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Garden waste suspended due to coronavirus

Garden waste suspended due to coronavirus

Due to the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Braintree District Council has made the decision to suspend its garden waste collections starting 25 March.

The Council has taken this decision so that its resources can focus on collecting essential grey bins, food waste and recycling, including glass from bring bank sites during the coming weeks and for the foreseeable future.  People will be unable to report missed garden waste collections whilst this service is suspended.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to reduced resource within the service as well as an increase in the amount of rubbish and recycling households are putting out for collection as they spend more time at home.

Whilst garden waste collections are on hold, residents are encouraged to consider home composting as much of their garden waste as possible. Alternative ways to make the most of garden waste include: using grass cuttings as mulch

  • cutting up and compacting garden cuttings and clippings, to reduce the volume making it easier to store
  • postpone some/all of their gardening tasks until the service resumes.

Composting at home is a quick, easy and cost-effective method of clearing away garden waste and making a free supply of compost to use in your garden. Whether it’s vegetable peelings and eggshells from the kitchen, compostable products, shredded paper or the cuttings from the lawnmower, simply add it to a compost bin and it will gradually break down to produce environmentally friendly compost.

The Love Essex website also provides information on how to create your own home compost.

The collection of all other recycling and rubbish materials including flats and assisted collections are currently unaffected.

Councillor Wendy Schmitt, Cabinet Member for Environment and Place, said: “These are unprecedented circumstances and as a council we have to use the resources we have available in the most appropriate way and it’s important that we prioritise other collections where more waste is being produced. Our priority is to try to maintain essential services throughout the difficult weeks and months ahead and to do what we can to support the health and well-being of all our residents and staff. We are making this change now to make sure we can provide important waste and recycling collections for as long as we possibly can.

"We know spring is a busy time for gardeners and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but we hope that households will understand our decision and make use of other options such as home composting and mulching during this time. Thank you to everyone for their understanding and patience during this time.”

Braintree District Council is encouraging people to check their dedicated webpage www.braintree.gov.uk/coronavirus and social media channels to keep informed of the latest guidance and advice for COVID-19 and any changes to its services.

For the latest public health guidance visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.