As the coronavirus pandemic is continuing to put pressure on waste and recycling services, collections of garden waste will be suspended from Monday 28 December 2020 until Friday 8 January 2021. At a time when collections of rubbish, recycling and food waste are always busier than usual, this will enable Joint Waste Solutions (JWS) to focus on delivering these key services.
JWS have managed to maintain services during the pandemic, despite collecting extra waste and seeing more absence amongst crews due to coronavirus. But this will be harder to do at a time when waste volumes are likely to increase even further and the collection schedule will change to catch up after the bank holidays.
The amount of garden waste collected is generally lower in the winter months, so JWS have the option to suspend it during the festive period. Doing so for a short period allows them to prioritise the key services and every customer will only miss one garden waste collection.
The service will resume from Monday 9 January 2021, with collections for customers who would normally have been due on 25 December.
Garden waste customers who would like to recycle their Christmas tree can chop the tree up and put it in their bin for collection once the service resumes.
Alternatively, you can take your tree to your nearest collection point or community recycling centre.