Manchester residents advised of essential changes to bin collections
Manchester City Council is making essential changes to how waste is collected during the coronavirus pandemic, due to decreased levels of staffing.
Garden and food recycling bins and caddies will not be collected until further notice, in order to ensure that collection of grey rubbish bins can continue as normal. New requests for green bins, caddies and caddy liners have also been paused.
Garden waste, vegetable peelings, fruit and coffee granules can be composted at home. Residents who do not have a compost bin should place their food waste in the grey rubbish bin instead.
If you or someone you are living with has any Coronavirus symptoms, it is vitally important to keep your personal waste such as tissues separate. Public Health England advise that these items should be placed in a tied bag and then stored inside another tied bag. This waste should be kept separate from your other rubbish for 72 hours, before being placed in the grey bin outside.
In line with government advice, all Household Waste Recycling Centres in Greater Manchester are now closed. No new bulky waste removal bookings will be taken until further notice, though crews are working to complete existing bookings.
The council will be monitoring the situation constantly and will in the first instance post the latest updates to www.manchester.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, said: “Our crews are working hard to make sure that bins are collected, but due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, we now have less staff available, which is why we have been forced to adapt our service and unfortunately, suspend collections of green bins for the foreseeable future.
“We know this will cause inconvenience to residents and we regret having to make this decision, but it is vital that we focus our available resources.
“While we are all at home, it’s clear that we will all be generating more waste. We encourage all residents to recycle as much as possible and please do not put out large items such as furniture and electrical items, as these cannot be collected if you have not already arranged for this to be done.
“I would like to thank residents for their understanding and support during these unprecedented times. The situation will continue to change and evolve, so please keep updated by checking www.manchester.gov.uk/coronavirus for the very latest information.”