New Research Reveals Every UK Local Council Has Different Policy for Recycling and Removal of Unwanted Furniture

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No two councils across the UK have the same policy for removing bulky waste and unwanted furniture, according to research revealed today by Plumbs, the UK’s leading reupholstery specialists.

the UK sends more than half its waste to landfill

No two councils across the UK have the same policy for removing bulky waste and unwanted furniture, according to research revealed today by Plumbs, the UK’s leading re-upholstery specialists.

Extreme differences between policies were highlighted within the research, which found some council policies charging as much as £20 for the removal of a single item, compared with other boroughs which offered free removal for up to five items.

The research is part of Plumbs' bid to get the nation to consider reupholstering and repairing furniture instead of simply discarding it.

Birmingham, Bradford, Leicester, Lincoln, Manchester, Liverpool, Oxford, Preston and Wakefield offer the free removal of unwanted furniture, but with varying restrictions on the number of items and in some cases, type of waste.

Worcester and Cambridge were revealed as the most expensive, charging £16.10 and £20 respectively for the removal of just one single item.

The cost to remove a fridge freezer also varied dramatically between councils, with Canterbury charging the most at £25 while others offered the service for free.

Discounts for those on income support, housing benefits and pension credits were offered by some councils and not by others and in some cases, the time of year affected a council’s policy. In Chester, collection is free during the months of March and April but for the rest of the year there is a charge of £15 per collection.

Chris Plumb at Plumbs said: “According to latest government figures, the UK sends more than half its waste to landfill – that’s a huge 62 million tonnes a year in England alone. By reupholstering furniture, consumers are taking direct and effective action to help reduce our landfill problem."

“The collection and subsequent reuse or recycling of furniture by councils is key to reducing landfill, yet our research shows that there is no consistency across UK councils with some waste policies coming out more favourable than others.”

About Plumbs:

Plumbs have around 150 Home Consultants who will visit homes free of charge. The Home Consultants can recommend an appropriate loose covers solution and advise on room colour co-ordination and any other home furnishings such as upholstery, loose covers for sofas, cushion covers and curtains.

With over 350 different upholstery fabric designs and colours to choose from, and a range of materials to suite any piece of furniture.

For further information please contact: Chris Plumb Plumbs Marketing and PR Contact on - 01772 838430 or email cplumb(at)plumbs(dot)co(dot)uk

Geraldine Vesey, Anoushka Done or Mairead Rodden on - 0161 838 7770 or email firstname(dot)surname(at)skvcommunications(dot)co(dot)uk

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