Councillor Paula Widdowson, Executive Member with responsibility for waste services has provided a statement changes to the council's waste services.
Cllr Paula Widdowson, Executive Member with responsibility for waste services said:
I’m pleased to announce that all of our waste services will resume over the next two weeks.
"Today we have agreed changes which mean:
- Household Waste and Recycling Centres will reopen from 11 May, by appointment only to residents and commercial waste customers for essential use
- bulky waste collections will restart on 11 May
- garden waste collections will start on 18 May
The decision we took back in April wasn’t one we took lightly, however it was crucial we were able to keep residents and staff safe. I would like to thank residents for their understanding and also our incredible staff who have continued to collect household waste and recycling in these challenging times.
The wellbeing of residents and our staff has been our number one priority and following resident feedback, we explored options to restart all waste collection services, including garden waste collections. In addition, these services can now be opened safely as staff absences have stabilised and we have developed new ways of working.
Following my letter to the Secretary of State seeking further support and guidance to resume our services as soon as possible, the government released updated guidance today. The guidance advises that journeys to tips must only be undertaken if your waste or recycling cannot be stored at home safely or disposed of safely by other means.
The household waste and recycling centres will also have social distancing measures in place in addition to our booking system. We will announce further details of the changes, including the booking system tomorrow."