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Bulky Bob's achieves a million items recycled for people of Liverpool

One of the UK’s flagship social enterprises, Bulky Bob’s, has recycled its millionth item of bulky household waste on behalf of the people of Liverpool.

This milestone event comes hot on the heels of the announcement by Liverpool City Council that the famous bulky household waste collection service will continue to be free to all Liverpool residents.

A recent council budget proposal suggested a possible fee for Bulky Bob’s collections. But councillor Joe Anderson has now confirmed that the service will remain free of charge.

Bulky Bob’s, a social enterprise based in Brunswick Dock, has carried out bulky household waste collections for Liverpool City Council for the past 11 years, making over half a million collections and collecting over 1.8 million items. It has now saved one million items from landfill – dubbed ‘pre-loved’ furniture, much of which has been donated free of charge to local families in crisis.

CEO Shaun Doran said: ‘We are delighted to hit such a milestone of recycling and we are also very pleased to be able to continue to collect items for free from Liverpool homes. Our service helps the city to reduce its landfill costs, increase its recycling rates, keep fly-tipping rates low, and offer a very valuable service to the residents.

‘We also work hard to direct our pre-loved furniture to low-income families through our shop on London Road and we also run a furniture roadshow called Bulky Bob’s on the Road which makes available affordable furniture to people who may find it difficult to travel into the city centre.

‘We are always looking for new and creative ways to reuse and recycle as much as we can from the items we collect and these latest figures demonstrate our success.’

Councillor Joe Anderson, leader of Liverpool City Council, said: ‘Bulky Bob’s offers a great service to our residents on behalf of the City Council and we are very pleased to be able to continue to offer this service free of charge. Their recycling rates are very impressive and I would like to congratulate the whole team on this landmark achievement.’

Bulky Bob’s collects a wide range of bulky household waste items, including furniture, white goods and much more. Everything that is collected is assessed to decide whether it can be sent to Bulky Bob’s store on London Road, where it is sold at a low price, primarily to low income families or will be broken up so components such as metal or wood can be recycled.

Their overall recycling rate is 70% of everything that they collect, which they claim is the highest recycling rate in the country for this type of service.

Source: Social Enterprise Livewire, 4 Apr 12: http://www.socialenterpriselive.com/section/news/green/20120404/bulky-bobs-achieves-million-items-recycled-people-liverpool