The bulky waste collection service was temporarily stopped to allow the council’s waste contractor, Biffa, to prioritise the important kerbside household collections while members of their waste collection crews were off sick or self-isolating. Biffa has now built up sufficient resilience in its workforce and can now provide the paid-for service again. The situation is being regularly monitored and residents should be aware that if staffing levels fall the service may need to be suspended again.
With household waste recycling centres still closed, along with charity shops and their donation banks, there are fewer places to dispose of unwanted items that do not fit into kerbside collections.
The council has issued a warning to anybody tempted to fly-tip – this includes leaving rubbish next to litter bins – that they will investigate and prosecute anyone found to be responsible.
If residents decide to pay someone to dispose of their waste they need to check the person they are employing is a registered waste carrier and make sure they are provided with a waste transfer note to state where the rubbish is being taken from and to. More information is on SODCs waste removal page.
Residents can put out extra recycling that can’t fit in the bin if it’s left in a cardboard box or in a clear bag next to the green bin. Food waste is collected every week, again if there is too much for the bin then residents can leave extra in a bag on top of the food waste bin.
For detail on the restarted service see SODC’s Bulky waste collections page.
In essence, it is a paid-for service costing £40 for up to three items – and £8 per additional item, up to a maximum of six items. Orders must be made online using credit or debit cards for payment.
Examples of items collected:
- furniture (such as sofas, chairs, and tables)
- washing machines
- fridges and freezers – household only (not ones made for commercial use.
The council cannot collect any type of commercial waste or DIY waste.