Before putting any bulky items outside, please leave them in the house and consider whether they can be reused.
Local Reuse Organisations
Did you know there are a number of organisations within the Falkirk Council area who will uplift bulky items for reuse?
The Sustainable Falkirk Map has information on local organisations that can uplift bulky items for reuse.
Use Community Resources Network Scotland to find local organisations to donate unwanted items to, to give them a new lease of life.
National re-use line
National re-use line is a service that puts you in contact with re-use organisations that can collect from your area. Allowing you to pass on household items to be used again. The re-use line works with community based re-use organisations, local authorities and partners across Scotland to provide you with the contact details of the re-use organisations that can collect from your area.
For more information on the re-use organisations that can collect from where you live, please visit the National re-use line.
What can and can't be collected by the National re-use line?
- Sofas and armchairs (fire regulation tags must be attached)
- Beds and mattresses (fire regulation tags must be attached)
- Wardrobes and chest of drawers
- Dining furniture
- Fridges and freezers (no food), electric cookers, washing machines and tumble dryers
- Items which are soiled, ripped, damaged or not working
- Items that have been left outside
- No fire labels on fabric/material items
- Gas appliances of any kind
- Bulky style televisions
- Large wall units
- Fridge Freezer containing food
These items will be collected from inside your property. You will need to contact each re-use organisation to see what they will accept.
What is the National re-use line?
The National re-use line is funded by Zero Waste Scotland and ensures that you can find an alternative way to dispose your unwanted items, whilst helping your local community and reducing the volume of waste sent to landfill. Through this service, the Council and Zero Waste Scotland aim to encourage householders to donate their unwanted re-usable items by contacting a re-use organisation that can collect you’re your area. Simply visit Zero Waste Scotland to find who collects from your area.
Why use the National re-use line?
- It's a collection service for re-usable items which is often free.
- You'll be benefiting your local community and charitable organisations by supporting employment and volunteering opportunities.
- You'll be helping to reduce the amount of items being sent to landfill, reducing the environmental impact of waste.
Our bulky uplift service
We offer a service to collect bulky household items that are too big to fit into a wheeled bin, black box, cannot be transported to one of our recycling centres or donated through the National re-use phone line.
How much does it cost?
From 01 April 2020 each household is entitled to one free bulky uplift within a 12 month period from the date of first request. Subsequent bulky uplifts will be charged at £30 per uplift. We will accept a maximum of 5 items per uplift from outside the front of the property.
How to request a bulky uplift
You can also call us directly on:
What can and can't be collected by our bulky uplift service
- Fridges/freezers (empty)
- Furniture such as wardrobes/tables
- Mirrored wardrobe door (mirror taped)
- Beds (divans, bed bases, mattresses etc)
- Washing machines
- Tied bundles of twigs and branches
- Tied bundles of wood (4ft length – nails removed)
- Wooden fence panels (up to 6ft length – nails removed)
- Carpets, rugs and lino (tied bundles)
- Large toys, bikes and golf clubs
- Prams and pushchairs
- Vacuum cleaner/hoover
- Iron board
- Tumble drier
- Metal BBQ
- Adults bike
- Kids bike
- Kids scooter
- Computer chair
- Dining table and chairs set
- High chair
- Windows and doors
- Tyres (maximum of 2 tyres per uplift)
- Wooden flooring (tied bundles)
- Bathroom suites
- Storage heaters (bricks must be removed)
- Vehicle parts
- Kitchen units and worktops
- Disused radiators and plumbing materials
- Stereo / speakers
- Bagged materials such as black bagged excess waste
- Bricks, slabs, builder's rubble
- Garden sheds
- DIY and demolition debris
- Gas cylinders
- Rabbit hutch/run
Please refer to the more detailed list on MyFalkirk when requesting your bulky uplift.
Some materials not accepted as part of the bulky uplift service can be taken to our recycling centres.
Frequently asked questions
- How can I organise a bulky uplift?
- Where should I leave my items for collection?
- Can items be collected from inside my house?
- Can I add to my bulky uplift order?
- How do I pay for a bulky uplift?
- What happens to the items once they are collected?
- Is there any discount on the cost for a bulky uplift if I am an OAP or unemployed?
- What day will my bulky uplift take place?
- I never used my free bulky uplift, am I still entitled to it?
- Will you uplift DIY materials?
How can I organise a bulky uplift?
You can book a bulky uplift by completing the online request form or you can call us on 01324 506070.
You must tell us all of the items you would like us to uplift.
You are limited to 5 items for each uplift.
Where should I leave my items for collection?
You will be asked where the items will be left for collection when you book a bulky uplift.
Your items must be grouped together in an accessible location by 6:30am on the day of the uplift. The preferred collection point would be the front of your property
Take care not to block access to buildings and bin stores with your items.
Can items be collected from inside my house?
Items need be accessible for the collection team and must presented outside the house. At the time booking you will be asked to state where the items will be left for collection.
Can I add to my bulky uplift order?
Yes. If you wish to add items, you must tell us 48 hours before your confirmed bulky uplift collection date.
You are limited to 5 items for each uplift.
How do I pay for a bulky uplift?
You will be asked to pay for your bulky uplift at the time of booking. This can be done using the online order form.
You can pay by cash at any of our Advice and Support Hubs or by debit card by calling 01324 506070 (Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 8:30pm).
What happens to the items once they are collected?
The items we collect will be separated to ensure they are reused, recycled or composted as much as possible.
Is there any discount on the cost for a bulky uplift if I am an OAP or unemployed?
What day will my bulky uplift take place?
Each area has an allocated collection day for bulky uplifts.
Each area has an allocated collection day for bulky uplifts. All bulky uplifts must be requested no later than 12:30pm the day before your area's allocated collection day. Where possible please request your bulky uplift a few days before the scheduled collection day.
We will endeavour to collect your uplift on the next scheduled uplift day, depending on demand, we cannot guarantee this will be achieved. Please present your items ready for collection on the allocated day.
If your request is not completed, please ensure your uplift is available on the same day the following week. If your uplift is still remains outstanding after 2 weeks, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org quoting your bulky uplift reference.
Bo'ness and Blackness*
Grangemouth and Skinflats*
Stenhousemuir, Carronshore, Airth, Letham, Dunmore and South Alloa
Bonnybridge, High Bonnybridge, Greenhill, Larbert and Torwood
Bainsford, Middlefield, Grahamston, Langlees and Carron
Camelon, Tamfourhill, Hallglen, Glen Village, Bantaskine, Woodlands, Princes Park and Lionthorn
Laurieston, Polmont, Redding, Westquarter, Redding and Brightons
Maddiston, Slamannan, Whitecross, Rumford, California, Avonbridge, Standburn, Wallacestone and Shieldhill
Denny, Dunipace, Haggs, Longcroft, Banknock and Head of Muir
*If you live in Bo'ness, Blackness, Grangemouth or Skinflats please request your bulky uplift before 12:30pm on the Friday before your allocated collection day. Any requests logged after 12:30pm on Friday will be collected on Monday, the following week.
I never used my free bulky uplift, am I still entitled to it?
The entitlement is for one free bulky uplift per property in a rolling 12 month period. If you move into a house and the free uplift has already been used, any bulky uplift requests will be chargeable
Will you uplift DIY materials?
Yes. Please refer to the detailed accepted material list.