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Recycling and green garden waste collections to resume in May

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Redbridge Council’s recycling and green garden waste collections will resume this month.

Fortnightly green garden waste collections will start from Monday 11 May. Weekly household recycling collections will begin from Monday 18 May.

“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the council made the difficult decision to stop separate recycling and green garden waste collections at the end of March to concentrate on household rubbish. This is because there were not enough staff and drivers available to carry out all the collections safely, as many were self-isolating due to the government’s COVID-19 national guidance,” explained a spokesperon.

When the services restart, residents should leave their recycling out on their normal collection days (check your’s here) and can start separating their recycling once again in the black and blue boxes.

Chigwell Road Recycling and Reuse Centre will also reopen from 11 May, but with long queues expected, residents are urged not to make any unnecessary trips to the site.

“While Chigwell Road RRC is reopening, I would urge residents to not make any unnecessary trips to drop off rubbish, unless they absolutely have to. Our refuse crews will be collecting household rubbish, recycling and green garden waste, so please be patient and bear with us as we catch up. We may not be able to take all your green waste or recycling in one go. We will collect as much as we can and take what remains on your next scheduled collection date. You should only visit Chigwell Road RRC if you have waste that may be harmful to your household, such as dangerous DIY materials, or broken items that have sharp edges and could hurt your family or pets,” said the Leader of Redbridge Council, Councillor Jas Athwal.

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