With many of us at home over the coming weeks, it may feel like the perfect time to have a proper spring clean and declutter.
However, most of the usual places we take our preloved goods – such as the local recycling centre and charity shops – are currently closed. With many local refuse and recycling collection services also running less frequently getting rid of items can be a challenge.
So, before you start any decluttering, please have a think about where you plan to store your unwanted items. If you haven’t got the space – such as a loft, garage or shed – it would be worth delaying any large-scale tidy ups until normal business resumes for charity shops, recycling centres and refuse services.
If you can’t possibly wait to get stuck in, please have a plan of how you’ll dispose of items. Please don’t leave your unwanted-items in communal areas. Leaving clutter in communal areas can block emergency exit routes, create a fire risk and cause a slipping or tripping hazard. Help keep you and your neighbours safe by keeping these areas clear.
We also recommend that you don’t overload communal bin stores as this can cause problems for your refuse collection team and be unpleasant for your neighbours.
Please remember that if you wish to dispose of bulky items, you’ll need to contact your local council to check they are currently delivering their usual bulk item pick up service.
Fly tipping includes dumped items in communal areas, bin stores or around our communities. It is a criminal offence and you can be fined by your local environmental health service if caught. If you do witness any fly tipping in your local area, please contact your local council.