Changes to Charnwood Borough Council’s bulky waste collection service have been approved.

The Council is one of only a handful of authorities in England to currently offer a free collection for some bulky items from people’s doorsteps.

Currently, Charnwood residents can request from the Council three free bulky waste collections each year and only face a charge after exceeding that amount.

However, the Council’s Cabinet has agreed to introduce a £20 charge for each collection for up to three items. Officers will also consider an exemption scheme for people experiencing exceptional hardship.

The Council will review the changes after six months and ensure promotion of alternative methods of collection to residents.

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