Food waste collections in Tameside temporarily cancelled

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 4:08pm

By Charlotte Green, Local Democracy Reporter @CharGreenLDR

Food waste collections across Tameside are being cancelled until the end of the week as crews try to catch up with missed rounds.

The council says it will not be collecting brown bins for the rest of this week while the waste department focuses on missed black, blue and green rounds.

Brown bin waste includes plant trimmings, grass cuttings, compostable bags, and cooked and uncooked food.

Posting on its social media, a council spokesperson said: “Our bins crews are working hard to empty as many bins as possible in difficult circumstances however we’re cancelling all brown bin collections for the rest of this week to catch up with missed rounds. 

“We hope to resume a full service again next week. Thanks for your patience.”

Staff from the grounds maintenance department have already been redeployed to bolster the bins team to try and keep collections on track.

Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, council leader Brenda Warrington praised the work of staff on the frontline, and said many had been drafted to new departments to support services.

“In efforts to protect the public to use our workforce where it will do the most good, and to follow government guidance many have found themselves placed in unfamiliar roles and in familiar situations in this past week but nevertheless they have continued to carry out their assigned tasks with diligence and with professionalism,” she said.

Coun Warrington described the fight against Covid-19 as ‘one of the gravest in living memory’, adding social distancing and staying home was key in stopping the spread and saving lives.

“The next few months are likely to challenge us like nothing else we have ever faced,” she said.

Elsewhere across the borough, all playgrounds are now closed and the town hall is putting in place signage and taking ‘reasonable steps’ to remove items such as swings.

All of Tameside’s outdoor market activity has been ‘suspended’, including Ashton and Hyde’s outdoor market.

Following the further social distancing measures and regulations announced on Monday, and ‘at the request of the remaining trading businesses’, the council is also temporarily closing the indoor market in Hyde.

This will cease running from 3pm on Friday, March 27 ‘until further notice’.

The council has also made the ‘difficult decision’ to postpone or cancel all its scheduled events in response to the coronavirus crisis.

This includes the Spring Family Fun Day on April 26 and the planned VE Day celebrations on May 8.

All ‘non-essential’ council construction work has also been suspended to protect workers and the local community while also diverting resources to vital services.

However, essential and emergency highways and infrastructure work to keep transport and services running – such as winter gritting, streetlighting, gully cleansing and pot hole risk management  – will continue.

This also includes the construction site at the new bus station, the Ashton Transport Interchange junction.

Utility companies will also continue to carry out essential works to ensure they continue to provide vital services to homes and businesses.

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