Bulky Bob’s launches paid collection service

Posted on the 8th February 2023

It’s official Bulky Bob’s is BACK! Following the end of its 22-year bulky waste contract with Liverpool City Council, Bulky Bob’s is now collecting household furniture and white goods from across the city.

Bulky Bob’s was created in 2000 by FRC Group, a Liverpool social enterprise and charity. Bulky Bob’s has been a member of the Reuse Network for many years, and we are pleased to see the re-launch of the service which is helping tackle furniture poverty in the city.

Known around the city for its distinctive purple vans and London Road based Furniture World store, Bulky Bob’s has made over 1 million collections and collected over 3 million items in the last 22 years. Most of the items reused have gone to families who can’t afford beds to sleep in or a good quality sofa or dining table to be able to eat together.

The new service builds on this solid foundation and continues the company mission to end furniture poverty.

FRC Group CEO, Shaun Doran said: “In its 22-year history Bulky Bob’s has absolutely delivered on its mission to get good quality pre-loved furniture, free of charge, to families living in furniture poverty.

“Bulky Bob’s version 2 is slightly different in that our relationship is now directly with householders who have bulky waste to get rid of.

“This came about due to popular demand as people contacted us through social media, on the phone and in our store as it was closing down saying why don’t you just provide a direct service where people can pay a reasonable amount of money to get rid of a big problem.

“Our customers can get rid of their items in a way where they know it’s in safe hands. They know we are fully registered to carry waste, they know we will reuse everything we possibly can and most importantly they know we reuse in a way that gets items into the homes of people in Liverpool who otherwise wouldn’t have the essential furniture they need.”

Channel 4 presenter, Gemma Longworth helped to launch the new service at the Bulky Bob’s HQ. She said: “There are so many people in need of basic furniture and that’s why I’m here today to support the work of Bulky Bob’s.

“I’ve used the Bulky Bob’s service for years, I think people have really missed it and I’m totally on board with the new pink.

“As a furniture upcycler and restorer I think it’s really important to encourage people to recycle and reuse wherever possible as it prevents fly tipping and good quality furniture ending up in landfill. Furniture recycling, upcycling and reusing offers so many benefits. It’s good for our planet, it’s good for your purse, it’s good for your mind, your home and your CV.”

To find out more about Bulky Bob’s or to book a collection head over to their website: www.bulkybobs.co.uk

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