Recycling and food waste collections cut back as council reorganises to cope with coronavirus
SOUTH Gloucestershire Council is cutting recycling collections and closing Sort It centres as it reorganises to keep services running during the coronavirus outbreak.
From next Monday, March 30, recycling and food waste collections will change from weekly to every fortnight and take place on the same day as black bins are emptied.
This means residents will have all remaining collections once every two weeks.
Garden waste and bulky waste collections will be temporarily suspended from next Monday until further notice.
All Sort It centres are closed as of today until further notice.
Black bins, clinical waste and sharps will still be collected as normal.
A council spokesperson said: “The essential changes will help us to keep collecting everyone’s waste and minimise disruption during the coronavirus outbreak.”
Cabinet member for communities Rachael Hunt said: “This is a challenging period but household waste is an essential service and we are doing all we can to ensure we continue to collect everyone’s waste and recycling during the coronavirus outbreak.
“We are making temporary changes to the way we collect your waste and are introducing measures to make sure we are prepared, ready and can keep delivering essential services for our residents. We will be constantly reviewing the situation, providing regular updates and we thank people for their understanding.”
The council is calling on anyone self-isolating because they or a member of their household has coronavirus to put personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths into bin bags.
These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste, and then “put aside for at least 72 hours” before being put into black bins.
All other household waste can be disposed of as normal.