Bulky waste collections to be reintroduced

27 May 2020

Bulky waste collections are to be re-introduced in a limited form in South Lakeland after they were suspended at the end of March.

Right2Work (R2W), the council's partner in providing the service, will be available for collections of large household items likes electrical goods and furniture. Bookings can be taken again by calling South Lakeland District Council on 01539 733 333 from Monday (1 June)

It has been necessary to introduce some temporary changes because of the coronavirus pandemic. Residents are being asked to note that:

  • Collections will only be possible from outside the house;
  • R2W operatives will not be able to enter properties (This is to reduce the risk to the R2W staff, and also to householders by reducing any risk of R2W operatives carrying the infection from inside one property to another);
  • Although collections will be from Monday to Friday, due to access restrictions at Kendal Fell waste transfer station there won’t be an option for evening or Saturday collections;
  • Collections cannot be made from a property where somebody has been in isolation during the previous two weeks.

Councillor Eric Morrell, SLDC’s portfolio holder for Customer and Commercial Services, said: “We understand that the postponement of bulky waste collections in South Lakeland has been inconvenient for residents but it was the right thing to do as part of the coronavirus lockdown. Now, after discussions between all the partners involved in providing this service, we are confident it is safe for residents and staff to bring it back, albeit in a limited form for the moment.

"All of this is of course subject to any national guidance or other changes and the service will be reviewed weekly as the situation evolves."

The list of what can be collected is unchanged: large household items: collections list

A single collection, of up to three items, costs £31. Extra items cost £8 per item, up to a maximum of 10 items

Normally, all the items R2W collect are repaired, if possible, and offered for sale but for the moment all collected waste will go through waste disposal streams, which will vary depending on the type of item.