Bin collections are being changed for tens of thousands of residents as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Newcastle Borough Council’s refuse service has been hit by reduced staffing levels due to some workers needing to self-isolate.
The authority – which is introducing the changes from Monday, March 30 – says the move will allow it to maintain the overall service for as long as possible.
The biggest change is that garden waste bins will no longer be collected on the opposite weeks to household rubbish bins – with both now being emptied on the day household waste is usually collected.
The council will send different vehicles to empty each bin.
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The council has also warned that due to the ‘unprecedented situation’ there may come a time when it will take garden waste to the incinerator, instead of composting it.
Separate recycling collections for food waste, textiles and small electrical items have also been suspended.
Residents should put all food waste, bagged, in their household rubbish bin rather than the caddy. Textiles and electrical items may also be placed in the household rubbish bin, or kept until normal service resumes.
All other recyclable items will be collected together and sent for sorting elsewhere.
Councillor Trevor Johnson, right, cabinet member for the environment and recycling, said: “We are doing all we can to maintain operations across all of our collection services.
“Our staff, key front-line workers as waste collection is vital for public health, are doing the best they can under extreme circumstances. Reduced staffing numbers, due to the impact of coronavirus locally and the need for some of our staff to self-isolate, has led us to make these temporary changes.
“We ask all our residents to understand why we’re doing this and to please work with us to make sure the overall waste collection service can continue.”