If the lockdown and fine weather has seen you fill your days tidying the garden, then more than likely your green waste bin will be full to bursting by now.
Councils across Teesside called a temporary halt to garden waste collections as the Covid-19 crisis deepens and concentrated resources on their usual household waste collections instead.
But three weeks in to lockdown, at least one area will see its green waste collections resume.
Residents in Stockton will get weekend garden bin collections in a bid to ease the pressure of mounting rubbish, especially as the tips are closed.
Here’s a round up of the bin collection situation across Teesside:
Weekly household waste collections are continuing as normal during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, says the council. Fortnightly recycling collections are also being maintained across the town.
Green waste collections were due to start up on April 14 but have been put back by at least a month. Pre-booked bulky and white goods collections are also currently on hold.
Area Care staff have resumed grass cutting and other environmental duties around the town but all services are under regular review.
The council has issued five key points for residents and landlords:
- Residents are urged to ensure all waste is contained is their bin
- Disinfect bin handles – for the benefit of residents and bin crews
- Private landlords – if you are clearing out please ensure a licensed waste removal company is used – do not put items in back alleys
- The Household Waste Centre at Haverton Hill remains closed – residents are asked to refrain from carrying out DIY jobs that will generate extra waste
- Think about what gardening needs to be done – consider leaving cuttings on the lawn and home composting.
Councillor Dennis McCabe, Middlesbrough’s Environment council member, said: “In such uncertain times, it’s right that we focus our resources on frontline services and the protection of the vulnerable.
“Services that aren’t essential have been scaled back or put on hold, and will be resumed when we’re in a position to do so.
“In the meantime I’d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this unsettling period.
“If we work together and follow the government guidance around staying at home and avoiding all but essential travel, we really will be helping to save lives.”
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Household rubbish and blue recycling bins are still being emptied – but garden waste bins are not.
The council say collections continue to go ahead on their usual days across the borough although times will vary and they’ve reminded residents to put their bins out by 7am on their usual waste collection day and take them in again by 7pm.
Garden waste collections have stopped ‘so the council can prioritise the collection of kerbside residual waste and recycling waste.’
Residents can still store green waste in their garden bins but once it is full should not put it into other waste bins. Store garden rubbish in a corner of your garden instead, say the council.
Trade waste collections will continue to support local businesses still operating.
The tip at Dunsdale near Guisborough is closed. Fly tipping waste will be collected but will not be cleared until more than 72 hours have passed, which is the lifespan of the coronavirus outside of the human body, say the council, to protect staff.
Litter bins will be emptied when required for public health reasons but the council expects these will need emptying less frequently. Services will be monitored and changed as necessary.
Stockton is the only Teesside borough currently expecting to start up its green garden waste collections.
Staff are being moved from other duties to run monthly collections, which will take place on Saturdays and Sundays starting April 25, in a bid to help residents clear their rubbish especially as the tip is closed.
“Our crews are managing to continue weekly household waste and fortnightly recycling collections, although the social distancing measures they are following mean it’s taking them a fair bit longer to complete their rounds,” said council leader Bob Cook.
“As this is going well we have been exploring ways of reinstating some form of green waste collections. We know it is difficult for residents to cope with all their garden waste, especially as the Haverton Hill Recycling Centre is closed, and we want to do all we can to help.
“We’re now confident that we can keep the waste and recycling collections going on the usual days of Tuesdays to Fridays with our current crews working in a safe way. So, we are going to move some staff from other duties to run monthly green waste collections.
“These monthly collections will take place on Saturdays and Sundays.”
You can find the details you need on the council’s service disruptions page as stockton.gov.uk/servicedisruptions