West Suffolk brown bin service to resume next month
West Suffolk Council will reintroduce its garden waste collection service on June 1 after it was stopped due to coronavirus.
The service was paused on March 30 due to a reduction in staff following the stay at home guidance which saw more than 40 waste and street services staff either having to shield themselves as vulnerable or due to someone in their home.
More than 60 staff were redeployed to help the most vulnerable in communities receive support, medicine and food as well as to help businesses.
The council said it has 'worked to reinstate the service in a more robust way so it can cope with any future reduction in staff as well as making rounds efficient to manage the extra growth in the area' which includes 'reducing mileage and fuel use where possible while protecting the safety of residents and staff'.
As a result, there may be a change to some collection days and the authority will be contacting customers with details.
Cllr John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “The pandemic has significantly reduced our own staff and we have had to prioritise services such as the blue and black bin collections while also redeploying over 60 staff to deliver extra support for the vulnerable and our businesses.
"Despite these challenges continuing, we will be reintroducing the brown bin garden waste service andcollections from 1 June in a way that is safe for all, robust to cope with future issues and more environmentally friendly.
"I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding and our communities who have shown their appreciation with pictures, gifts and messages of support for our staff, including our bin crews. This has really helped make a very challenging job much easier."
The suspension period has been added to the current subscription year, which will run until May 30, 2021.
The West Suffolk Garden Collection Waste Service had 30,000 customers last year and collects about 12,000 tonnes of garden waste a year, which is composted and returned to the land as soil improver.