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Proposed changes to junk job collections

Changes to Middlesbrough's popular free junk job collection service will be considered by the Council's Executive.

Earlier this year Mayor Andy Preston announced that charges for the service were being suspended as part of a drive to clean up the town.

The Council currently collects around 500,000kg of waste from approximately 5,300 junk jobs from homes across the town every year. 

In June a three-month trial saw charges ranging from £10 for up to five items - such as washing machines and furniture - lifted.

The move resulted in a significant increase in the number of jobs, with average waiting times rising from three to 15 weeks. Fly-tipping rates have remained stable.

The Council's Executive will now consider maintaining free collections - with a maximum waiting time of 12 weeks - alongside a premium service with charges starting at £20 for collection within three weeks.

Proposed premium service charges:

  • £20 for up to five items
  • £40 for up to ten items
  • £60 for up to 15 items

The new arrangements will be reviewed in six months.

Councillor Dennis McCabe, Middlesbrough Council's Executive member for Environment, said: "Our junk job collections are an extremely popular service, all the more so when the charges were dropped.

"That saw a much bigger workload, and inevitably longer waiting times.

"This new proposal maintains the free service, but will offer those willing to pay a quicker option."

The proposed changes to Middlesbrough's junk job service will be considered at a meeting of the Executive on Tuesday, October 8.