'Cheaper to dump': Havering bulky item collection is most expensive in area
- Credit: Havering Council
It is more expensive to get a bulky item taken away by the council in Havering than in any of its surrounding boroughs.
Havering Council charges £43 to collect one to three items, and additional items cost £11 each.
The service is for items that are too large to be thrown away or recycled, including furniture, white goods, carpets and bathroom fittings.
Neighbouring Barking & Dagenham charges less than a quarter of that, at £10 for up to four items and Newham collections cost £20 for up to six items.
Both Redbridge and Tower Hamlets offer free collections, the former for one collection every 12 months and latter two free collections per year.
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Neighbouring borough Brentwood charges £11.50 per item with a minimum charge of £23.
One Facebook user said: “That’s why we have so much fly-tipping!
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"Cheaper to dump than get the council to do it!"
Another added: “This is a joke. And [they] wonder why a lot of people fly-tip - surely they can see why.
“£43 for one item is ridiculous!”
A spokesperson for Havering Council said: “We cannot comment on other borough’s arrangements, however Havering’s price for bulky waste collection sits in line with our current contract and ensures we are not operating at a loss.
“We always aim to deliver the best value for our residents, and this will be a priority when we come to review our waste contracts in future.”
Between July 2019 and December 2020, there were 8,025 reports of fly-tipping, with incidents in Gooshays alone making up nearly a thousand - 925 - of those instances in the year and a half period.
The council has handed out 200 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) for fly-tipping and 147 for littering around the borough since June 2020, as part of a crackdown.
However, Havering council said it doesn’t believe the borough has a fly-tipping problem.
The spokesperson added: “Like all boroughs, Havering does experience some fly-tipping, however we remain one of the best at enforcement in this area.
“Generally, our fly-tipping issues come from larger, industrial waste, which wouldn’t be eligible for bulky waste collection.”