Leeds City Council
  • A to Z
  • Newsroom
  • Contact us
  • Accessibility
  • A- A+

Get rid of unwanted items

The quickest and easiest way to get rid of your unwanted items is to donate them.

Donate to Charity 

Some of the charities and organisations listed in the External links section and listed below will collect your unwanted items free of charge as long as the items are still in working order.
 
  • Emmaus Leeds 0113 2484288
  • Leeds & Moortown Furniture Store 0113 2739727
  • St Judes 0113 2450800
  • Safe Haven 0113 3451218
  • SLATE 0113 2704005
  • Sydney Bridge 0113 2175388
Taking your smaller unwanted items such as CDs and books to local charity shops will also help charities undertake their work.
 
Revive Leeds Reuse Shop, Seacroft
At Seacroft Recycling Site there is a reuse shop which is run by Revive Leeds, a partnership between three local charities (Emmaus Leeds, St Jude's and SLATE). Profits raised by sales in the shop go to support the work of these charities in Leeds helping homeless, disadvantaged and disabled people. The shop accepts donations of furniture, clothing, bikes, books, DVDs and CDs, bric-a-brac and much more.
 
Recycling Sites

You can take unwanted items to Recycling Sites. Containers are available to place items for either donation to local charity, recycling or disposal.
 
Ask us to collect

We offer a bulky item collection service for residents of domestic properties, but collection can take up to eight weeks. To book a collection please telephone us on 0113 222 4406 (Mon to Fri 8am to 6pm).
 
For further information about the service, including items we can't collect, please read the frequently asked questions.

What items will you collect?

Carpets and underlay (carpets and underlay must be kept dry and, if possible, folded or rolled into manageable pieces for easier carrying. Please ensure the carpet is separated from the underlay).

Doors (all internal and external doors will be collected. Any glass panels must be removed and made safe by taping).

Furniture (chairs, sofas, tables, dismantled wardrobes, sideboards, bed bases, mattresses etc. Any drawers should be left intact. Glass panels should be removed and made safe. Water butts and compost bins must be empty).

Electrical equipment (TVs, microwaves, lawn mowers, sun beds (UV tubes removed) etc. Loose doors, cables or wires should be taped or tied to the item).

White goods (fridges, freezers, cookers, washing machines, tumble dryers dish washers. Any doors or locks on air tight fridges must be removed. All content must removed. Loose doors, cables and wires must taped or tied to the item. The service will only collect items that can be safely handled by 2 people). 

Garden waste (grass cuttings, hedge clippings, leaves, dead plants, weeds, windfall fruit, twigs and small branches - please ensure your garden waste is bundled together and double bagged. The service will not collect garden waste if you have access to brown (garden waste) bin collections).

Wood and Branches (wood and branches must be bundled up into manageable amounts. Please make sure that nails and screws are removed. The Service will not collect wood and branches small enough to be recycled though the brown bin where this service is provided).

Which items will you not collect?

​Bathroom suites including sinks, baths and toilets

Boilers/storage heaters and radiators

Building material including rubble

Car parts including batteries and tyres

Fluorescent light tubes

Garage doors

Sheds

Gas bottles

Hazardous materials - chemicals, paint, asbestos

General unbagged waste

Greenhouses

Kitchen units - sinks, worktops, cupboards

Mirrors

Pianos/organs

Tree trunks

Window frames

Patio doors/windows

UPVC doors/windows

Glass topped furniture unless the glass has been removed and made safe.

Wooden pallets

Garden waste if you have access to a brown garden waste bin


You can still dispose of all the above items at any recycling site with the exception of asbestos. Asbestos is only accepted by Kirkstall recycling site by appointment only. Please call 0113 214 3639 for information and charges.​

How many items will you take?

A collection can be for up to 4 items or 10 bags of garden waste (double bagged and same waste that would go in a brown bin)

If a customer is on a garden waste route, they cannot book a bulky to remove garden waste

Do not add any items that we are not aware of as they will not be collected

Items that will absorb water need to be covered and kept dry so they don't get too heavy to collect - e.g. upholstered items, sofas, mattresses, bed bases, carpets.

Carpets - must be rolled up and taped or bagged. Each roll or bag counts as one item. No loose carpet pieces will be accepted

Items must not be contaminated with any other items such as loose or wet waste

Wardrobes or loose wood should be dismantled with no nails sticking out and secured in manageable sized bundles including large twigs or branches

Any glass should be removed (if this is not possible then it must be made safe with electrical tape or similar)

Mirrors or items containing mirrors will not be collected eg

Wardrobe with mirror attached. 

Items should not exceed 6' x 4' in size

Any bags must be the same size as black refuse sacks, double bagged and securely tied at the top

We do not collect general food waste or cardboard (put in green or black bin)

How many times can I use this service?

You are allowed up to 13 of these collections per year (on a 52 week rolling basis).

How do I dispose of hazardous waste?

​This includes batteries, low-energy light bulbs, household chemicals and some paints. Please take these items to your nearest recycling site. If you are unable to do so, please call us on 0113 222 4406 to see if we can help.

Please do not put these items into your black bin.

How do I dispose of asbestos?

Kirkstall Recycling Site accepts asbestos by appointment only. Please call 0113 3783030 for information and charges.

Where should I leave my items for collection?

Items should be left in a safe and accessible place as close as possible to whichever entrance is most accessible for the collection vehicle, but within the boundary of your property.

Items should be covered to protect them from weather especially soft furnishings, sofas and mattresses. Please note that items may not be collected if they are too heavy.

Sharp points or edges and loose pieces must be covered and secured for health and safety reasons. Sheets of glass must be bound and protected.

On your day of collection make sure any gates are unlocked, there are no cars on the drive and any dogs are inside the house or on a lead.

Will the crew take extra items on the day of collection?

The crew will only take the items listed for collection. If you change any items that are due to be collected, please contact us at least two days before collection is due.

If an item cannot be collected for any reason, for example it is contaminated, cannot be accessed, or has not been presented for collection, our operatives may take photographs for audit purposes.

Will you collect from an empty property?

​We will only collect from a property which is occupied. This is to ensure that the items are kept dry, and placed out for collection at the agreed time, and to prevent fly tipping. ​

I am a landlord - can I arrange a collection from one of my properties?

This service is only available to residents. You can get more information from the business waste link.

Business waste

Close