This site is easier to read in landscape format on mobiles.

Make space for Christmas this October with Bulky Matters

John Freeman
As the run up to Christmas begins, local recycling operation Bulky Matters is encouraging anyone having a clear out to take advantage of its October special offer.

Bulky Matters, a partnership between Lancaster City Council and local re-use charity Furniture Matters, collects unwanted household items from inside people’s homes, at a time to suit them, for a small fee.

Many of the items collected by Bulky Matters are then reconditioned and either sold at low cost to disadvantaged families, or if they are not reusable they are stripped for parts. Residual waste is recycled where possible and throughout the whole of October you can have four items collected for the price of three.

The income generated from the charges to customers and from the sale of the goods themselves all goes back in to help subsidise the service.

Furniture Matters provide training and volunteering opportunities for local people using the items collected. Since the service began, hundreds of people have been able to learn new skills, gain qualifications and build up work experience to help them find jobs.

The collection service operates all day Monday to Saturday and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

If you have any unwanted items you can save time, avoid the inconvenience of going to the tip, help the environment and help change the lives of thousands of local people by booking your collection on 01524 582491.

• For further details and information about what can and can’t be collected, visit

Normal collections cost £18 for up to 3 items, and £6 for each additional item. During October the cost will be £18 for up to 4 items and £6 for each additional item. Households in receipt of Council Tax or Housing Benefits are eligible for a 50% discount.