Oxford City Council

PO Box 10, Oxford, OX1 1EN
Tel 01865 249811
Web http://www.oxford.gov.uk/

Recycling and waste

Bulky Waste Collections

Bulky waste

Bulky waste refers to items that are too large to be taken away with the normal refuse collection.  This can mean items such as furniture, white goods, fridges and freezers.

Reusing or recycling your items

If you no longer have use for these types of items but they are still in good condition, the best option is to reduce waste and pass them onto somebody else.  

Name                     Description
Oxford Freecycle A group open to all in the Oxford area who would prefer to recycle to others, rather than throw away unwanted items https://www.freecycle.org/
Emmaus Oxford Collect donated re-usable furniture, electrical appliances and other household items from most Oxfordshire locations (and some others near Oxford) and sell these to residents in Oxford with low incomes. For more details, phone Emmaus on 01865 763698 (9:30am-12:30pm Monday-Friday) or email furniture@emmausoxford.org.
Orinoco The Oxfordshire Scrapstore. Accept tools, good quality paint and scrap items to use for art projects.
British Heart Foundation It's easy to donate your unwanted items to us and help raise vital funds. You can drop them off at your local shop, fill a doorstep donation bag or book a free collection for furniture and large electrical items
PDF icon Download our map of charity shops in Oxford (PDF) Donate unwanted goods to charity shops who always need good quality used goods including sofas and upholstered chairs (which must comply with flammability regulations), wardrobes, tables, chairs, book cases and coffee tables etc.
Daily Info Advertise your goods locally online
Redbridge Waste Recycling Centre
Your local waste recycling centre run by Oxfordshire County Council
Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) - Bin Lid & Bring Banks for Small Electricals

Small electrical items (see below table) can be recycled on top of your bin lid on collection day or at our Bring Bank sites

More information on other Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Disposal can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Aspire Oxford

Aspire provides and maintains textile recycling banks to schools, community centres and local businesses across Oxfordshire

Electrical Items

Small electrical items that will fit in a standard sized carrier bag such as telephones, electric toothbrushes, hair dryers, DVD players, games consoles, toasters, kettles, irons and even cables can all be recycled on top of your blue or green bin on collection day. Alternatively they can be recycled in the pink banks around the city. Visit our Bring Banks page for locations.

Larger electrical items such as vacuum cleaners, electric lawnmowers, faxes and printers can be collected on our bulky waste service.

Bulky waste collection service

If you have no other way of disposing of your bulky waste, you can arrange a collection from us. We aim to recycle as much of the bulky waste collected as possible, however if it is not suitable for reuse of recycling then it will be disposed of. Each household is entitled to 2 free collections per year of up to 3 items per visit.

To request a collection, please contact us on 01865 249811.

Items left out for collection must be visible and accessible on your property. Collections from unlocked garages are not permitted.

There are several exceptions:

  • For a terraced property, once an appointment has been made the items must be placed out on the pavement the night before.
  • For a flat, items will be needed to be brought down to ground level. If this is not possible then a site survey may be necessary.
  • We do not collect from inside properties. If you are unable to place items out for collection then please get a relative, friend, carer or neighbour to place the items out for you.

Items We Can Collect

  • Washing machine
  • Dish washer
  • Tumble dryer
  • Microwave
  • Cooker
  • Hob
  • Bicycles
  • Fridges
  • Freezers
  • Televisions
  • Computers
  • Screens
  • Furniture

Items Which We Can't Collect

As part of our bulky waste collection service, we are unable to collect the items listed below as they cannot be disposed of at a disposal site.

Please contact Redbridge Recycling Centre on 01865 721464 to find out if they will accept any of the items below. If Redbridge are unable to accept items, please contact Oxfordshire County Council on 01865 816043 for advice.

Please note: the list below is for guidance only.


Laminate Flooring
Air Conditioning Units Petrol Lawn Mowers
Baths Mirrors
BBQ's - Gas, Electrical and drum BBQ's Oil - Cooking Oil, Car, Diesel
Black Bags - must specify what is in a bag, collection of general rubbish is not allowed on the Bulky Service. Paint
Boilers Paving Slabs



Photo Copiers

Building Rubble Pianos
Car Parts Planks of Wood
Cardboard -  large amounts must be flat packed and placed out on the blue box collection day Polystyrene
Ceiling/Plaster Board Radiators
Cast Iron items / Iron made Roof guttering/down pipes
Carpet or carpet underlay Rubbish Bags - must specify what is in a bag, collection of general rubbish is not allowed on the Bulky Service.
Concrete Sheds
Copper Piping Sun Tanning Beds
Doors - internal or external Sinks - kitchen or bathroom
Down Pipes Storage Heaters - only if the heating bricks are removed, we will not collect the bricks
Ladders Tiles - wall or floor
Exercise equipment - depending if it is made of aluminium or steel and if can be lifted Toilets
Fencing Panels Tyres
Gas Bottles Water Heating Boilers
Large garden waste that will not fit into the bin/sack e.g. trees or bushes see our garden waste page for more details Windows
Garages and Garage Doors Wooden Flooring
Heating Boilers  
Kitchen Work Tops or Units  

Commercial Bulky Waste

Visit our Oxford Direct Services website for more information about our commercial bulky waste collection service for businesses and other organisations and the range of other services on offer.

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Page last updated 12 November 2014

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