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Garden waste collections across Fareham are set to re-start from next Monday, April 20th, but residents are being asked to recognize that the service remains under pressure.
Garden waste collections were suspended on March 18. This was due to the number of waste collection staff that were vulnerable or needing to self-isolate as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Refuse, recycling, healthcare waste and glass has continued to be collected in the usual way during this period. Garden waste collections were the first to be suspended because they are not essential. Residents were encouraged to compost their garden waste at home instead.
From next Monday residents can once again put one Fareham Borough Council garden waste sack out for collection with the blue top recycling bin as they would have done previously.
One 20kg garden waste sack will be collected per house - there is no facility for taking any backlog of garden waste.
Councillor Seán Woodward, Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, said: “We have been working hard to deliver all of our services, along with the many extra responsibilities we have been required to fulfil, throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.
“We suspended garden waste collections because we lost a number of operational staff due to them being vulnerable or needing to self-isolate. We took the decision that of all our collections, the garden waste collection was the least essential and residents could store and compost their own garden waste.
“But I do appreciate that some people have found this difficult, so we are going to re-introduce the garden waste collections. However, if staffing levels fall again or there is a need to redeploy staff, garden waste collections will have to be suspended.
“We need the help of all residents if we are to keep this service going during this crisis - one 20kg sack of garden waste per household only please.
“I would encourage residents, where possible, to store and compost their own garden waste on their property, especially during this crisis. If they have a composting bin, then they should use that.”
As residents are not able to collect garden waste bags from the Civic Offices, they should order as usual and the bags will be delivered, free of charge. This service will remain until the Civic Offices re-open to the public.
More information on composting can be found on the Hampshire County Council website at www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/smartliving/inthegarden/composting or at www.lincstrust.org.uk/cy/node/2007
An additional vehicle is now being used for all waste collections to enable social distancing for the collection crews. Each waste collection crew is made up of three people and the extra vehicle means they can avoid having all three in the cab at the same time.
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