Should I put my bin out? Councils to continue rubbish collections over Easter


Bin collections are continuing across Stoke-on-Trent over the Easter weekend.

Grey and blue bins will still be emptied on Good Friday and Easter Monday as Stoke-on-Trent City Council continues to provide the service during the coronavirus pandemic.

But garden waste brown bin collections remain suspended during the Government lockdown.

It comes as dozens of council employees have been redeployed from other areas of the authority to become bin-men in recent weeks.

A council spokesman said: “Grey and blue bin collections will take place as normal over the bank holiday, so if your bins are due to be collected on either Friday or Monday, put them out as normal.

“We want to remind residents to wipe down their bin handles to help keep our crews safe. Brown bin collections are still suspended.”

Staff training to become refuse collectors at Newcastle Borough Council

Displaced staff at Newcastle Borough Council have also been trained to act as refuse collectors.

It comes as a quarter of the council’s bin-men are currently self-isolating after displaying symptoms of the coronavirus.

The biggest change has seen people’s garden waste bins collected on the same day as their general waste bins. Separate recycling collections for food waste, textiles and small electrical items have been suspended.

Bin collections will continue on Good Friday and Easter Monday across Newcastle borough.

Council leader Simon Tagg said: “Many of our dedicated staff are still able to keep important functions running, such as revenues and benefits, as their role allows them to work from home.

“But it’s people like leisure staff who physically can’t do this – as Jubilee2 is currently closed – that are coming forward to use their skills in a different way.

“This means certain services, which are experiencing exceptionally high demand at the moment, have the support available when they need it most. This is very much appreciated and shows how committed our workforce is. It’s very heartening to see.”

Bin collections are also being carried out by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council on Good Friday and Easter Monday.





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