Free Skip Days to tackle Walsall fly-tipping
A new initiative to reduce fly-tipping will begin on Saturday 19 January as Walsall Council places free skips in community locations around the borough.
Following on from Autumn’s free bulky item collection trial, the 10 weekends of free skips will be in place around the borough on Saturdays throughout January, February & March. Beginning on Saturday 19 January, two different locations will be visited each Saturday during the trial and residents can bring up to three bulky household items to the community skip.
The initiative is a part of the Council’s ongoing campaign to ‘put waste in its place’ and reduce the levels of fly-tipping across the borough.
Councillor Louise Harrison, Portfolio Holder for Clean and Green explained “We are determined to continue the tough stance on fly-tipping across our borough and offering free skips in community locations is another great way to make it even easier for people to get rid of unwanted household items. The recent free bulky items collection trial proved to be hugely popular with residents across Walsall, with all of the 1050 free slots on offer booked and used by people in the borough.”
Walsall Council’s cabinet approved three trial initiatives in September 2018 to combat fly tipping across the borough. Free community skip days are the second of the trials to take place and will be followed by the third trial, extended tip opening hours in Spring 2019. When the trials have finished, the impact on reducing fly-tipping will be evaluated and will feed into future decision-making.
The trial is limited to one skip visit per household during the 10 week period and up to three bulky household items items can be disposed of, including furniture, mattresses, fridges and other white goods (No bagged waste, garden waste, general household rubbish will be allowed). Residents will need to call 01922 653355 to reserve a slot to bring items to the skip and bookings are being taken from Monday 14 January. Proof of residency in Walsall, along with a unique booking reference are required on the day.
Councillor Harrison said:
”There has been unprecedented interest in the trials to reduce fly-tipping in Walsall, resulting in the bulky collections initiative being brought forward to take place in November last year. We are listening to what residents are telling us about how fly-tipping affects their neighbourhoods and communities and are committed to providing every opportunity for people to dispose of waste safely and lawfully. We will continue to be tough on people who break the law in our borough. Fly-tipping is a serious crime and perpetrators can face an unlimited fine and up to five years in jail.”
Community Skip Day slots must be booked in advance and will be available on a first come first served basis. Last booking for the next skip day will be taken at 1pm on the preceding Friday.
Skips will be in two different locations on each Saturday between 19 January and 23 March 2019, weather permitting. Dates, times and locations for each skip can be found at http://walsallbins.co.uk/community-skip-days-trial/
The Community Skip Days are for Walsall residents bringing bulky items from their own homes only. No business or commercial waste is accepted. A full list of acceptable items can be found here http://walsallbins.co.uk/rubbish-waste-and-recycling/bulky-collections-service/
Walsall residents can call 01922 653355 for more information and to book. A booking reference number and proof of Walsall residency must be provided on the day of visiting the skip.
If residents are unable to book a slot then items can still be taken to local tips (household waste recycling centres) in Aldridge or Bloxwich to be disposed of safely and for free. The Council also offers a Bulky Item collection service for residents who require items to be collected from their property. Residents can have up to three items collected for £15.00.