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Bulky Waste Collection

Bulky waste collection

Our bulk waste uplifts from residents in flats and main door properties now operate a by-request-only service.

A request-only service means the council will no longer be collecting bulky waste from designated pick-up points on 'bulk day'.

How many items can I request?

Residents can place a request for a maximum of 10 items by using our online form.

You will receive an email acknowledgement and once your request has been processed you will receive a further email with your Collection Date.

Where and when should I present my bulk waste?

Please only present your bulky waste on the day before your Collection Date. 

Place it within the grounds of your property (e.g. a backcourt or garden) and ensure it does not obstruct bins or common pathways. Just leaving items on the street or in a back lane will be regarded as fly-tipping and the people responsible will be open to enforcement action.

*Exceptions to this are if you have no outside space or we collect your bins from the street due to access issues.  In these cases please present your waste in front of your property.

During the pandemic, many housing associations have removed items on behalf of their tenants and tenants are advised to check with their landlord for up-to-date information on local arrangements for them.

We know this has been an exceptionally tough time for everyone and we are very grateful for the support we have received from housing associations and also from the vast majority of householders, who have stored items safely or made use of our waste centres.

We have produced a poster that can be printed and placed in properties to let residents know about changes to the service.

What items do we not collect?

All food waste within fridges and freezers should be removed prior to placing the equipment out for bulk collection.

We do not collect any of the following:

  • Cast iron washing poles
  • Garden rollers
  • Metal garage doors
  • Supermarket trolleys - please contact the supermarket
  • Asbestos
  • Gyprock and Plasterboard
  • Fire Extinguisher

The following items can be disposed of free of change at one of our Household Waste Recycling Centres .

  • Car batteries
  • Gas cylinders
  • Oil - all types
  • Paint
  • Safes

Special chargeable items

We apply a charge for some items. Please use our Bulky Waste Enquiry form to request this service.

  • Baths (cast iron)
  • Boilers, Water Tanks, Central Heating Systems and Radiators
  • Bricks / Rubble
  • Brick Fireplaces and Hearths
  • Bunkers / Coal
  • Concrete
  • Garage doors - we do not collect metal garage doors
  • Greenhouses
  • Sheds and Huts
  • Soil and Tree trunks
  • Slabs
  • Storage Heaters - where they do not contain asbestos
  • Tiles
  • Windows and Window Frames

We apply a minimum charge for the first 30 minutes and every 15 minutes thereafter.

We also offer a house clearance service charged per half hour.

Our current rates are in the pdf icon Book of charges [359kb]

How do I cancel my request?

To cancel your Bulky Waste request, please complete our online form.

Household Waste Recycling Centres

Our centres at Dawsholm, Shieldhall, Polmadie and Easter Queenslie continue to be very busy as the lockdown restrictions are eased and we are urging residents to consider whether visiting is urgent or essential.

Anyone in self isolation or with Covid-19 symptoms must not visit our HWRCs under any circumstances.

Our Household Waste Recycling Centres are open 7 days a week, 8-6pm (last entry 5.45pm).

From Monday 8th March, vans used by residents will be accepted at Shieldhall and Easter Queenslie only between 8-6pm (5.45pm last entry).

Please do not use a van to visit any of our other centres (Dawsholm or Polmadie) as you will be refused entry. 

The total weight of the van must be less than 3.5 tonnes. 

All vans are required to report to the weighbridge at Shieldhall and Easter Queenslie and not the main HWRC entry point. Staff on site will then provide direction to the tipping location. 

Our centres now provide a full waste disposal service, accepting the following waste types:

  • Bags of household waste
  • Electrical Items (including lamps, tv screens and monitors).
  • White Goods
  • Mattresses
  • Wood (including small furniture)
  • Cardboard
  • Garden waste
  • Scrap metal
  • Rubble
  • Dry mixed recyclables
  • Textiles
  • Cooking oil
  • Engine oil
  • Hazardous household items such solvent based paint, pesticides etc
  • Car batteries.

Please note that our staff will not be able to provide physical assistance to householders to unload material.

Due to the current situation, in order to reduce queuing times and to protect you and our staff there are rules in place that you must follow when visiting one of our centres:

  • Separate your items into different waste types before travelling to a centre. This will reduce unloading time at the waste centres.
  • No commercial waste will be accepted - all waste is subject to a visual inspection by on-site staff and you may be asked to provide proof of where the waste came from. Any waste that is suspected to be commercial will not be accepted.
  • Only a limited number of vehicles will be allowed to access our sites at any one time.  This is due to the continued need for physical distancing between individuals to stop the spread of coronavirus.
  • Access to our site is strictly controlled on a one-out, one-in basis.  Delays in accessing the waste centres should therefore be expected. 
  • Cones and signage are in place help guide drivers safely into the each site. To protect yourself and staff, please keep your car windows closed when the check on Glasgow residence is made and follow the direction of staff on hand to manage traffic.
  • Physical distancing rules must be adhered to at all times to ensure the safety of you and our staff. We urge people to travel alone to our centres wherever possible. However, if you require to move a larger item then you can bring another person to assist you.
  • Householders will be asked to provide proof of address by presenting a Council Tax Bill, drivers licence or utility bill - this is to ensure that our sites are only used by Glasgow residents.
  • Please remember to wash your hands before and after visiting one of our centres.
  • From Monday 5th October, waste will be accepted from pedestrians and cyclists between 10am and 3pm, Monday - Sunday.

Please see our frequently asked questions for more information.

Contact us

If you have an enquiry relating to Bulky Waste scheduling; problems with your collection; Special Collections or any other Bulky Waste enquiry then you can contact us by completing our online Bulky Waste enquiry form.

Please Note: Prior to using this form, please read the Bulky Waste Frequently Asked Questions, which may answer your enquiry without the need to submit a form. You can access our FAQs on our website here.

Please do not use this form if you need to make a Bulky Waste collection. 

Locations of Household Recycling Centres

Dawsholm Recycling Centre
75 Dalsholm Road
G20 0TB

Easter Queenslie Recycling Centre
90 Easter Queenslie Road
G33 4UL

Polmadie Recycling Centre
425 Polmadie Road
G42 0PJ

Please Note:  Unfortunately there is no access to vehicles above 1.8m at Polmadie Recycling Centre. Please use one of the other HWRC's for access with vehicles above this height.

Shieldhall Recycling Centre
Renfrew Road

National Re-use Tool

If you have bulk items that are in good condition, could be re-used, haven't been left outside and still have the necessary fire labels (for sofas and armchairs), simply visit the Zero Waste website. There you can search for the re-use organisations that can collect items from your area. You will need to contact a suitable re-use organisation from the directory and arrange for your items to be collected. 

All items should be in good working condition. Examples of items that re-use organisations will accept are:

  • Sofas and armchairs (fire regulation tags must be attached)
  • Beds and mattresses (fire regulation tags must be attached)
  • Wardrobes, chest of drawers, bookcases, dressing tables
  • Dining furniture
  • Fridges, freezers, electric cookers, washing machines and tumble dryers
  • Bicycles

Examples of items that re-use organisations will not accept are:

  • Items which are soiled, ripped or damaged in any way
  • Gas appliances of any kind
  • Bulky style televisions
  • Large wall units
  • Small electrical items (e.g toasters, kettles, microwaves)
  • Items that have been left outside
  • Sofa and armchairs which have had fire tags removed

Charity shops and other furniture re-use organisation within Glasgow also accept household goods for re-use.

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