Start date given for free waste collection

PCC refuse staff Kamil Mazur and Rob Reed at Normanton Road for  start of free large items refuse collection. EMN-170930-180900009
PCC refuse staff Kamil Mazur and Rob Reed at Normanton Road for start of free large items refuse collection. EMN-170930-180900009
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Free bulky waste collections return in Peterborough next month, seven years after they were removed by the city council.

The three month trial will attempt to bring down the high levels of fly-tipping in the city.

The trial takes place from December 11, 2017 to March 9, 2018. Initially the council will make more than 1,000 free collections during the first month of the trial with a daily limit of up to 52 households.

Across the second and third months a daily limit of 26 collections will be in place, although this could be increased based on demand. Households will be allowed one free collection during the trial of up to 10 items, including mattresses, fridge freezers, white goods and furniture.

Residents will be able to phone 01733 747474 to book a bulky waste collection from Monday, December 4 until March 5. Evidence will be collected to assess the impact the trial has on the number of fly-tipping incidents which will then be reviewed by councillors later in 2018.

Cllr Gavin Elsey, cabinet member for waste and street scene, said: “By introducing this free bulky waste trial we are playing our part in tidying up the city’s streets, but we need residents and businesses to help too. We’re also asking for all members of the public to alert us quickly of fly-tipping incidents by dialling 01733 747474 or reporting online via our website.”

It currently costs £23.50 to have bulky waste collected.