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Special uplifts

Customer Services

Telephone: Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm Thursday 8am to 8pm Saturday 9am to noon

Address: Council Headquarters Newtown St Boswells Melrose TD6 0SA

Tel: 0300 100 1800

Community recycling centres

A sofa and bed on the street outside a house

If you need to dispose of large household items (such as old beds or sofas) which will not fit in your bin, you can arrange a special uplift.

A maximum of 5 items can be collected at any one time (Note: a three piece suite will count as 3 items).

Find out what we can and cannot collect.


Collection of up to 5 items - £30.00.

Changes and cancellations

You can change or cancel your booking up to 12 noon on the day before the uplift by calling 0300 100 1800. Cut off times and collection days for each area are shown in the table below.

Collection days

Area Collection day Changes and cancellations cut off
Galashiels Monday Friday - 12 noon
Duns Tuesday Monday - 12 noon
Peebles Wednesday Tuesday - 12 noon
Hawick, Jedburgh and Kelso Thursday
Wednesday - 12 noon

Items must be left at your usual refuse collection point by 7:30 am on the day the collection has been arranged.

Alternative disposal options

You can dispose of household items and other waste free of charge at your local community recycling centre.

You may also wish to consider if the item you want to dispose of could be accepted at a charity shop or by a local furniture reuse organisation. Charity shops and organisations that accept large furniture in The Scottish Borders are:

  • Berwickshire Furniture Restoration Co Ltd, Showroom, Earlsmeadow, Duns TD11 3AQ - 01361 884886.
  • PDSA 64 Channel Street, Galashiels, TD1 1BA - 01896 759881.
  • Home Basics, 2 Annfield Mills, Teviot Cresecent, Hawick TD9 9PS - 01450 363974
  • Home Basics, Unit 7, Tweedvale Mills East, Walkerburn EH43 6AB - 01896 870455
  • St Margaret's orf Scotland Hospice, 34 Channel Street, Galashiels TD1 1BA - 01896 751188.

Furniture being donated may need to meet certain safety standards or regulations, please ask the organisation you are considering donating to for further information.

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  1. Special uplifts (current page)
  2. What we can and cannot collect


Scottish Borders Council

Council Headquarters Newtown St. Boswells Melrose TD6 0SA

Tel: 0300 100 1800


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