“Why are you charging so much to take these items?
One question we get asked more than others is “Why does it cost so much to take away fridges, freezers and mattresses?” The answer is simple - there are flat rates at the waste management facility to recycle certain specific items, and we list these costs upfront for the sake of transparency. We only charge you what we’re being charged on your behalf, and this way you’re able to see what each part of your load will cost and make decisions, where applicable, on an item-by-item basis. Typically, the charge will be made up of a fixed unit cost plus the weighbridge and waste management admin fees (for paperwork, etc). If such item/s are part of a mixed load, we’ll simply charge you at cost and the overall fee we’ve already agreed for the rest of the load. We do, however, have a minimum charge to cover time spent and labour, diesel and van running costs, maintenance, insurances, and so on – the necessary costs of keeping a business viable – so, if just one or two such items needed collection on their own, this would be part of our charge.
Please read this (hyperlink in the 1st article) before thinking of dumping such goods in a skip or paying someone who doesn’t have a Waste Disposal Licence. You mustn’t put fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers in skips because they contain toxic and dangerous CS gases which could escape into the atmosphere if they’re not carefully handled.
If you’re interested to learn which components are recyclable and what else is involved, the articles listed below will explain everything there is to know about responsible ways to dispose of mattresses, fridges and other bulky items, and the things you really shouldn’t do. There are many components in mattresses that can be recycled, and it’s important to do everything you can to make sure your old mattress and similar items won’t end up being fly-tipped, or adding to the landfill problem.
We take recycling very seriously and, by using us, you can rest assured your used and redundant goods will be properly dismantled, parts reused and won’t go on to be a problem for others or add to the environmental problems. Once you realise we’re simply passing on set standing charges for large items, you’ll also be helping our friendly local team to stay viable by giving us your business too!
Learn about the issues and costs for yourself:
Ways you might be able to dispose of bulky items free, or at relatively low cost –
Council Collection: Most councils advertise a pickup service on certain days. However, there will be a limit to the number of items they will collect and (unless it’s a free service, which only very few councils now offer), there will be a charge per item – a mattress and bed base will be charged as two items. Many councils are also overwhelmed with demand these days, and it can be frustrating waiting for them to come, lugging heavy things to and fro you’re not cluttering up the neighbourhood, causing an obstruction, and so on.
Company Collection: If you are replacing an old item with something newly bought, many stores will take your old item away for a charge. Check this, as it may not be very cheap, either, though. Some charity shops and furniture projects will come and pick them up upon arrangement, too.