Skip a trip to the tip – community skips are back, with a twist!
1 July 2021
Did lockdown inspire you to have a clear-out, refresh a tired room or to take on a bigger home renovation project? Are you looking to get rid of an old washing machine, mattress or garden furniture?
If so, come along to one of our Community Skips, with new dates just announced. Locations will be popping up in each of Brent’s 21 wards, so you’ll find at least one date near you. Local residents can drop off up to five bulky items free of charge, with proof of a Brent address.
In a change for 2021, we’ve swapped the skip for a refuge truck – whilst the skip has been iconic in Brent for four years, the truck will be able to take more waste and can also compact rubbish when it is loaded.
All items that can be reused or recycled will be collected by a caged vehicle and repurposed where possible. Representatives from Veolia will join the council’s Neighbourhood Managers to help sort items and ensure they are recycled and reused wherever possible.
In addition to this, residents and community groups will have the option to apply to clear up a communal space of unregistered land with the council providing a truck or skip to remove the waste.
Social distancing measures will be in place and everyone will be expected to follow the latest government guidelines.
Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment, said: “The community skips are well used and loved by many residents, so we were keen to get a programme back up and running as soon as COVID-19 restrictions allowed.
“With the trucks, we’re coming back bigger, better and able to take more bulky items away. We are waging a war on fly-tipping and will fine all those we identify dumping rubbish illegally. There is no excuse for fly-tipping – your rubbish, your responsibility.”