Garden waste collections to restart

Published: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Wandsworth Council is pleased to announce that from Monday 18 May, collection of garden waste will resume.

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Garden waste will be collected on your usual collection day from Monday 18 May. Please put your garden waste out at the same time as your other rubbish, but note that it may be collected later on in the day. 

To help the waste crews with collections, please ensure your garden waste is put out at your property boundary and is clearly visible. 

Advice for residents

There is currently increased pressure on our refuse collection services, so please bear in mind the following:

Try to minimise the amount of rubbish, recycling and food waste you produce

  • Here are some tips on how and what you can compost, along with discounted rates on composters.
  • The waste and recycling centres are running a reduced service and for essential visits only. Garden and bagged rubbish will only be permitted i.e. not recycling, bulky or DIY waste. You can only visit on certain days, based on your car number plate. 
  • If you’re self-isolating and feeling ill, put any potentially infected items like used tissues or cleaning cloths into separate plastic bags and double-bag them. These bags should then be put aside for at least 72 hours before they are put in external bins. If using a street litter bin you must ensure tissues are securely bagged up.
  • Continue to wash your hands regularly, maintaining good hygiene when handling your rubbish and recycling and keeping your distance when the workers are doing their collections.

Councillor Sutters Cabinet Member for Community Services and Open Spaces said:

“I am delighted that we can restart our garden waste collection – it’s great news for Wandsworth residents.

“I fully appreciate that asking you to keep your garden waste at home has been a big ask, so thank you so much for your support over the past few weeks.

“A huge thanks also goes to our waste crews, for keeping Wandsworth running during the coronavirus outbreak. Their dedication and commitment meant that we could continue offering a weekly waste and recycling service.

“I’d also like to thank everyone who wrote, drew or painted a message of support for the Serco bin men and women; it really made a difference and kept them going.”

To find out what’s it’s been like for Wandsworth’s refuse collectors, read a day in the life of Serco bin man Scott Forrester. You can also watch him talk to Councillor Sutters about the messages of support from residents just after the Easter weekend. 

 

Scott Forrester