Green bin collections suspended – until 6th May

And double bag black bin waste if suffering coronavirus symptoms


SCDC bin lorry on its regular Wednesday round to Hatley. South Cambridgeshire District Council normally empties black bins one Wednesday, green and blue bins the next – from 23rd March to 6th May 2020, green bins won't be emptied during the coronavirus crisis.

South Cambs District Council has announced green bin collections across South Cambridgeshire and Cambridge City will not take place between Monday 23 March and Monday 4 May (so Wednesday, 6th May in Hatley).

Its press release states:

Our green and blue wheelie bins. South Cambridgeshire District Council normally empties our bins on a Wednesday.

Green bin collection is being halted during the coronavirus crisis.

The Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service, a partnership between South Cambridgeshire District and Cambridge City Councils, has made the decision in order to support staff and the recycling and waste service as a whole during the coronavirus outbreak.

The suspension of green bin collections will allow crews to concentrate on emptying blue and black bins during the coming weeks. It will also assist with any future staff sickness or self-isolation issues.

As always, residents are being encouraged to waste as little food as possible, so they minimise the amount they need to throw away. For this period only, the advice to residents who do have food waste will be to put it into the black bin.

Residents who enjoy spending time in the garden and growing their own food are also being asked to consider home composting as much of their garden waste as possible.

Residents who are subscribed to the additional green bin collection scheme, and therefore pay for more than one green bin to be collected, will see a reduced fee for their permit upon renewal in the October.

The bulky waste collection service, which collects large items from residents’ homes, will also be suspended during this period.

Head of the Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service, Trevor Nicoll, said: “Our priority is to try and maintain a regular waste collection service throughout the difficult months ahead and to do what we can to support the health and wellbeing of all our staff and residents.

“We’re making this change now to make sure we can focus on collecting blue and black bins as normal for as long as we possibly can.

“Our hardworking bin collection crews are trying their very best and deserve all the help we can give them.

“Suspending green bin collections will take some of this burden off them – they each walk the equivalent of a half marathon every shift.

“Residents can help by trying their very best to absolutely minimise the amount of food that they are throwing out and trying not to generate garden waste for now.

“It will also be a big help to our crews if residents whose bins don’t have much waste inside can wait until it is full before putting it out – if they think they can manage until their next collection.”


Double bag black bin waste if suffering coronavirus symptoms

The Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service has also published advice on handling waste if your household is displaying symptoms of coronavirus:

If you’re experiencing the main symptoms – a new, continuous cough and/or a high temperature – please be very careful when disposing of your personal waste (including used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths/wipes) at home.

The advice for disposal of this waste is as follows:

      • It should be put in a plastic rubbish bag and tied when full.
      • The plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag and tied.
      • It should be kept separate from other waste in suitable secure place on your property for 72 hours before being placed in the black bin as normal.

The principle behind this method is that after 72 hours outside the body, the virus is no longer viable.

This approach will help keep bin collection crews as safe as possible.

Other household rubbish and recycling should be treated as normal.

Avoid household recycling centres
If you or anyone in your home is self-isolating or is confirmed as having coronavirus, Cambridgeshire County Council is politely asking you do not go to any of its household recycling centres (these are local to Hatley).

Residents who experience any waste-related difficulties during this period are asked to email refuse@scambs.gov.uk or call 03450 450 063.

Please note that it may take longer than usual to receive a response as the service adapts to different working practices.

— End of press release —

Post created 19th March 2020.