Free collection for bulky waste

From 2 April the capital's refuse company AMA Roma will provide a free home collection service for bulky household rubbish, such as sofas, beds, televisions sets and washing machines, which will be taken away for recycling and correct disposal.

There is no cost for the service which is only for domestic use and is aimed at tackling the problem of illegal dumping. The new home collection service will replace the 186 mobile collection points around the city, which will be phased out by 30 April.

The service permits householders to throw out up to two cubic metres of volume which is the equivalent of a three-seater couch; a table plus large-screen television; or a washing machine and dishwasher. The service can be used up to a maximum of 12 times a year and no more than twice a month.

In addition to the bulky household waste, AMA will also collect electronic appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, computers, monitors, printers, televisions, music systems, fans and hair dryers.

However the service does not include toxic or hazardous waste such as used batteries, expired medicines, neon lighting tubes, solvents or material containing asbestos. Neither does it include objects that are burnt, wet or mouldy.

In cases where the amount of rubbish to be thrown out adds up to more than two cubic metres, or is non-domestic waste, AMA Roma continues its collection system of before, for a fee.

The new service works by making an appointment by calling 060606 Mon-Fri from 09.00-18.00 and Sat 09.00-16.00, alternatively by filling out the online form on the AMA website. When booking, just insert your individual user code (found on the top right of your AMA bills).

Once an appointment is made, the objects being thrown out must be taken to the street level for collection. The AMA workers will have an identity badge and will provide you with a receipt outlining the type of material collected.