Garden and bulky waste collections are set to resume in Sunderland.
Garden waste collections were due to begin on 31 March but were temporarily suspended to allow the council to concentrate its efforts on supporting the NHS and prioritising services for vulnerable people.
This decision also meant that the council's environmental teams could support continued provision of refuse and recycling collections in accordance with Government guidelines on the prioritisation of services at a time of increased pressure on resources.
Householders who have subscribed to the garden waste service will see fortnightly garden waste collections resume the week beginning 28 April. Collections are on the same day as residents get their green household waste bins emptied.
There will also be an extra collection at the end of the first week to collect additional garden waste people may have been storing in their gardens. For those who get their bins emptied between Tuesday 28 April and Friday 1 May the additional collection will be between Saturday 2 and Monday 4 May, while for those who get their bins emptied between Tuesday 5 and Friday 8 May, it will be between Saturday 9 May and Monday 11 May. Any additional garden waste which householders have been storing in their gardens should be emptied from bags or boxes directly into brown bins. To check your bin collection dates visit: www.sunderland.gov.uk/bindays
Anyone who hasn't already subscribed to the garden waste collection service, can still do so for a charge of £32.50 for the year at www.sunderland.gov.uk/gardenwaste
The council's bulky waste collection service will also resume the week beginning 28 April after being temporarily suspended for the past month This means householders will once again be able to arrange for up to six items of household waste to be taken away at the reduced cost of £10, which was agreed as part of the city council's budget setting process in March. To book a collection contact: www.sunderland.gov.uk/bulkywaste
The council is continuing to review the Government's guidance on Household Waste and Recycling Centre opening during the outbreak, but for the time being these facilities remain closed.
Cllr Amy Wilson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: "Pausing our garden and bulky waste collection services when we did allowed us to concentrate our efforts on supporting the NHS and prioritising help for vulnerable people at the same time as keeping our refuse and recycling collections going when resources were particularly stretched as a result of Coronavirus.
"We're delighted to be able to reinstate these services for householders who wish to make use of them. We've obviously had to prioritise services in these unprecedented times and very much appreciate the responsible attitude the majority of people have taken while the services were unavailable.
"We know our residents take a real pride in where they live and the importance they place on living in a clean green city. And we understand that many of them will have generated extra garden waste after spending more time in their gardens during the lockdown, carrying out all the jobs they don't normally have time to do. That's why we have arranged an additional collection the weekend after the first to mop up any backlog.
"We also hope that reinstating the bulky waste collection service, at the new reduced cost of £10 for up to 6 items, will assist people in managing and disposing of their waste properly. Hopefully this means fewer people will be tempted to use unscrupulous operators who charge householders to take their rubbish away, only to fly tip it elsewhere.
"We would like to thank our residents for their patience in bearing with us and ask that they continue to support us by placing only the correct items in their refuse and recycling bins.