As you may be aware, Glasgow City Council took the decision to introduce charges for removing bulky waste at a meeting of the Full Council in February 2020. This decision brings Glasgow into line with the vast majority of Scottish local authorities, where charging for uplifting bulky items is a standard feature of their waste management services.
Requiring householders to pay for large items to be collected is also consistent with the council’s new Resource and Recycling Strategy 2020-30 and ‘empowering Glasgow to become a zero-waste city’.
Charging aims to change the way citizens think about resources. By assigning value to bulky items we can encourage residents to reduce the amount of waste they produce or find other ways for items to be reused where possible. Extending the useful life of bulky items will help reduce Glasgow’s carbon footprint and help support the city’s aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
As a consequence of the pandemic, the introduction of a charging scheme for bulk uplifts has not progressed as planned, however, preparations are now being made for the introduction of charges on 5 July 2021.
Charges will be set at £35 for up to 10 standard bulky items and £35 for each large electrical item. Our standard rate per item is lower than 75% of other Scottish Local Authorities.
Residents can request the service via the MyGlasgow App or by using the online request form on the council’s website at www.glasgow.gov.uk/bulkywaste.
We will also provide a limited phone line 3 days a week for those residents who cannot access the internet.
After making a bulk service request, residents will be directed to payment and then given an appointment day for uplift and will be advised where to present their waste.
Full details of how to request this service, what we do and don’t collect and how to present items will be available on the website at www.glasgow.gov.uk/bulkywaste.
We continue to have strong partnerships arrangements with Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) across the city, and the council has provided Housing Associations (HAs) with free access to our Household Waste Recycling Centres to dispose of their resident’s waste. This option will remain in place for those HAs that wish to continue with their current arrangements and will be reviewed in March 2022.
Residents can also continue to dispose of waste at our Household Waste Recycling Centres, and if items are in good condition, residents can also use Zero Waste Scotland’s National Re-use Tool and donate these items to charity. https://wasteless.zerowastescotland.org.uk/articles/reuse-tool
Where we currently service bulk chambers in multi-story properties we will continue to do so at no charge until early August and those organisations currently receiving this service are being advised.
An announcement will be made on the council’s social media channels and website to advise residents about changes to the service. We have requested our RSL partners to support us by also communicating this information to their residents in their newsletters and their own social media channels.