LIVERPOOL City Council will suspend its green waste collection service as of Monday 23 March due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The council says that it will be prioritising resources to support household waste, recycling and clinical waste collections for the foreseeable future. The council’s green waste collection service began again in late February after being suspended over the winter months. It is a free service offered to all households in the city by Liverpool Streetscene Services Ltd (Ltd). LSSL usually devotes 12 wagons and up to 28 members of staff to the fortnightly green waste programme. However, the authority is anticipating the potential need for refuse workers to self-isolate due to coronavirus and will be re-deploying green waste collection staff to support purple and blue bin and clinical waste collections. The council is urging residents not to put green waste into the purple or blue bins. Members of the public can still take their green waste to one of the city’s two Household Waste Recycling Centres at Otterspool or Cheadle Avenue in Old Swan. Liverpool residents can also make use of recycling facilities in Sefton, Knowsley and Kirkby or any of the 14 sites across Merseyside. Alternatively, residents are advised to compost or stockpile their green waste until collections resume.
Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Highways, Cllr Sharon Connor said: “The council has decided to suspend the green waste collection service so we can give priority to our other collection services. “It is extremely important that we make sure that our household and clinical waste collection services continue to prevent further potential further risks to public health due to the accumulation of such things as food waste. “We would urge people who have green waste to home compost in the first instance. If, for any reason you cannot do this then you could take it to a household waste recycling centre. “The green waste collection service will resume as soon as possible but in the meantime, we would ask residents to bear with us and dispose of their green waste responsibly.”
• For more information about waste collection in Liverpool, visit www.liverpool.gov.uk and search for ‘waste and recycling’. • For more information about waste collection and recycling across Merseyside, visit the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority website https://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/