Free Collections is to introduce a free glass waste collection service for charities after several councils refused to allow voluntary groups to take unwanted donations to household waste recycling centres (HWRCs).
The new service will target what it said was “tonnes of glass [going] to waste instead of recycling”.
Communications director Mark Hall said: “For those just wanting a free glass collection rather than a full collection service, it’s first-come, first-served – but businesses will be offered a discounted rate until the free service is available.”
Free Collections’ website explains that the service works on a one-for-one basis. For example, customers with a general waste collection each week could get a free glass collection, but would have to pay if they had more glass collections than those for general waste.
Research in April by the Charity Retail Association found that many local authorities had banned charity shops from taking unsaleable donated items to HWRCs, while 19% refused to accept household rubbish from charity shops.
Meanwhile, Stirling Council has said it will exempt churches and charities from new charges that it will impose to try to deal with a waste service overspend of £500,000.
These bodies had been concerned at being designated as commercial customers, but the council has now said it does not intend to charge them.