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In the news: Bulky waste collection price changes from April bookings

Bulky waste collection bookings are now open for April - when charges will be changing to remove the subsidy on the service from council taxpayers.

The decision agreed during a Cabinet meeting back in January means the price of collection of up to five bulky waste items has now become £30, with the collection of six to ten items costing £50.

The previous arrangements for special collections meant collection of up to five items costed residents £11, whilst the collection of up to ten items costed £22. This made Basildon's the lowest charges across Essex by a significant margin, and whilst it has been agreed to increase the charges, they will still be significantly cheaper than other Essex authorities.

Every booking for a bulky waste collection at the previous pricing model was subsidised by the council, meaning the charge does not cover the costs of delivering the service. This has limited the ability to adjust capacity to meet an increase in demand for the service, as doing so would increase the cost for taxpayers.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Carbon Reduction, Councillor Kevin Blake said: "These new charges for bulky waste collections will still make us significantly cheaper than other Essex local authorities, but they also make the service sustainable in the long term. Other authorities in Essex charge up to £148.00 for the collection of ten items.

"Last year the council removed 56,000 items from over 14,000 bookings - we need to recycle much more of these items to meet our environmental objectives.

"We will now be able to dedicate resources to sorting recyclable bulky waste materials and promoting and implementing reuse and repair avenues for items collected. This will help to reduce the amount of material going to landfill and aid in our climate change ambitions."

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Published on Wednesday 22 March 2023