Garden waste collections set to resume

PUBLISHED: 13:29 05 May 2020 | UPDATED: 13:52 05 May 2020

Garden waste collections will resume in east Suffolk later this month. Picture: Ian Burt

Garden waste collections will resume in east Suffolk later this month. Picture: Ian Burt

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A council will resume its garden waste collections later this month.

East Suffolk Council and East Suffolk Norse temporarily suspended the collection of garden waste amid the continuing coronavirus crisis following the final round of garden waste collections on Friday, March 27.

With household waste and recycling collections continuing as normal for residents in Waveney, East Suffolk Council has now set a date for the resumption of its garden waste collection service.

Operations will restart on Bank Holiday Monday May 25, with all subscribers receiving their first collection during the subsequent fortnight.

The council has taken the decision to restart the service having been satisfied that criteria to ensure the safety of operatives have been met.

James Mallinder, the council’s cabinet member for the Environment, said: “We greatly appreciate the support and understanding that residents have shown following the suspension of our garden waste collection service.

“We said at the time that we would be looking to resume this service as soon as it is safe to do so and we are pleased that the safety criteria have now been met.

“In a large, rural district, with over 50,000 subscribers, managing collections whilst implementing social distancing is a considerable challenge.

“However, we are satisfied that we can deliver the service, while also ensuring that no more than two operatives are in each vehicle cab at any given time.

“Given the complexities of this situation, it is critical that we get this absolutely right and ensure that the service returns reliably.

“Once again, we would like to thank customers for their patience and support for our crews, and encourage residents to compost or retain their garden waste at home until the service resumes.”

Full details of the restart, including any changes to collection dates and payments or renewals, will be confirmed shortly.

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