Wealden’s garden waste collection service is to resume from Monday (April 20).
The district council says it will follow the existing schedule but contractors will not be able to take any extra garden waste left by the side of the bin.
To make up for three weeks missed during the suspension period an extra month will be added to next year’s collection so people will get 13 months for the price of 12.
If you are not sure when your collection is due you can find your next garden waste collection day, and download your garden waste collection calendar for the rest of the year, from the Wealden website and use the Bin Day Search facility.
The council originally announced suspension of the garden waste service for a four-week period because of disruption caused to staffing levels by the Coronavirus.
But it says it has worked hard with Biffa under difficult circumstances to bring the service back after only a three week gap.
Social distancing measures to protect the public are still in place and staff availability will remain under close review.
The council says: “Whilst we are hopeful a subsequent suspension of this service will not be required, should it be necessary in order to prioritise our essential waste and recycling collections, we will do so and of course inform customers immediately.”
It adds: “Although many people will have been making use of the time at home to keep their gardens tidy, please do not leave extra garden waste on top of, or around the bin, as it will not be removed.
“Do not overfill the garden waste bin or make it too heavy as this could result in the bin not being emptied or it getting damaged.
“Remember: the local Household Waste Recycling Sites are currently closed. You can continue to help us by avoiding creating unnecessary waste until the tips can reopen.
“Please do not place excess garden waste in your refuse or recycling bins because it will not be emptied. Where possible please continue to compost at home. Here’s some advice on home composting . Don’t be tempted to fly tip. Most residents in Wealden are very responsible. Fly tipping is an offence and offenders will be prosecuted.”
The sign-up process for the Garden Waste Service from July 1, 2020, is now open. You can sign up between now and June 8 to ensure you receive the licence label for your bin for collections in July.
The council says: “We are very grateful to our garden waste customers for their understanding and support during this difficult time we all face together.
“To ensure you are not disadvantaged in any way by the period the service was suspended, we will be extending the next Garden Waste Service year starting July 1, 2020, by an extra month, making it 13 months for the price of 12 months.
“The licence label you will receive may still say it is valid until June 30, 2021, but we will not be asking customers to pay for July 2021 collections and the following renewal will start from the August 1, 2021.”