Cost Of 'Re-Use' Recycling Service Reduced

Collection of re-usable items now the same as Bulky Waste

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Cost Of 'Re-Use' Recycling Service Reduced

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The Council has reduced the cost of its 're-use' service which enables residents to have unwanted furniture, appliances and other items collected, refurbished and passed on to people who need them. 'Re-use' items can now be collected for the same price as a 'Bulky Waste' pick-up.

'Re-use' stops items being thrown away. Instead they are collected separately and made available at affordable prices to low-income households.

Under a new partnership agreement with recycling service Resco, the cost to residents of having items collected has dropped from £21 to £16.50 for up to four items. Additional items will be collected for £7.50 each. This now matches the cost of the council’s bulky waste collection service, so there is no longer any cost incentive to have items suitable for re-use collected for disposal.

Resco also runs a programme in which people in long-term unemployment are given training and experience in roles such as warehousing, deliveries and customer services. 

Residents can request for a mix of any of the items below to be collected for re-use:

  • Home furniture including sofas, tables, chests of drawers and cupboards
  • Large appliances and white goods including fridges, washing machines and cookers
  • Small electricals: almost anything with a plug including TVs (flat screen only), audio and computer equipment, kettles and toasters
  • Textiles: curtains, carpets, bed linen, clothes
  • Bicycles
  • Children's equipment including prams, cots and toys
  • Garden tools and equipment including lawn mowers, forks, spades.
  • Beds (but not mattresses)

To be suitable for re-use, items do not have to be in full working order but they must be in good cosmetic condition. Items that need refurbishment will be delivered to the Re:Work repair workshop in Smugglers Way, Wandsworth.

To book a collection, visit the website, or call (020) 3405 4859.


September 1, 2015