Garden Waste Service returning to normal collection dates from 28 September

Following disruptions due to Covid-19, East Suffolk’s garden waste service is now set to return to normal on Monday 28 September, in accordance with the original bin collection dates.

This means that households who subscribe to the service will once again have their green bins collected on the same day as their blue bins after this date. Please refer to your collection calendar or use the online calendar to check your collection dates: http://apps.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/pages/bins/collectiondays.aspx.

Cllr James Mallinder, cabinet member for the Environment, is keen to remind residents that home composting is a great way to get rid of surplus garden waste and some food waste, such as vegetable peelings.

He said: “Although we offer a kerbside garden waste collection, we still want to encourage residents to compost at home, where possible. It’s a really easy and environmentally friendly way to dispose of surplus garden waste and appropriate food waste, and also helps to significantly reduce carbon emissions which is good for the planet and the environment. The small changes we make in our behaviour will make a big difference over time. Most garden waste and uncooked food can be composted and turned into free nutrient rich food for gardens, which can be used on vegetable gardens and flower beds or placed around trees to improve the soil structure and nutrient content.”

Learn more about home composting, and how to get a discounted compost bin at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/home-composting

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Garden Waste Collection temporarily suspended

Message from East Suffolk Council

In the interests of crew safety and to ensure that household waste and recycling collections are prioritised, East Suffolk Council and East Suffolk Norse have taken the decision to temporarily suspend the collection of garden waste.

The final round of garden waste collections will take place on Friday 27 March.

These changes will ensure that all vehicles and crews are being used to collect household waste and recycling during the current restrictions and they will continue to be emptied on established collection days.

When garden waste collections recommence, subscriptions will be ‘rolled forward’, which means that a new annual payment will only be required once each subscriber has received their full quota of 12 monthly collections.

Cllr James Mallinder Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “In these unprecedented times we must get the balance right between delivering essential services and safeguarding the health of our staff and communities. Fewer collections ensure that our crews will spend less time in close proximity to each other, which then reduces the risk of spreading the virus and creating further disruption to our teams.

“We appreciate that stopping this service will cause some inconvenience but we sincerely hope that everyone will understand that this is being done to safeguard wider public health.”

Cllr Mallinder also confirmed that there are no current plans to stop the collection of recyclables – however the Council will continue to monitor the situation. Additionally, he hopes that people will give some thought to what they purchase and the build-up of household waste.

He said: “It is important that people are only purchasing the food items they need to ensure that shops are able to replenish their stocks in good time. However, this is also important to help minimise waste and the build-up of rubbish, should there be further impacts on our collection service. Garden and food waste should also be composted wherever possible.”