Some councils in Northern Ireland have suspended collection of bulky waste. Check with your local council to see which services they are currently operating.
If your council is not operating this service, store your waste bulky items in a secure, dry place until such times as collections resume. Consider reusing or repairing the item if possible.
Authorised waste collection
If you give your waste to someone else for disposal, you must make sure they are authorised to take it. You must only give waste to:
- local council waste services
- council-authorised waste contractor
- licensed private waste operator
- registered waste carrier
Donating appliances to charities
Some local traders or charities may accept appliances in good working order.
If a local trader offers to collect and dispose of your appliance, you must check they will dispose of it legally.
Fly-tipping is illegal. Dumped refrigerators and freezers are hazardous to children or pets who may be harmed or become trapped inside.
It also diverts precious resources away from other important services, putting additional pressure on our essential waste workers.
Report waste crime
It is a criminal offence to dump or burn waste where it's not allowed, or allow others to do this.
- harms the environment
- creates a human health hazard
- detracts from an area
If you notice or suspect waste crime, you can report this.