Council urges residents to use its competitive Bulky Waste service when disposing of large items

Posted on: 5 April 2019

The council’s Street Scene team would like to raise awareness amongst residents of its Bulky Waste service, which provides a collection for household items that are too large for the regular kerbside waste collections.

Typical examples of items collected include most freestanding items, or furniture that can be safely carried between two people and normally taken if moving house such as fridges, freezers or sofas, etc. It’s a fantastic service for residents where it’s impractical to transport over-sized items to their nearest recycling centre themselves.

At £21 for the first item and £10 for each additional item thereafter, the cost of the service offers great value for money compared with private waste carriers, not to mention peace of mind in ethical terms – anyone using the council’s Bulky Waste service can rest assured that all items collected are processed responsibly and legally. All items collected by the Street Scene team are taken to the Devon County Council-run recycling centres in Mid Devon, either Ashley or Punchbowl (whichever is operationally closest), where they are disassembled and the recyclable parts are sorted and sent for processing.

Anyone arranging a collection of items through a private company needs to ensure that the contractor holds a Waste Carrier’s Licence and they are certain that the waste will be disposed of legally. Receipts and contact details of the company used should also be retained.  Should any items be later found fly-tipped, the client may be held responsible if they haven’t made the appropriate checks.

The council’s Street Scene team investigates all incidents of fly-tipping reported in the district and takes appropriate action where evidence can be found to identify the offender. This can take the form of a fixed penalty being issued, or even prosecution.

The council’s Group Manager for Street Scene and Open Spaces Stuart Noyce said:

“Fly-tipping is not only illegal, it’s unsightly, harmful to our environment and ends up costing the taxpayer more to get it cleaned up. With sufficient evidence, we’ll always take action against individuals found guilty of blighting our communities and countryside in this way.

“We encourage residents to remain vigilant and to consider using our competitive service when disposing of household items, which are too large for their regular kerbside collection.”

For more information

To find out more, visit the council’s Bulky waste and Fly-tipping webpages. Fly-tipping can be reported to the Council on 01884 255255 or online at: https://www.middevon.gov.uk/ReportFlyTipping.

It should be noted that prosecutions can proceed, providing members of the public reporting incidents of fly-tipping are willing to provide a written statement in evidence.

Very large quantities of fly-tipped waste or incidents which might threaten to pollute a water course, should be reported to the Environment Agency via their hotline on 0800 807060.

To undertake a Waste Carriers License check on a private waste carrier, visit: https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers.

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