two people, it can't be accepted for reuse
For all household electrical items that can be reused book a free collection with ReStore, the councils charity partner on 020 3142 8506.
For all household electrical items that can be reused or are broken book a free collection with 123 Recycle for Free 020 3142 8506.
What items will be taken as part of a bulky collection?
- Baths and sinks
- Washing machines
How to request this service
To request your bulky collection, contact Waltham Forest Direct on 020 8496 3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
When you request a free bulky collection:
- You will be told the date when your bulky waste will be collected, which will be within a maximum of six working days
- Each ward has a specific collection day and these are shown below:
|Chingford Green||Chapel End||High Street||Forest||Cann Hall|
|Endlebury||Hale End and Highams Park||Hoe Street
|Valley||Larkswood||William Morris||Wood Street||Leytonstone|
- You will be asked to describe the items for collection and they must be identifiable and accessible on the day of collection
- Bulky items must be left as close to the front edge of your property as possible on the day of collection by 6am. Please be aware that leaving items in your garden is at your own risk.
Please note: There is no assisted collection for bulky items and staff cannot enter a property to bring items out.