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Redbridge to collect rubbish and recycling together

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 March 2020 | UPDATED: 13:47 30 March 2020

Residents are being asked to store their recycling if they have room, otherwise put it out with the normal rubbish. Picture: PA Images/Philip Toscano.

Residents are being asked to store their recycling if they have room, otherwise put it out with the normal rubbish. Picture: PA Images/Philip Toscano.

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Redbridge households will no longer have recycling separately collected as the coronavirus crisis continues to limit services.

The separate recycling collection is suspended from today, Friday, March 27 and waste for recycling will instead be collected as part of normal rubbish at 5am.

Rubbish and recycling will now be collected together. Residents should either store their recycling for when we resume, or place in tied black sacks, alongside their other rubbish for our crew to collect.

Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal said it was a “difficult decision” made to protect staff and that normal service would resume as soon as possible.

He reassured residents that recycling collected in this way would not end up in a landfill but instead be turned into refuse-derived fuel.

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In a letter to residents, he wrote: “Recycling is really important to us as a council, however, in these difficult times we are unable to keep household rubbish and recycling separate.

“This is simply because we don’t have enough staff available to carry out all the collections safely.

“Sadly, many of our rubbish and recycling staff are having to self-isolate due to the Covid-19 national guidance.

“If you have the space to store your recycling, please hold onto it until the service resumes.”

The council have already moved rubbish collections to 5am and suspended garden and bulky waste collections until further notice.

Cllr Athwal added: “Our staff are doing a great job and I hope you’ll join me in thanking them. If you see them out, please give them a wave, they’ll appreciate it.”


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