Waste service steps up to meet demand

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Lichfield District Council’s Joint Waste Service with Tamworth Borough Council continues to collect at record levels.

Waste levels collected have increased by 20 percent in weight and 40 percent in volume in recent weeks, with residents spending more time at home and the closure of Staffordshire County Council’s household waste recycling centres.

Despite this unprecedented increase in demand, the Joint Waste team has worked tirelessly to maintain a full service, including household waste, recycling, garden waste and bulky item collection.

Councillor Liz Little, Cabinet Member for Recycling & Leisure, said:

“I’m really proud of our Joint Waste Service and the hard work they’re doing maintaining this critical service to the public, and residents have been really appreciative leaving messages of support for the crews. I’m also very grateful that residents are playing their part, reducing the amount of tissues they are putting in the recycling following our recent campaign.

“We do still need to take care on what goes into the blue bins, which should only be glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, trays and tubs, cans and foil, cartons, paper and card. Food and drink containers should be empty and rinsed out.

“In the last few days, two loads of recycling have been rejected from the recycling plant we use due to contaminated waste being put in blue bins.

“I do appreciate the challenge for residents. We’re all spending a lot more time at home and taking the opportunity to have a clear out and making the most of the good weather by getting to grips with the garden. The tips being closed does create a problem and I’ll be encouraging the county council to keep the situation under review. In the meantime, I’m really please we’ve been able to maintain our bulky waste collection for residents to dispose of larger items.” 

For more information about what can and can’t go in your bins, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/bins. To find out more about bulky waste collections and to book online, go to www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/bulkywaste.

Published: 21 April 2020