People on the NHS shielding list are being offered the service for free
The council and contractors SERCO previously suspended the service after deciding to prioritise weekly waste and recycling collections during the coronavirus crisis. The decision helped them deal with staff shortages and an increased amount of waste which were caused by the outbreak.
Residents will now be able to have large items like furniture, fridges and washing machines picked up for a fee. There is a flat rate of £43 for the first three items and an additional charge of £11 for each additional object.
However, people on the NHS shielding list will be offered the service for free throughout the shielding period, which will last until the end of June at least.
Collections are carried out five days a week and can booked over the phone or online.
“I’m really pleased to announce our Council is now bringing back the bulky waste collection service from 1 June,” said Councillor Damian White, Leader of Havering Council.
“This follows the return of the garden waste collections at the end of April and the reopening of Gerpins Lane reuse and recycling centre earlier in May.
“To help people that are part of the NHS shielding group and unable to go out of their homes, our Council will now be offering them a free service. This is just one of the ways that we are trying to support everyone across our communities.
“I would like to thank all the staff involved within the waste collection service, they have made lockdown possible. Thank you on behalf of the borough.”
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