Bulky Household Waste - a fair price?

I am looking forward to the Sustainable Environment Overview Panel tomorrow as there is an item on the agenda which I asked to be looked at nearly 2 years ago! The issue is Bulky household waste. If you have a suitable car you can get rid of bulky household waste easily at the Millhams rd facility, in fact if you live nearer Christcurch you can make use of theirs instead. Use of the tip for those with a car is pretty much unlimited. Lots of people go every month. However if you do not have a car what can you do? The council offer a collection service but it costs £39.77 for up to 3 items.

In Boscombe, through Neighbourhood Management funding there has been a free service in previous years. Though still in place it is only for a few roads now ( and available to those on certain benefits in a slightly larger area) . This gives 2 collections of 3 up to 3 items per year, Then you are back to the 39.77 again...

Te report for scrutiny looks at other area's,
West Dorset - 1-3 items £15 then £6 for each additional item
East Dorset - 24 for 1 item 29 for 2 items 34 for 3 items 44 for 5 items more than 5 items up to a lorry load is £49
Christchurch full load only (transit van) 5-10 items £40
New Forest1-6 items £25
Southampton - 10 items £25

these are all nearby and dont make us look too extortionate - though we are still the most expensive at 39.77 for 3 items

Looking further afield however, and at similar sized towns I picked these at random...

Hastings £15 for 3 items
Bristol £15 for 3 items - free twice a year if on benefits
Norwich£15 for 3 items
Walsall 12.50 for 3 items

I am starting to see a pattern!

So thats why I am looking forward to the meeting, to ask why we have the most expensive bulky household waste collection service I can find, and to call for us to bring in a reasonable charge of £15 for 3 items and a service that brings some equality to those without access to a car!


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