Council Suspends Bulky Waste Collection Service

Another day – another reduction in services due to the pandemic!

If you have taken the opportunity during this latest lockdown to tackle some home DIY,  and you have lots of bulky items to dispose of – there’s some bad news this morning.

 To ensure that household waste and recycling collections are prioritised, East Suffolk Council and East Suffolk Norse have taken the decision to temporarily suspend the bulky waste collection service. which offers the collection and disposal of large items such as fridges, washing machines and sofas

Due to temporary staffing pressures, the service will be suspended from Friday 22 January. No new orders will be taken after this date however any existing orders will be fulfilled. The suspension of the bulky waste service  will ensure that more vehicles and crews are being used to collect household waste and recycling during the current restrictions.

Unfortunatly in my view this will inevitably lead to more fly tipping. – However – the councils message is that recyle centres ae still open for bookings – and if you use a private collection service, to be responsible with how you dispose of these items and check credentials carefully.

Cllr James Mallinder, cabinet member for the Environment said: “We appreciate suspending this service may cause some inconvenience however it is something we must do to ensure we can continue to deliver our essential refuse and recycling collections.

“Suffolk’s Recycling Centres remain open at this time and anyone wishing to dispose of unwanted household items can book a slot at their nearest centre. Alternatively, we would ask residents to store any large unwanted items until the bulky waste service resumes.

“We would also remind residents to be cautious if choosing to use a private waste removal company and to always check they are a licensed waste carrier. It is important to keep a record of the company or person’s name taking waste away on your behalf. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people who charge for removing household waste and then fly-tip it; householders have a ‘duty of care’ to do all they can to ensure their waste is disposed of properly.”

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