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At a meeting of the South Hams Executive on 16 September Councillors received an update on the waste and recycling situation in South Hams and have reluctantly agreed to keep the suspension of garden waste in place. The Executive will review the situation when they meet again on 14 October.

Bulky Waste Collections

We offer a bulky waste collection service for large household items that you can't get to the recycling centres.

Bulky Waste Collections and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Collections are subject to availability. To help us keep you and our crews safe, you must:

  • Place your bulky items in an accessible place outside your property. Our operatives will not enter communal premises, households or garages/barns. We reserve the right to not collect items that are not presented correctly.
  • Maintain 2m social distancing at all times during the collection.
  • Disinfect hard surfaces of items being collected.


You can find out what we will take, what we charge and how to arrange a collection on this page.

You can also take these items to your local household recycling centre for free.

What items can be collected?

  • The collection covers bulky items that form part of the contents of a residential property.
  • It does not include construction or renovation waste
  • It does not include collections from commercial properties, nor does it include collections of commercial waste, such as commercial sized fridges and/or freezers from domestic properties.
  • It does not include bulk food collections from private functions
  • Any item for collection must be manageable by one person using a sack truck.

How are bulky waste items collected?

Items for collection need to be outside from 7 a.m. on the day of collection, in an accessible place, free of steps and obstructions.

Our operatives are not permitted to enter communal premises and households, or to take any payments.


When are bulky waste items collected?

Bulky waste items are collected on a Wednesday from 7 a.m.

Your collection must be requested no later than 5 p.m. on the Monday before.


How much does it cost?

The cost of a single item is £18, all additional items are £18 each. For example:

  • A bedframe and headboard would be classed as 1 item.
  • A bed and mattress would be classed as 2 items.
  • A 3-piece suite would be classed as 3 items.
  • Individual white goods (fridge, freezers, washing machines and so on) are classed as 1 item.

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