Barking and Dagenham Council and AO launch FREE white goods collection
The council have teamed up with online electrical retailer AO to provide a trial free white goods collection service for Barking and Dagenham residents.
Residents can book online to have cookers, fridges, freezers, washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers taken away for free from their homes.
Barking and Dagenham is the first council in the UK to trial this kind of service in partnership with AO at no cost to residents.
Residents can find out more about the service and book a free collection here.
AO will recycle old appliances at their state-of-the-art UK recycling plant, making sure anything harmful is safely removed and the materials left over will go on to make something new.
We want to make it easier for residents to properly remove bulky household items and that’s why we’ve launched our free white goods collection service at no cost to our residents, working with AO.
Councillor Syed Ghani, Cabinet Member for Public Realm, said: “We want to make it easier for residents to properly remove bulky household items and that’s why we’ve launched our free white goods collection service at no cost to our residents, working with AO.
“This fantastic new service means residents can properly dispose of their white goods and it’s part of our new Cleaner Barking and Dagenham campaign to clean up our borough. We’re determined to make our borough look its best and we’ve also invested more than £10million in new street cleaning vehicles, including 18 new trucks to help speed-up and improve the collection of over 117,000 bins that get emptied each week.”
Let’s all do our part, let’s make sure we put the right stuff in the right bins, let’s not drop litter, and let’s work together to keep Barking and Dagenham clean.
Councillor Darren Rodwell, Leader of the Council added: “We’re the first council in the country to deliver a free white goods service at zero cost to residents, working in partnership with AO. They will collect white goods directly from our residents’ homes, so there’s absolutely no excuse to dump items on our streets.
“We’re working really hard to keep our borough clean and our new campaign is all about reaching out to people who don’t realise the consequences of dumping rubbish on the street, or who don’t understand that actually, a lot of their waste can be recycled.
Together we want to make our borough a cleaner and safer place for everyone. Let’s all do our part, let’s make sure we put the right stuff in the right bins, let’s not drop litter, and let’s work together to keep Barking and Dagenham clean.”
An AO spokesman said: “The blight of fly-tipped white goods on our communities needs to be brought to an end. This trial collection service is just one way we, as a responsible and environmentally conscious company, can help to tackle this issue.
“By utilising our existing delivery service we can collect old white goods and recycle them at our state-of-the-art recycling plant, recently rated the best in the UK. It is important to remember fridges contain gases harmful to the environment so have to be recycled correctly.
“This service makes sense environmentally as we can cut our carbon footprint by delivering and collecting at the same time, we can also recycle the old white goods for use in other products – and, of course, Barking and Dagenham gets cleaner streets”
Residents can take other large household items (e.g. mattresses and sofas) to our reuse and recycling centres for free, or get them collected with our bulky waste collection for a small fee.
Find out more about the council’s new Cleaner Barking and Dagenham campaign here.