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Bulky waste collections help householders tidy up their homes

FROM mattresses to sofas and fridges to garden tools, the people of Swansea are having grand clear-outs of their homes during the lockdown.

Bulky Waste

Council bulky waste collections are running at around 150 a week after the service emerged from lockdown.

And now residents are taking the opportunity to tidy up their homes safely with a bit of help from the council service.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Enhancement and Infrastructure Management, said the return of the bulky waste service and the re-opening of recycling centres had been a big success.

"Our refuse and waste teams have been doing a brilliant job throughout the pandemic maintaining the kerbside recycling service and now these two extra services as well.

"The range of items being collected from people's homes by the bulky waste team suggests that families staying at home due to the lockdown are taking the opportunity to clear the clutter from their attics and garden sheds."

Sofas, mattresses, fridges, freezers, washing machines and ageing garden furniture have all been on residents' 'to-go' list. The bulky waste service has also introduced a new scheme which allows residents to dispose of a higher number of smaller items that can't be disposed of via the usual kerbside collection scheme such as medium-sized electrical, hard plastic furniture and bags of clothing.

While the Tip Treasures shop remains closed as much of the bulky waste as possible will be recycled.

Cllr Thomas said: "Our services are here for the people of Swansea. When it comes to bulky waste collections we are putting measures in place that keep both our staff and the public safe. So we urge customers who are thinking of booking a bulky waste collection to check out the website and read the instructions carefully.

"We'd like to thank residents for their support and patience. It is not straightforward to re-start services under new arrangements but people have played their part in helping us to help them."

Among the changes introduced for the resumed bulky waste collection service is a rule that social distancing between residents and the team collecting the waste must be maintained.

Householders should not book if a member of the household is or has been displaying symptoms of coronavirus within seven days before booking the service or is self-isolating due to close contact with someone suspected of having Covid-19.

Items must be placed at the kerbside the night before or morning of scheduled collection and covered to keep dry if necessary.

Bulky waste collection bookings can be made here: https://www.swansea.gov.uk/bookbulkcollection

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