Concessions

We offer a free service to collect bulky household items that are too big to fit into a wheeled bin and cannot be transported to one of our recycling centres.

Is the item worth being reused?

Reusing waste is better than recycling because it:

  • saves the raw materials and energy needed to make a new one
  • is one less item to transport

Pass it on - Furniture charities, charity shops, and the community

Furniture reuse organisations such as Furniture Plus or Castle Furniture will collect reusable furniture items free of charge from your house and prepare them for reuse.

Charity shops also take a wide range of goods for reuse and you can pass on and collect items for free from some online websites. You can find out more details at the links below (these will take you to external websites).

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) - Free Bulky Collection Service

Introduction

From 31 January 2024, new legislation from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) comes into effect with Fife Council, Waste Operations, regarding the storage and disposal of waste upholstered domestic seating, containing Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). POPs are poisonous chemical substances that break down slowly and get into food chains. As a result, from 15 January 2024, this type of waste will be collected and processed to be in line with the new regulations.

In the past POPs were used in various products including pesticides and industrial chemicals and released during chemical and agricultural processes. The manufacture, sale and use of products containing POPs is now banned.

Effect on Fife Council

As a collection authority, this legislation affects the way Fife Council collects and stores materials that may contain POPs. Changes have been implemented to the way our waste streams that may contain POPs are collected from residents. Changes have also been made to the way this waste is stored and processed. Fife Council have put their own changes in place to ensure the safe disposal and incineration of waste that may contain POPs at their sites.

Items That May Contain POPs

Waste domestic seating, is any item of seating, of a household type, from households that is waste, this includes any part made of, or containing leather, synthetic leather, other fabric, or foam. Below is a list of common upholstered domestic seating that may contain POPs:

  • Armchair
  • Armchair (Recliner)
  • Chair upholstered (Not Armchair)
  • Couch – Non-Recliner or Corner Couch
  • Couch - Recliner
  • Garden Furniture Upholstered
  • Pouffe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Stool Upholstered

Bulky Collections Containing POPs

The Bulky Waste Collection Service will still take place as normal, however, from 15 January 2024 customers are asked to tape up any items that may contain POPs, that are damaged, ripped or torn and if possible, cover them with non-returnable sheeting or a tarp when they are presented kerbside for collection.

Has your collection been missed?

If you think your collection has been completely or partially missed and it is now after 9pm on your collection date, use the “Missed Bulky Collection” form to inform us.

Once you have reported a Missed Bulky Collection we aim to return for your items within 5 working days. Please leave them at the original pick-up location. If there is a known reason for your items not being uplifted, a member of our team will contact you.

Need to cancel your Bulky Uplift booking?

You can cancel your booking using the Cancel a bulky uplift form, however, you cannot change your booking. This is because resources will already have been allocated to your request.