Answers to Questions: Bulky Waste Collections

On 10 April 2016 the cost of a bulky waste collection increased from £15 for up to 3 items, with up to 2 additional items for £5 each, to £30 for up to 5 items – that is the minimum charge has doubled from £15 to £30. Given the number of residents that have been in touch about this, this price increase has come as a shock to some.

One of the most frequent issues that you contact us about is fly tipping, sometimes this is large scale fly-tipping in semi-rural areas, but often it is waste left in ‘back alleys’ or between flats that is not normally collectable.

We wanted to see if there had been a REDUCTION in the amount of collections requested since the price increase. There has – in the 8 months May-December 2016, 611 FEWER collections were requested from the Council since the price increase. (Though apparently the average number of items in each collection has increased.)

Obviously not all of these items will have been fly-tipped – no doubt many people have taken items to the nearest tip, however not everyone can do this easily.

We all know that Councils have to save money, and sometimes this mean increasing charges to residents – but we do need to find a balance between providing a good service and ensuring that the appearance of our local communities is not blighted by illegal fly-tipping.

Let us know what you think on the issue!