Councillors clear up ‘coronavirus clutter’



Councillors clear up ‘coronavirus clutter’

by Danielle Thompson (July 2020)

COUNCILLORS and volunteers have been helping residents clear their ‘coronavirus clutter’ after weeks of lockdown led to unwanted items and rubbish stockpiling.

Norwood Ward's councillors arranged the community skips to help householders in the ward get rid of a wide range of domestic junk. Everything from old mattresses to crockery sets ended up being skipped, with volunteers on hand to staff the skips and help load items.

The project's organiser, Councillor Greg Myers, says the High Park householders were clearly delighted at the opportunity to clear their clutter after recent months: “It's been hard for local residents with unwanted items to get rid of over the lockdown period, especially with the local tip being closed and then the understandable delays once it opened again. So, the idea was that as soon as the restrictions eased enough we'd do what we could to help.

“I'd leafleted the area a couple of days before the skips arrived to let residents know and could see the obvious need, with old settees and mattresses, armchairs and all sorts of broken household items like hoovers and old bikes that needed clearing.

“The biggest challenge we had on the day was getting a bed settee we spotted in a front garden onto the double size skip that was already pretty full. We really wanted to help the young family it belonged to though, as it had obviously been there a while during the lockdown."

“We got there in the end by working together with the occupants who were very appreciative, which is always really nice and makes it worthwhile. We'll be looking to do more in the coming months.

“Sefton Council does a bulky items collection service, which only costs £10 for the items and can be easily booked online. It's an excellent service that can really help if you are unable to dispose of large items yourself.

“I'd also plead with residents across Southport and the borough not to fly-tip as apart from the mess it causes and the lack of consideration for other residents, it creates real problems for the local authority at a time when it is already under huge pressure. If anyone spots fly-tipping happening please report it, hopefully with a handy vehicle registration number to help track down the culprits."

You can report fly-tipping by calling 0345 140 0845 and book the bulky items service at https://www.sefton.gov.uk/bins-recycling/bulky-item-collections/arrange-a-bulky-item-collection.aspx

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