Changes to household bulky uplifts service

A new charge of £5 per individual item of household bulky waste will start from Monday 3 July 2023.  Items eligible for collection must be listed domestic items such as fridges, mattresses or pieces of indoor freestanding furniture. Fixtures and fittings or commercial waste cannot be included. Each item should also be able to be lifted by two people.

Council Leader, Norman Hampshire, said: “The introduction of this charge was agreed at the Budget meeting by full council and will help cover some of the costs incurred for appropriate disposal of the items. Each household in East Lothian however will be entitled to one free uplift each calendar year. So if they have booked an uplift in September they would have to pay for any subsequent booked uplifts until September the following year. Some items though, if no longer required but still in good and/or working condition, may be able to be donated for reuse and all items can be taken to a Recycling Centre.”

Any bulky waste booking made from 15 June may be chargeable but full details will be provided by council staff at time of booking. Households requiring to request a bulky waste uplift can do so online through myeastlothian, or Tel: 01875 824 305

Items that can be included in a bulky waste uplift include:

  • bed bases and frames
  • carpets
  • ‘White goods’ such as cookers, fridges and dishwashers
  • mattresses
  • sofas and armchairs
  • storage heaters (bricks removed)
  • tables - over 3 foot by 3 foot
  • televisions - over 32 inches
  • wardrobes

Items that cannot be collected include:

  • baths/toilets/sinks
  • bikes and scooters
  • building materials, including bags of rubble/soil
  • car batteries or any other type of battery
  • electric recliners
  • garage doors
  • garden waste
  • gas bottles
  • kitchen units and worktops
  • pianos
  • trampolines


Published: Wednesday, 7th June 2023