Free pilot scheme to launch bulky waste initiative

Merton Council is to introduce a free bulky waste service for those items currently clogging up your garages, sheds and lofts.

The Bulky Waste Service is to be piloted on Saturday April 1 in Pincott Road in South Wimbledon between Merton High Street and High Path. Local residents can bring their unwanted possessions such as old furniture, mattresses and white goods (e.g. washing machines) to Pincott Road Community Centre where the Council will recycle as much as possible and dispose of the remainder.

All Merton Council requires is that residents bring proof of residency, which can be in the form of a council tax statement or recent utility bill.

Older residents should call 020 8274 4902 in advance if they will need assistance on the day. This is also an opportunity for the local community to work together – perhaps you could help out an elderly neighbour or a friend without transport?

At the moment residents can make use of the Council’s subsidised bulky waste collection service which can be booked on 020 8274 4902 but the council hope that this new free service will persuade people not to use illegal disposal companies who are responsible for a lot of the fly-tipping in the borough.

Alison Broom, Merton Council’s head of Street Management, said “This free pilot scheme is part of the Council’s commitment to bringing our services closer to local people and to greatly increasing the level of recycling in the borough.”