Green bins collections to be paused for Manchester households from next week

Manchester residents are reminded that as of Monday 13 April, their garden and food (green) recycling bins will no longer be collected until further notice. 

Between Monday 6 April and Friday 10 April, a one-off final round of green bin collections is being completed, to make sure that any stored-up organic waste is removed from households.

Manchester City Council has been obliged to make this decision due to a reduction in staff capacity caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  Pausing collections of green bins will allow the collection of other waste and recycling bins to continue for householders as normal. 

After Friday 10 April, food waste should be disposed of in residents’ non-recyclable (grey) waste bins until further notice, while garden waste should be stored in green bins until collections can be restarted.

Residents are encouraged to take full advantage of their waste capacity by recycling as much as possible - but not to put out bulky items such as furniture and white goods, as new requests for them to be picked up cannot be processed at present. 

Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, said: “Due to reduced staffing levels caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have regrettably had no choice but to temporarily pause collections of green garden and food waste bins.  

"However, other waste and recycling bins will continue to be collected as normal, so we’re urging residents to recycle as much as they can, while placing any garden or food waste in their grey bins until normal service can be resumed.

“I’d like to once again pay tribute to our fantastic bin crews, who work so hard to provide this essential service for our city - and to reiterate my sincere thanks to residents for their understanding, at what is such a challenging time for us all.”

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