Garden waste collections resume next week

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Last Updated: 06 May 2020 10:46am

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council will resume garden waste collections in the borough from Monday 11 May 2020.

The service was suspended in early April to prioritise essential kerbside collections for recycling, refuse, food and clinical waste amid staff shortages caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Refuse collectors who have been sick or in isolation have now returned to work in sufficient numbers to begin collecting from the 27,000 homes with brown bins across the borough.

Residents with garden bins are asked to put them out by 7am on their usual collection day/week. Collection dates can be checked via the waste services pages.

A significant backlog of garden waste is expected but householders are being asked not to overload their bins or put out extra bags which will not be collected as they use up truck capacity and prevent rounds being completed. Subscriptions to the service are being extended to cover the period when it was not possible to collect garden waste.

Council Leader, Nicolas Heslop, said: “This has been a hugely challenging period for many of our frontline services and I’m pleased we are now able to resume these collections. It will be a big task to clear the backlog so we would appreciate it if those with a lot of garden material to get rid of could stagger what they put out over a few collections. This will help ensure crews can complete rounds and no one misses out. Looking further ahead, we will continue to keep all our operations under review and do everything possible to provide the services people need in line with the latest government guidance.”