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East Staffordshire Borough Council to suspend garden waste collections

East Staffordshire Borough Council has taken the decision to suspend its garden waste collection following a significant reduction to available refuse workers as a result of the coronavirus.

Protecting the health and wellbeing of both the community and staff is its biggest priority and whilst the Council makes every effort to minimise disruption, the number of refuse workers unavailable will impact the service in the short to medium term.

As a result, the Council has taken a decision to suspend all brown bin (garden waste) collections from Monday 23rd March 2020. This will allow the refuse team to focus efforts and resources on blue bin (dry recycling) and grey bin (residual waste) collections.

The Council cannot rule out further reductions in the level of service, but at this stage, there is no impact on the frequency of collections or any change to the date of collections. Residents should continue to present their blue and grey bins on alternate weeks on their usual collection day.

Councillor Ray Faulkner, Deputy Leader for Environment and Housing, said: “The decision to suspend garden waste collections has not been taken lightly.  The Council has worked tirelessly over the last few days to persevere with our garden waste service for as long as possible, but suspending brown bin collections will allow our refuse team to focus on collecting dry recycling and residual waste, which is key to protecting the health of our residents.

“The Council will continue to reassess the situation on a regular basis and I’d ask residents to keep an eye on our website and our social media for further information.”

Information on composting can be found on the Council’s website https://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/bins-rubbish-recycling or on www.recyclenow.com

2020-03-21 00:00:00