Green bin collections to resume next week

Collection of green bins for garden waste will resume across Barnsley from next week following suspension due to COVID-19.

Residents across the borough can put their green bin out as normal on their next scheduled collection day which can be checked at barnsley.gov.uk/bins

Barnsley Council apologises to residents for the disruption to services over the last couple of months and thanks them for their patience and understanding.

The pandemic has affected staffing levels significantly and crews have also had to adapt how they work to make sure social distancing can be maintained and services are safe for staff and residents.

A team effort including staff returning to work, staff redeployed from other areas of the council and some new staff will be working together on green bin collections from Tuesday 9 June.

We’ll try our best to complete all scheduled collections. If any streets are missed please check our alerts web page for details of any re-scheduled collection dates.

Please make sure your bin is not too heavy. There is a risk it may break when lifted onto the vehicle, and if staff think it is too heavy to lift safely it won’t be collected. If you are unsure, please take some waste out.

Residents are also reminded that extra waste cannot be left next to their green or grey bin. The only extra waste which can be left out is extra recycling on either the blue or brown bin collection days.

Composting at home is an environmentally friendly way of dealing with garden waste which will not fit in the green bin. Household Waste Recycling Centres are also accepting garden waste although strict social distancing is in place at these sites which is causing longer than usual wait times.

Cllr Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Environment and Transportation) said: “COVID-19 continues to present enormous challenges for us all, and among them is our ability to collect all Barnsley’s bins safely.

“We’ve continued to receive feedback from the public throughout this period that they’d like us to restart green bins, and we’ve been working hard to organise this.

“I’m delighted we’re now able to resume this service and I’d like to warmly thank all the staff who have been working hard to maintain services as fully as possible throughout this incredibly difficult period, and I’d also thank the people of Barnsley who been extremely patient.”

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