Calderdale residents to pay £10 for furniture removal

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The council is to reintroduce a charge for collecting bulky houshold waste like furniture and carpets because a small proportion of people have been abusing the free system.

There was a dramatic reduction in bulky collections in 2005 - 2007 when a charge was in place.

But since it was scrapped, the number of requests for a free service has risen to getting on for 25,000 a year, which costs Calderdale Council about £480,000 to handle.

During one six month period nearly one in 10 households requested free collections and nearly half of these made repeat requests, Calderdale Council Cabinet was told.

“In my view some householders have been taking advantage of the system because it’s free,” said Coun Barry Collins (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden).

It is estimated that a £10 fees will bring in about £300,000 a year for the council but a charge of £15 would be needed to cover the entire cost of the collection service.

Householders wanting fridges and freezers removed already have to pay £18.30 for the safe disposal and other free standing indoor items cost £48.

The council offers a free collection serivce for bulky household waste and free standing items left behind as a result of moving house.