Unwanted bulky household items can now be collected from inside properties thanks to a new waste collection service.
Bolton Community Transport and Furniture Services (BCTFS), who won Bolton Council’s bulky household waste collection contract last month, can collect items from inside properties, rather than picking up the goods from outside.
They will also collect additional items such as cookers and dishwashers which were previously not part of the collection service.
If goods are reusable or repairable, BCTFS will then make them available to low income households from their three outlets in Bolton and Farnworth.
Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Cllr Nick Peel, said: “This new contract will bring improvements for our residents. It means that we are now able to collect additional items including cookers, washers, dryers and dishwashers.
“BCTFS will also collect from inside properties where required, which will assist residents who may struggle to move the items.
“It will also increase the amount of items that can be reused for the benefit of Bolton residents.”
BCTFS’ Chief Executive, Diane Firth, added: “We’re delighted to win this contract with our local council.
“We need access to the reusable waste in order to pass it on to low income households and people in crisis; and we think Bolton Council sees the benefit of this, and of the social value we bring by providing workplace and training opportunities to disadvantaged adults.”
BCTFS is a member of the Furniture Re-use Network. Helen Middleton, from the network, said: “Ten million furniture and electrical appliances are thrown away each year in the UK.
“We need access to these unwanted `waste’ items. As local authorities are under increasing pressure to cut budgets, working with the Furniture Re-use Network will help to reduce both their waste and their welfare bills. It’s common-sense.”