Green Bin Collection

A green bin waste collection is being partially re-introduced by South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) after it was suspended at the end of March.

Starting week commencing 4 May the council is introducing a monthly collection of green bin waste across the district, aiming to make one collection per household each month until further notice.

SLDC suspended green waste collections in response to reduced staffing levels due to the Coronavirus outbreak and restrictions to ensure crews could work safely and comply with social distancing guidelines.

The council now believes it has sufficient staff numbers and available vehicles to look at re-introducing a green bin collection on a monthly basis, while still allowing crews to work safely. From next week residents are being asked to follow these steps:

–  Starting week commencing 4 May, check your collection calendar and leave your green bin out on your next scheduled collection day

–  Collection crews will begin emptying green bins on the round on the scheduled collection day

–  If your bin has not been emptied by the end of the scheduled collection day please take your bin back in and present it again on the next scheduled green bin collection day according to your calendar, when the crews will return to continue the rest of the round

Councillor Eric Morrell, SLDC’s portfolio holder for Customer and Commercial Services, explains: “The crews will be collecting as much of the round as they can on the scheduled collection day, but we already know we won’t be able to get round everyone due to ongoing social distancing restrictions limiting the number of crew in each vehicle.

“If your bin is not emptied on the first collection date we’re asking people to re-present their green bin on the next scheduled date and we will continue the round and will be trying our very best to get everyone’s bin emptied in the month.