Bulky waste collections cheapest in the UK

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Research by the BBC has shown that north east councils are offering the cheapest bulky waste collections in the UK - with the Council's own figures suggesting that Gateshead is the cheapest in the region.

The BBC's Shared Data Unit gathered and analysed figures from almost 400 local councils across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and reported that householders in the south of England were paying on average three times as much as those in the North East.

Prices vary from council to council, but while Gateshead charges just £16 to collect 8 items, all other councils in the region charge more, and in the case of Northumberland it's a massive £48 more.

Even the removal of heavy items such as fridge freezers, washing machines and TV's costs Gateshead residents only £8.

And as a properly licensed waste disposal operator, Gateshead Council can also guarantee that none of the waste it collects will be dumped at a local beauty spot.

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Councillor John McElroy, Cabinet member for the Environment, says: "Cuts in Government funding has left the majority of councils with no choice but to charge for services which they used to offer for free, such as bulky waste removal.

"But you'd be totally wrong to think that Council collections are expensive because they are not. In fact, the BBC's own figures make it clear that people in Gateshead enjoy some of the cheapest waste disposal services in the whole of the UK.

"We are spending a lot of Council Tax payers money picking up fly tipping and prosecuting offenders.  We know from asking people why they have not disposed of their waste properly that there is a perception that the Councils bulky waste collection is expensive. It isn't. 

"Some of those who think Council waste collections are expensive will happily give £20 or more to some unlicensed cowboy they come across on Facebook. If only they realised that in many cases their local council is a lot cheaper, plus they won't just dump their rubbish in a hedge and then implicate them in a prosecution for fly tipping."

Under present legislation it is a criminal offence to ask someone to dispose of your rubbish without first checking that it will be disposed of correctly.

 "Legally, everyone has a duty of care over their rubbish, even if you think someone else is dealing with it," explains Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection.

"Not knowing what someone else has done with your rubbish is absolutely no defence."

If someone is offering to dispose of your waste cheaply, she added, then they probably aren't doing it legally.

"We know how much it costs," she says. "Waste disposal is expensive so we partly subsidise our service to help people to do the right thing, but the cowboys don't. So if anyone is offering cheap waste disposal then it's likely they are not intending to dispose of it legally."

See also: Company director fined after rubbish dumped in street

11 January 2019

Research by the BBC has shown that north east councils are offering the cheapest bulky waste collections in the UK - with the Council's own figures suggesting that Gateshead is the cheapest in the region.

The BBC's Shared Data Unit gathered and analysed figures from almost 400 local councils across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and reported that householders in the south of England were paying on average three times as much as those in the North East.

Prices vary from council to council, but while Gateshead charges just £16 to collect 8 items, all other councils in the region charge more, and in the case of Northumberland it's a massive £48 more.

Even the removal of heavy items such as fridge freezers, washing machines and TV's costs Gateshead residents only £8.

And as a properly licensed waste disposal operator, Gateshead Council can also guarantee that none of the waste it collects will be dumped at a local beauty spot.

Book a bulky waste collection

Councillor John McElroy, Cabinet member for the Environment, says: "Cuts in Government funding has left the majority of councils with no choice but to charge for services which they used to offer for free, such as bulky waste removal.

"But you'd be totally wrong to think that Council collections are expensive because they are not. In fact, the BBC's own figures make it clear that people in Gateshead enjoy some of the cheapest waste disposal services in the whole of the UK.

"We are spending a lot of Council Tax payers money picking up fly tipping and prosecuting offenders.  We know from asking people why they have not disposed of their waste properly that there is a perception that the Councils bulky waste collection is expensive. It isn't. 

"Some of those who think Council waste collections are expensive will happily give £20 or more to some unlicensed cowboy they come across on Facebook. If only they realised that in many cases their local council is a lot cheaper, plus they won't just dump their rubbish in a hedge and then implicate them in a prosecution for fly tipping."

Under present legislation it is a criminal offence to ask someone to dispose of your rubbish without first checking that it will be disposed of correctly.

 "Legally, everyone has a duty of care over their rubbish, even if you think someone else is dealing with it," explains Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection.

"Not knowing what someone else has done with your rubbish is absolutely no defence."

If someone is offering to dispose of your waste cheaply, she added, then they probably aren't doing it legally.

"We know how much it costs," she says. "Waste disposal is expensive so we partly subsidise our service to help people to do the right thing, but the cowboys don't. So if anyone is offering cheap waste disposal then it's likely they are not intending to dispose of it legally."

See also: Company director fined after rubbish dumped in street

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