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Brown bin collections to resume next month

Garden and food waste to be collected from Wednesday 6 May

Image of brown bin courtesy of WHBC

The borough council has announced that refuse and recycling crews will empty the brown bins again next month after a six-week pause in the service due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The suspension of the service was announced on 25 March, shortly after many people had paid their annual standing orders for garden waste and food waste collections and had received their stickers for the coming year.

Now, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) says the service can resume.

A statement on the authority’s website explains that the collections were put on hold in order to enable the council to concentrate on “more critical refuse and recycling services”.
“At the start of the coronavirus, depleted bin crews - due to self-isolation, increased need for social distancing and sickness - meant that the council had to make the difficult decision to suspend brown bin collections so that it could protect the vulnerable and prioritise the most critical collection services: refuse, recycling and clinical waste.”
WHBC says crews are now able to restart brown bin collections alongside maintaining the regular priority collections.
“Anyone who subscribed to the garden waste service both this year and last can put their bin out on their usual collection day. We will ensure everyone receives their final collection for 19/20 if they were missed due to the suspension of the service.”
If residents would like to subscribe to the service for 2020/21, they can do so online at www.welhat.gov.uk/gardenwaste. The council is urging people to do this as soon as they can to ensure their bins are collected when collections resume.

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