LIVERPOOL’S large-item household waste collection service has restarted after being suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Liverpool City Council-backed scheme has recommenced on a limited basis with the number of collections being restricted each day.
The city council will ‘screen’ all requests and will not be able to collect from any household which currently has COVID symptoms or has had them during the past 14 days.
Bulky Bob’s is a free service which collects up to five bulky items per property – alongside up to five electrical items or five bags of unwanted clothing.
The service was suspended at the end of March as the country went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Collections can be booked online or over the phone if you do not have online access, but will take longer than usual due to potential high demand and because of extra precautions that have had to be put in place to prevent the spread of the infection.
Bulky Bob’s Chief Executive Shaun Doran, said: “Bulky Bob’s is back to work and ready to start collecting people’s redundant furniture.
“We know there is a huge demand for things to be collected – and also a real need for the great quality reused furniture that we refurbish. We are back to work with a few changes to the way we do things so we can protect our staff, our customers and the general public.
“The message from us is: Stay Safe and Reuse and Recycle with Bulky Bob’s.”
The organisation will collect all its usual items but service-operators insist they will only pick up items from inside properties under exceptional circumstances.
The council and Bulky Bob’s urge everyone who is considering using the service to expect delays and to opt for an outside collection wherever possible.
Bulky Bob’s provides items for the Furniture World outlet which, under normal circumstances, offers refurbished items of furniture from the collection service to residents who need them.
This outlet will remain closed for now and residents are asked to refer to the website for updates about the store.
Residents can find out more and book a collection via the website: https://liverpool.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/bulky-item-collection or by calling 0151 233 3001.