Brown bin collections to return

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council says garden waste bin collections will start again from Monday. The service was suspended in early April to prioritise essential collections for recycling, refuse, food and clinical waste amid staff shortages caused by Covid-19.

Brown bin collections for garden waste will resume in Tonbridge and Malling

The council says enough refuse collectors, who have been off sick or isolating, have now returned and will begin collecting from more than 27,000 homes with brown bins across the borough. Residents with the brown bins are asked to put them out by 7am on their usual collection day.

Householders are being asked not to overload their bins as the council is expecting a significant backlog of garden waste.

It says extra bags will not be collected as they use up truck capacity and prevent rounds being completed. Subscriptions to the service are being extended to cover the period when it was not possible to collect garden waste. Council Leader, Nicolas Heslop, said: "This has been a hugely challenging period for many of our frontline services and I'm pleased we are now able to resume these collections.

"It will be a big task to clear the backlog so we would appreciate it if those with a lot of garden material to get rid of could stagger what they put out over a few collections. This will help ensure crews can complete rounds and no one misses out. Looking further ahead, we will continue to keep all our operations under review and do everything possible to provide the services people need in line with the latest government guidance."

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