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Newark and Sherwood District Council is to reduce the bulky waste and white goods collection charges

There will be a cut in the charge to take white goods away.

Newark and Sherwood District Council's leisure and environment committee voted to cut the bulky waste and white goods collection charges to make the scheme more attractive to residents and hopefully reduce flytipping.

Members heard that to offer the service free would result in a shortfall of £84,000 and dramatically increase the demand for the service, which could double the cost of running it to £168,000.

Fridges found dumped in Newark and Sherwood. (22112308)
Fridges found dumped in Newark and Sherwood. (22112308)

It was therefore decided that as well as offering the free collection of white goods during three planned Days of Action for 2020, with dates to be confirmed, that the cost of the service be reduced to £14 to £13 for the first item, and from £8 to £7 for subsequent items for both bulky waste and white goods.

This would make the charges the cheapest in Nottinghamshire.

It is hoped the reduction in costs, and plans to offer free collection during the Days of Action, will prevent residents from paying someone to take their white goods away, who might then flytip them.

Members heard that leaving goods out for collection by scrap dealers would not solve the problem.

Committee member Mrs Donna Routledge said: "There's a lot of people who think they are doing the right thing by leaving white goods for the scrapman, but don't realise that leaving things in the garden for the scrapman will be stripped and the rest flytipped.

"We need a flyer to tell people these services are available, and what they're doing is contributing to the flytipping problem."


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