A 35% increase in the amount of bulky waste collected over the past four years has prompted Bolsover District Council to undertake a review of its Bulky Waste Collection Service.
The Council is one of the few local authorities who provide this service free of charge, but spiralling costs, a significant increase in the amount of collections made and the need to recycle more waste has resulted in the review.
Over 23,000 bulky waste collections were undertaken during 2007/08, compared to 15,000 in 2004/05 and as a result a new charging system will be introduced from 1st April 2009 as follows:
General Bulkies – 1-3 items £10; 4-6 items £15; 7-9 items £20; 10+ items a quote will be made with a minimum charge of £30Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) – 1 item £10; 2 items £15 ; 3 items £20; 4 items £25; 5 items £30
Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Dennis Kelly said, “The bulky waste scheme is very popular and this decision has not been taken lightly. But people are starting to abuse the scheme and it is having a huge impact on our resources and the quality of the service we can provide.
“We are confident that the new revised service will provide a better, more cost effective service to our customers and enable us to meet government recycling targets. The money saved from this scheme will be ploughed back into improving the recycling and waste projects.”
The Council will now look to encourage more people to recycle their waste and unwanted items instead of just sending it to the landfill. The introduction of the new Household Waste Recycling Centre in Bolsover has also provided an alternative option for people to take their unwanted items to be recycled and disposed of correctly.’
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