Do you have bulky household items to dispose of? The city council's City Patrol team operates across the city and any offenders caught dumping unwanted items could face a £50 fixed penalty notice (maximum £2,500 at court).
The council's waste service is just one way of disposing of your bulky household items. Here are some suggestions where unwanted items (good condition, not broken) could be put to good use:
The Dorcas Project (S.C.R.A.T.C.H)
The Dorcas Project helps needy families resettle in the city. They will normally collect most items of furniture, crockery, bedding, soft furnishings and most kitchen equipment although currently aren't able to take white goods. Items will normally be collected within a three-week period for a fee of £10 per collection. Contact: 023 8077 3132 (after 10am).
Oxfam Furniture Shop, Southampton
Oxfam will collect most large saleable furniture items and soft furniture items (with the correct fire labels) for a small charge. Electrical or gas appliances or items that relate to children (prams, etc) are not accepted. Smaller items must be taken to the Oxfam Furniture Shop, Oakhill House, Romsey Road, Southampton. Contact: 023 8077 9580.
British Heart Foundation
The British Heart Foundation can collect large items of furniture free of charge (subject to conditions). Smaller items must be taken to a shop. They can also accept electrical goods that are in good condition.
Household Waste Recycling Centres
City Depot and Recycling Park, Millbrook and Grange Road, Netley where you can dispose of unwanted items free of charge. The sites are open daily 8am - 4.30pm (7pm from 1 April). Contact: 023 8033 8319 (Endle Street) or 023 8040 6182 (Grange Road, Netley).