Copeland Borough Council has announced the start of brown bin collection after a delay due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Elected Mayor, Mike Starkie, said: “We’re delighted to be in a position to start the garden waste service, which we know is highly-valued by residents.
“We took the difficult – yet necessary – decision to delay the start of the service so we could concentrate our depleted resources on critical services of collecting your household waste and recycling, while at the same time trying to understand and manage what impact the virus was having.”
Half of Copeland households will receive their collection on their scheduled day over the first two weeks of May – commencing Monday May 4 and Monday May 11 – and the other half will have a scheduled day over the second two weeks – Monday May 18 and Monday May 25.
Further details of specific bin households bin collections will be released in due course, in the meantime the Mayor has praised the hard work of the waste collection crews.
“I commend all our Recycling and Waste staff for their commitment and dedication during this challenging time,” he added, “We need all of our vehicles – including those that would ordinarily be dedicated to garden waste – to deliver our waste and recycling service in order for our collections crews to adhere to the Government’s social distancing regulations.
“We have now secured extra vehicles, and although staffing levels remain challenging and we’re operating at around 20 per cent below capacity, we can now start collecting your garden waste.
“We appreciate your patience and understanding in the delayed start to this seasonal service, but the wellbeing of our workforce will always be our number one priority, and we’re incredibly proud of the services we have continued to deliver.”
Mr Starkie went on to urge residents to ‘continue being considerate’ during these difficult times, he said: “We urge you to continue being considerate to our crews. We understand you may have accumulated an excess amount of waste during the past weeks, but overloading your brown bin with abnormal amounts of matter or weight will cause potential damage to the bin, but more seriously, to one of our crew. We advise residents who have excess garden waste to leave it in bags/containers, then re-fill your bin once it has been emptied.
“Our Recycling and Waste crews are doing an outstanding job in incredibly difficult circumstances, and we’re truly grateful for the support they are receiving throughout the borough. From drawings on display in windows, to kind messages on social media, to free deliveries of bacon sandwiches and pies from local caterers; your kindness means a lot to the team.”
In addition to brown bin collection, collection of ‘bulky waste items’ will continue from Monday May 4.
For a list of materials that can be included within garden waste, visit http://www.copeland.gov.uk/garden-bin-collections
For further details on both services visit https://www.copeland.gov.uk/node/44321