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Kerbside bulky waste collections begin

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Pre-booked kerbside collections of bulky waste are to restart in Gateshead from next week.  

The council's bulky waste collection service has been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic which led to a reduction in staff numbers and the necessity to divert staff to help maintain other essential services.  

Although the council's two household waste and recycling centres reopened this week, they are only receiving a limited range of materials due to the need to maintain social distancing. This means that many large household items such as cookers, carpets, furniture, building materials and large electrical items such as fridges cannot currently be disposed of. 

However, from Wednesday 13 May, Gateshead residents will be able to book online to dispose of large or heavy household items which they are currently unable to dispose of at a HWRC by booking a kerbside bulky waste collection. Collections begin from Monday 18 May.  

Councillor John Adams, Cabinet member for Housing, Transport and Environment says: "The restart of our bulky waste collection service offers residents another cost effective way to get rid of their household waste.  

"The coronavirus pandemic has meant we've had to focus all of our resources on maintaining essential services such as household waste and recycling collections. However, we know this service is important to residents, especially those who don't have access to a car, so we are delighted to be able to get it back up and running. 

"We can only currently take bookings online at present, and we will only be taking items which are listed on our web pages. It's also important to stress that our teams will not be able to enter anyone's home so if you book a collection then it's essential that your items for collections are placed outside.  

"There is the usual minimum charge of £16, but we've shown in the past that our service is not only the cheapest in the region, it is the cheapest in the UK. And, unlike unregistered waste collectors who advertise on social media, we can absolutely guarantee that we dispose of the waste correctly and won't dump it in a local beauty spot.  

"So far, the public in Gateshead have been very supportive of our efforts to manage their waste and help ensure the safety of employees. We really hope they can help support this latest effort to collect household waste."  

Book a bulky waste collection

 

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13 May 2020

Pre-booked kerbside collections of bulky waste are to restart in Gateshead from next week.  

The council's bulky waste collection service has been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic which led to a reduction in staff numbers and the necessity to divert staff to help maintain other essential services.  

Although the council's two household waste and recycling centres reopened this week, they are only receiving a limited range of materials due to the need to maintain social distancing. This means that many large household items such as cookers, carpets, furniture, building materials and large electrical items such as fridges cannot currently be disposed of. 

However, from Wednesday 13 May, Gateshead residents will be able to book online to dispose of large or heavy household items which they are currently unable to dispose of at a HWRC by booking a kerbside bulky waste collection. Collections begin from Monday 18 May.  

Councillor John Adams, Cabinet member for Housing, Transport and Environment says: "The restart of our bulky waste collection service offers residents another cost effective way to get rid of their household waste.  

"The coronavirus pandemic has meant we've had to focus all of our resources on maintaining essential services such as household waste and recycling collections. However, we know this service is important to residents, especially those who don't have access to a car, so we are delighted to be able to get it back up and running. 

"We can only currently take bookings online at present, and we will only be taking items which are listed on our web pages. It's also important to stress that our teams will not be able to enter anyone's home so if you book a collection then it's essential that your items for collections are placed outside.  

"There is the usual minimum charge of £16, but we've shown in the past that our service is not only the cheapest in the region, it is the cheapest in the UK. And, unlike unregistered waste collectors who advertise on social media, we can absolutely guarantee that we dispose of the waste correctly and won't dump it in a local beauty spot.  

"So far, the public in Gateshead have been very supportive of our efforts to manage their waste and help ensure the safety of employees. We really hope they can help support this latest effort to collect household waste."  

Book a bulky waste collection

 

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