Demand for bulky waste collection has risen with its addition to Neath Port Talbot Council’s new online service.
The bulky waste service allows residents to get rid of any items that are too big for normal bin collections. Items as diverse as microwaves, dishwashers, chests of drawers, wardrobes and even bundles of wood have been picked up by the Council’s collection service in recent months.
More than 5,000 items of bulky waste were collected by Neath Port Talbot Council in the last three months. Many of these were white goods which would have been dumped years ago, but are now being recycled. Residents disposed of 385 fridges and freezers, 96 vacuum cleaners, 78 washing machines and 63 cookers among a host of other items.
The increase in demand for the service has coincided with a surge in the number of people booking bulky waste collections online, with more than 40% of bookings now being made this way.
Bulky waste collection is the latest addition to Neath Port Talbot Council’s Switch campaign unveiled in March. The campaign aims to help local residents save valuable time by accessing services online.
Cllr Ali Thomas OBE, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council said: “It’s great to see so many residents using our bulky waste collection service. While interest has grown in recent months, many people don’t realise that we offer such a service and that we can recycle their old and broken items.
“The fact that the service is available online is appealing for residents, with many requesting bulky waste collections this way.
“Several Council services are now online including paying for Council Tax, renewing library books and ordering parking permits. Further services are due to be added in the coming months and can be found on the Council’s website under the Switch logo.”
Bulky waste collections cost £20, and residents can also request replacement recycling equipment online such as recycling boxes and bags, food waste caddies and wheelie bins.
For more information about online services and to order a bulky waste collection visit www.npt.gov.uk