Denbighshire County Council has updated its position on its garden waste collection which was suspended following the coronavirus outbreak.
Like all other local authorities councils across Wales, the council says it has needed to introduce significant changes to protect the health and well-being of the public and its staff.
Those changes included the suspension of the garden waste services and the temporary closure of the household recycling centres.
Household waste and recycling collection services have been operating as normal.
And the council says it has are no plans to change this.
Councillor Brian Jones, Cabinet Lead Member for Waste, Transport and the Environment, said: “Due to many of our frontline workers being unwell or self-isolating, we have brought in workers from other service areas and teams to ensure we’re able to run our more essential collections as best we can, such as food waste recycling, dry recycling (such as cardboard, paper, glass, plastics and cans), hygiene waste (such as nappies and incontinence products) and non-recyclable waste.
“We have prioritised our efforts on these essential collections, but we have cancelled some of our less-essential collections, such as garden waste collections. We recognise that this is proving difficult for subscribers, especially since we have experienced such great weather and we share their frustration.
“Our intention is to reinstate the service as soon as possible, but we cannot do that at this stage due to the ongoing national restrictions and some staff being unable to work safely due to underlying health conditions, which put them at significant risk. However, this position is under constant review.
“We aim to resume the service during May, and we will inform residents as soon as we have a definite date for resuming the service through our web and social media accounts. We would like to thank everyone for their patience during this period”.
Until the garden waste collection resumes, the council is issuing the following advice:
- Store your garden waste in a neat heap in the corner of your garden, turning it occasionally (weekly) to keep it aerated.
- Do not put garden waste into your bags, bins, boxes or caddies for recyclable nor non-recyclable waste.
- Do not burn your garden waste; this creates air pollution that could harm people nearby who may already have breathing difficulties due to COVID-19. There is also the danger that fires could get out of control. Fire services around the country are reporting an increase in callouts due to garden fires.
- Why not try home composting? You could create your own low-cost compost bin or heap, turning your food and garden waste into garden compost that’s perfect for mulching and conditioning your soil. https://walesrecycles.org.uk/recycling-knowledge/i-want-do-more/composting-home
If residents have paid for their garden waste collection, the council will extend their subscription to cover the duration of any missed collections since the service was suspended. For example, if the service was suspended for two months, the Council will extend the collection at no extra cost for the weeks missed..
Those receiving subscription reminders are asked to do so, to ensure that their collection service resumes as soon as the service is reinstated.
For more information, go to: https://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/en/resident/bins-and-recycling/bins-and-recycling.aspx or call us on 01824 706000.