Dale Abbey Parish Council

Serving the people of Dale Abbey

Clerk: Laura Storey
PO Box 8108

Tel: 07810 717534



To provide residents with a free, locally based ad hoc local waste disposal option for small bulky items. These items would not normally be suitable for disposal in the black bin due to their size and/or weight.

Although these items could be collected via the council's chargeable bulky collection service, this service is aimed primarily at large items which residents may have difficulty handling and arranging suitable disposal. In general the items suitable for the community collection service are those that residents could take to the household waste recycling centre (HWRC) at Manners Industrial Estate. This site however is not ideally located for all residents who may not be able to use the site because of its distance from their home or a lack of suitable transport.

The community service offers an alternative disposal option for household waste streams that are not specifically catered for by current collection/disposal services. This service provides greater choice and better value for residents. It also avoids residents having to incur unnecessary costs for disposing of small household waste items using the bulky collection service. In addition, according to annual data collated by the council, household waste is most frequently found in unlawfully fly tipped material and the scheme may help to encourage a more responsible approach to waste disposal.

The service also offers residents the opportunity to dispose of small unwanted/broken electrical items such as toasters, irons, hairdryers and kettles.

Disposal of Waste Items Using the Service

The types of items that could be disposed of via the community collection service are:

  • Bagged soil (up to four black bin bags that can be picked up safely);
  • Small wooden items e.g. up to two fencing panels with each panel no more than 1200mm, doors, bed frames, head boards (not including mattress) ;
  • Unwanted/damaged toys;
  • Small fixtures eg skirting boards no longer than 1200mm, pedestals, wc unit, small vanity unit;
  • One off items eg aluminium greenhouse frame and glass;
  • Small items of scrap metal eg unwanted tools;
  • Clothing, bedding;
  • Garden waste items that are too big for brown bin e.g. large branches (no more than 10-20cm diameter);
  • Small items of furniture e.g. bed side units, stools, small tables;
  • Bagged household waste items;
  • Small household electrical items.

This is an indicative list only and other waste streams may also be suitable for disposal via the scheme.

Waste streams that are excluded from the scheme are those items more suited to a chargeable bulky waste collection, kerbside collection or which require specialist disposal arrangements: -

  • Plaster board;
  • TV/computer screens;
  • Fridges/freezers;
  • Tyres;
  • Car Batteries;
  • Paint in tins;
  • Oil/fuel;
  • Asbestos, solvents, chemicals or any hazardous waste;
  • Gas bottles;
  • Food/garden/residual waste suitable for disposal via the kerb side collection service;
  • Commercial, trade or industrial waste.

Provision of the Service

The service will be provided by siting a council refuse collection vehicle (RCV) at agreed site locations to which residents can bring their waste items for disposal. In addition to the RCV a caged 7.5 tonne vehicle will also be deployed for collecting small unwanted/damaged electrical items and scrap metal.

Each chosen location will be manned throughout the day by EBC staff to offer advice to residents, provide marshalling duties and to ensure only suitable items are presented for disposal. Notices will also be displayed at the designated sites to warn residents that leaving household waste items outside the specified collection times would constitute fly tipping. The service will operate 8am to 11.30am to allow sufficient time to deliver the waste to the tip.

Since the loaders/drivers are trained in manual handling they will be expected to load waste items into the RCV to avoid the risk of personal injury to service users.

Nick Thurstan

Head of Environment and Housing Services

Posted: Mon, 18 Oct 2021 09:57 by Parish Clerk

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