How Burton and South Derbyshire councils have changed your bin collections
Residents across Burton and South Derbyshire may have noticed changes to their normal waste collection services in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Some services have been halted or closed, such as garden waste collections and recycling centres, as local authorities across the counties focus their efforts on keeping other services running for vulnerable residents. A number of waste collection workers are having to self-isolate due to the current national measures, aimed at reducing the risk of COVID-19 spreading, which can affect staffing levels.
In Staffordshire, district and borough councils are responsible for waste collection services, while the county authority runs 14 household waste and recycling centres. These centres are currently closed until further notice however, after shutting their gates on Tuesday, March 25. Here are the current arrangements for waste collection services across East Staffordshire, South Derbyshire, Lichfield and South Staffordshire.
East Staffordshire Borough
Brown bin collections for garden waste were suspended from Monday, March 23.
But residents are advised to leave their blue and grey bins out on alternate weeks on their usual collection day. Bulky waste collections have also been suspended, but the council is attempting to contact those who have outstanding orders.
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The council said on its website it had “taken the decision to suspend its garden waste collection following a significant reduction to available refuse workers as a result of the coronavirus”. The authority added: “To help protect our bin crews and maintain waste collection services here in East Staffordshire, please follow the guidance issued by Government if you are self-isolating or displaying symptoms of coronavirus.”
Bin collections are continuing as usual.
The council says: “We have redeployed staff and utilised additional vehicles to ensure the collections are able to go ahead and observe social distancing.” The Saturday freighter service has been suspended for the foreseeable future to stop people gathering in the collection areas.
Waste and recycling collections are currently continuing as normal – but the council website will be updated of there are any service changes. See www.lichfielddc.gov.uk.
Residents have been urged not to add used tissues or kitchen roll to their blue bins though. The council said on its website: “They cannot be recycled and could mean our truck-load of waste is rejected by the recycling plant. “Please do not add extra side waste with your black bins.
We will not be able to collect it. You can add folded up cardboard that won’t fit in your bin on your blue bin collection day. “As an extra precaution, we are asking our residents to clean their bin handles before and after emptying.
This will help to protect you and our waste and recycling teams.”
South Staffordshire District
Despite the current situation the bin collection crews are still out and about as normal – and South Staffordshire Council has encouraged residents to show their support. There were 30 per cent fewer workforce members available on Tuesday, April 31 however, meaning that a quarter of the green bins could not be dealt with. Affected areas included Coppenhall, Dunston, and a small area of Penkridge – and residents have been advised to put their green bin out again for the next scheduled collection in two weeks’ time.
Crews were able to complete 13 out of 14 rounds on Tuesday – and are working “extra hard” to keep up with unprecendented demand, a post on the council’s Facebook page said. The authority Tweeted: “Next time you see them, give them a smile, a wave, a clap or even a cheer. “Please help your crews by squashing all recycling, ensuring grey bin has no recyclables in, minimising waste where possible, making sure only recyclables are within the blue bin (and) visit our Recycling Finder.”
The Recycling Finder can be viewed at https://www.sstaffs.gov.uk/bins-recycling/recycling-finder.cfm.
Bulky waste collections are currently suspended until further notice, but all existing bookings are set to be carried out as normal.