Green bin collections back to fortnightly

All being well...


Thanks for your thanks sign on an SCDC bin lorry – with the council's very hard-working bin crews managing to empty more bins than planned, green bin collections are returning to a fortnightly routine.

“Keep putting green bins out fortnightly” is the message from South Cambridgeshire District Council as bin crews are thanked for ’emptying extra’.

It seems the council’s very hard-working bin collection crews are managing to empty more green bins than planned – so we’re being encouraged to put our green bins out fortnightly, even though only a monthly collection is currently guaranteed.

Which means the next green collection will be on Wednesday, 20th May… all being well.  The next definite collection date is 3rd June.

The Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service suspended collections at the end of March due to staff illness or self-isolation issues because of the coronavirus pandemic.  Green bin collections resumed in Hatley on 6th May – with only monthly collections guaranteed due to social distancing requirements between the crews, as highlighted in our earlier news story.

Thanks for your thanks sign on an SCDC bin lorry – with the council's very hard-working bin crews managing to empty more bins than planned, green bin collections are returning to a fortnightly routine.

Thanks for your thanks sign on an SCDC bin lorry.

Even so, during the first week of the resumed garden waste collections under the new social distancing requirements, crews were tasked with emptying around 33,000 bins.  Despite dealing with bins which were much heavier than usual, they managed to collect more than 48,000 bins, hence they feel able to empty our green bins on guaranteed and non-guaranteed collection days.

Interestingly, more than 1,200 tonnes of garden waste was collected across Greater Cambridge during the first week of the resumption of green bin collections.  This compares to a total of around 3,500 tonnes during the whole of May 2019.  So, a very big round of applause for our bin men and ladies!

Heather Williams, our District Councillor, said:

“While I appreciate things are less than perfect at the moment, our refuge collectors are working incredibly hard to give the best service they can and I would encourage all residents to keep putting out their green bins.

“Just bear in mind, please, bin routes do not necessarily match parishes, so the occasion may arise where part of the parish is collected and another part is not.”

Meanwhile, one of the council’s bin lorries has deservedly been covered in a special collage of some of the ‘thank you’ messages residents have created for waste crews during the past few weeks.


Further info

For information about bin collection services or to find your usual collection date visit www.scambs.gov.uk/recycling, where you can also find answers to frequently asked questions related to green bin collections.  These include information on how to:

  • Help avoid spreading coronavirus via your bins.
  • Store your green bin to avoid pests if it contains food waste.
  • Set up a home composter.
  • And why the green bin collections were suspended as opposed to the blue or black bin collectionswhich remain unaffected and residents should continue to put their black and blue bins out as normal.

The Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service is a partnership between South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council.


Post created 14th May 2020.