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White goods collections set to continue - but more must be done

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Weeks after being halted due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Dudley Council has announced that white goods collections are set to return from next week.

From next week Dudley Borough residents will be able to request the collection of cookers, washers, dryers, fridges, freezers, microwaves, TVs, satellite receivers, DVD players and video recorders from their property. The collections will take place on either Wednesdays or Fridays depending on where in the bourough the collection is requested.

Dudley council has made it clear that strict social distancing measures are still in place and as such, refuse workers are not allowed to enter the homes of residents to collect white goods, they must instead be placed kerbside on the day of collection.

Collection's can be requested by calling Dudley Council Plus on 0300 555 2345. The charge for collections is £13.41 for smaller items, and £27.13 for large items.

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Cradley and Wollescote Ryan Priest welcomes the council's decision to continue with collections. He said:

"Throughout lockdown we have seen a huge increase in flytipping across the country and the bourough, hopefully this decision will go some way towards stopping that rise.

"This decision by the council is the right one, but the next step must be to include all bulky items too, I'm tired of seeing old sofa's littering the Foxcote Lane"

The Liberal Democrats have been campaigning over the last year for Dudley Council to declare an amnesty on the cost of waste collections, they aregue that this is needed now more than ever.

Ryan Priest continued:

"People are earning less and haven't been able to get rid of thieir bulky items for a while now. I'm not condoning flytipping at all, but if the council continue imposing such high fee's on a service that used to be free, then its not surprising that flytipping is rising.

"I want Dudley council to designate one week twice a year where these waste collections are free, and considering the situation we are in, I belive it is only right that that should start as soon as possible."

You can find out more about Dudley Council's waste collection service at www.dudley.gov.uk/residents/bins-and-recycling/special-collections-bulky-items/

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