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Barrow’s green waste service to restart

Barrow

THE green waste collection service is to restart in the borough from Monday, April 20.

The service was suspended in March following the publication of government guidelines designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

With more team members able to return to work following illness or time spent in self-isolation, kerbside collections are now able to resume.

Residents are asked to bear with the collection teams as they negotiate streets busy with parked cars which can add time to the usual routes.

This can make it more difficult to retrieve refuse bins from the pavement where cars are parked tightly together.

Councillor Steve Robson, Barrow Borough Council’s spokesperson for the environment, said: “We are very proud of the hard work that has been going on behind the scenes to keep the refuse collection service running and now to reintroduce the garden waste collection service.

“The past weeks haven’t been easy.

“Safety is our number one priority and protecting the health and safety of the teams, as well as the public, is paramount.

“We would like to thank the public for all of their support for these excellent key workers so far.

“They have gone above and beyond over the last few weeks and we are very proud of them all.”

The refuse collection has continued to take place throughout the lockdown period despite challenging circumstances.

Now, senior council officers are investigating how the borough’s bulky waste collections service can be reinstated while maintaining the safety of all team members.

Residents are asked to store items for collection in a safe place until the service is operational once more.

They are also urged not to stack bags and items destined for collection or the Household Waste Recycling Centre in public areas like backstreets or ginnels.

Councillor Robson said: “We are pleased to be able to restart the green waste collection service.

“We know people have been spending more time in the garden in this beautiful weather – particularly families with children who want to get outside while the playgrounds are closed.

“I’ve been gardening myself and know what it’s like to keep the waste bagged and on my property. But we would ask people not to stack bags in back lanes.

“This will not only keep our neighbourhoods clean and tidy, but will be safer for everyone too.”

Incidents of flytipping can be reported to Barrow Borough Council on 01229 876543 or via barrowbc.gov.uk

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