NEW arrangements have come into force for bulky waste collections across Cheshire West and Chester.
The service, expected to save £200,000 a year, replaces the three different schemes that operated in the former district council areas.
With a £15 charge (£10 concessions) for each item, the council says the new service is designed to promote reuse and recycling through voluntary furniture groups.
Bulky items that can be collected range from baths and bidets to wardrobes and washing machines.
Under the service, the council cannot collect builders rubble, car parts, domestic and garden waste, gas bottles, green houses and oil tanks.
Anything containing glass is outside the scheme.
The charge is made for each ‘unit’ with a maximum of four units collected per request.
A single item of furniture or a single electrical appliance counts as one unit although sets of items such as a three piece suite, a table and six dining chairs or carpet and underlay from one room count as just one unit.
People should check when they book their collection.
The concessionary rate of £10 per unit is available to householders in receipt of a state pension or council tax benefit.
After making a booking, occupiers will receive a collection date within 48 hours. Items must be made available outside the property and be easily accessible.
To arrange a collection or for further information, contact the council on 0300 123 7026.