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Local authority resumes bulky uplift collection service after lockdown restrictions further relaxed


By Ian Duncan

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Highland Council Headquarters in Glenurquhart Road.
Highland Council Headquarters in Glenurquhart Road.

A BULKY uplift service operated by Highland Council began again yestrday – it was originally suspended on March 23 due to the Covid-19 National Emergency.

The authority also needed to halt the service because it needed to prioritise staff to provide essential waste and recycling collections.

A range of items which are acceptable for collection are listed on the council's website and the public are advised to check it before considering booking a collection – black bag waste is not accepted.

The service, which is for household waste only, needs to be booked at least two days in advance of when items should be collected and there are set collection days for locations across the Highland region. The cost for the service is £23.37 for up to three items or £46.73 for up to six items.

Councillor Allan Henderson, the chairman of the council’s Communities and Places Committee, said: “I’m pleased we are now in a position to bring back the bulky uplift service.

"We now have the staff and resources to be able to return this service in accordance with health and safety guidelines, after it was affected by the restrictions associated with Covid-19. This is another key service being reintroduced to help the public manage their waste as we continue on our journey to recovery.

“If you have large items at home such as sofas and wooden furniture that you no longer need and are still in good condition, these could be donated to a charity for re-use rather than collected for disposal. Check with your local charity for details on the items they accept.”

All items listed at the time of booking should be presented at your usual bin collection point by 7am on the morning of your scheduled collection day. The council is unable to collect items from gardens, sheds or garages.

Collection crews are not permitted to enter properties to remove waste and, to help reduce the risk of the spread of coronavirus, the council said that site staff will be adopting robust hygiene standards.

The bulky uplift service can be booked using the online form which can be found here or, alternatively, customers can book by calling the Highland Council Service Centre on 01349 886603.

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