ECCO bulky reuse scheme
We have partnered with local charity ECCO to offer a bulky waste reuse scheme.
Donating items for reuse is not only good for the environment but can help the local community too - something you no longer need can still be used by someone else.
If you think you have an item(s) that can be reused and are happy for us to refer the booking on to ECCO, please complete the reuse form.
ECCO will then contact you within two working days and visit you to find out if the item can be reused.
If the items can be reused, it will be collected for free and donated to their charity shops, where it may be sold and the proceeds invested back in to the local community.
Some of the items that ECCO may collect are furniture, electrical items, bric-a-brac and household items.
All items are checked for suitability for reuse and electrical items are also tested for electrical safety.
We offer a bulky collection service to pick up unwanted household items.
Electrical items, such as washing machines, fridges, fridge freezers, ovens, microwaves, vacuum cleaners and computers can be recycled and so are free to book.
Non-electrical items, such as furniture and smaller household items, which are not recycled by us are chargeable for collection.
The charge per booking depends on the quantity and type of items. If there is a charge for collection then this will need to be paid at time of booking.
If you want to cancel a booking please read the refund procedure for bookings.
The following prices all include VAT:
- 1 to 5 items £25
- 6 to 8 items £37.50
- 9 to 12 items £54.18
- 13 to 16 items £70.86
- Electrical items are free to book
If you have different items for collection, you may have more than one collection date.
Alternatively you can book through Contact Harlow.
Other disposal options
There are other recycling and selling sites available and some are free to list:
- Freecycle.org - Harlow
- Freegle Group - Harlow
- Trash nothing
- Donate old bikes to riders in developing countries through the Re-Cycle scheme - this scheme has a drop-off point in Harlow
- For eye glasses try Vision Aid Overseas - this scheme has a few drop off points in Harlow
- For old tools, consider Tools for Self Reliance
- Local Facebook selling sites
Check waste carrier licence
If you do not use the council and instead use a company or individual to take away your household waste, you need to make sure they have a waste carrier licence.
Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, anyone who books someone to take away household waste, which is then fly-tipped, could be fined up to £5,000.
Until items are taken to a landfill or recycling site, they are the householder’s responsibility.