Erewash Borough Council is pleased to confirm that it will carry out garden waste collections for an initial four-week period from Monday 11 May.

Brown bins will be emptied alongside recyclable waste in the Long Eaton and south area week beginning 11 May and then in Ilkeston and north of the borough week starting 18 May, with repeat collections from 25 May and 1 June. Tips for residents ahead of the collections resuming can be found at the bottom of the page.

Garden waste collections were suspended just over a month ago to focus on household waste and recycling collections and new ways of working to meet the government’s guidelines on social distancing and the safety of staff during the covid-19 crisis.

The council appreciates that many residents have been spending more time in their gardens during lockdown and so has been constantly reviewing the position. But the priority has to remain the collection of black bin and recyclable waste and the restart of the garden waste collections will have to be monitored during the four-week period.

Councillor Garry Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, says:

“We are fully aware that during the lockdown many residents have been spending more time in their gardens and have full brown bins, so I am sure this news will be welcome. We are committed to ensuring our frontline services work as effectively and efficiently as possible - while always ensuring the safety and well-being of our staff and customers.

“We thank residents for their support for our refuse crews and hope they will understand that garden waste collections will have to be reviewed over this four-week period and if the situation changes then we may have to return to focusing only on household and recyclable waste.”

Brown Bin Tips

Erewash residents are being urged to check their brown bins ahead of the restart of garden waste collections next week, with the borough council offering advice to help smooth the resumption following a six-week suspension.

Many householders will have had garden cuttings inside their bins for several weeks and the waste, by now, is likely to be compacted – meaning it may not empty out into the refuse vehicle. Residents are asked to use a garden fork to loosen the waste, particularly at the bottom of the bin, before putting it out for collection.

If a bin is unable to be emptied, refuse crews will attach a yellow tag to the handle of the bin to explain the reason. Residents can help ensure this does not happen by taking the following precautions:

• Do not contaminate the brown bin. It is for garden waste only and must not contain items like food, recycling or black bin waste.

• If the bin is too heavy it won’t be emptied. This will only apply if the lift on the refuse collection vehicle is unable to lift the bin.

• Only use a brown bin for garden waste. Any other bin with garden waste in will not be emptied.

• Please note that additional side waste such as bagged garden waste cannot be collected.

Residents are also reminded to ensure their bin is out by 7am on their collection day. If a bin is not out and this is recorded by the crew, the council is not able to return to empty it until the next scheduled collection day.

Erewash Borough Council

Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5RP
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