GREEN waste collections in Liverpool will be suspended for the winter period at the start of November.
Liverpool Streetscene Services Ltd (LSSL), has announced that the last round of green waste collections will be between Monday 9 November and Friday 20 November.
Residents are encouraged to visit Liverpool City Council’s website: www.liverpool.gov.uk/bins to find out when their final collection will be.
In the height of the summer, LSSL devotes 12 wagons and up to 37 members of staff to the fortnightly green waste programme.
Each year the service collects around 17,500 tonnes of green waste, which is recycled for use in the agricultural industry.
With the onset of winter and the end of the growing season, LSSL says the demand for the collection service drops significantly.
Suspending the services means that resources can be re-directed to support other collections services such as household residual and dry recycling and alleyway cleansing.
Residents who wish to dispose of their green waste after the suspension date are encouraged to home compost or to use one of the city’s two Household Waste Recycling Centres at Cheadle Avenue, Old Swan or Otterspool. Liverpool residents can use any of the 14 recycling centres across Merseyside, including those in nearby Sefton and Knowsley.
It is anticipated that the Green Waste Collection Service will begin again in late February, 2021.
If you’re a Liverpool resident you can buy subsidised compost bins at: http://www.merseyside.getcomposting.com/
For more information about waste collection and recycling across Merseyside, visit the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority website: https://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/
Liverpool City Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability, Cllr Laura Robertson-Collins, said: “We have seen some real increases in recycling rates in our city during the Covid pandemic and we want to thank everyone for their co-operation and support.
“We are striving to make our city as green and environmentally-friendly as possible and Christmas is usually a time when there is an increased demand for recycling.
“Like many other service areas, our waste collection and street cleaning services have been hit hard by the Covid pandemic, so having the ability to relocate staff to other areas is key.
“We would urge everyone to continue to do their bit to make Liverpool cleaner and greener and keep up the good work.”
Carl Beer, Chief Executive of Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority, said: “Householders can, of course, bring green and garden waste to any of the 14 Recycling Centres across the Liverpool City Region. Currently, due to Covid-19 Tier-3 restrictions, people should visit their Recycling Centre only if it is essential. If waste can be disposed or recycled through kerbside collections, or if items can be reused or repurposed, then please do so. Home composting is a great way to use up garden and some kitchen waste.”