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Householders praised after return of brown-bin collections

By Alan Hendry

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Householders in the north have been praised for adhering to the rules following the return of brown-bin garden waste collections at the start of last week.

Collections had been suspended because of the impact of Covid-19 on Highland Council staff resources.

Carron McDiarmid, executive chief officer for communities and place, said: “Feedback from our crews from the first week of collections is that the quality of the material collected from the brown bins was excellent, with very little contamination, which is really positive, and I would like to thank the public for making a concerted effort to ensure that only the correct material was put into their bins.

"In addition, the amount of garden waste collected in the first week was extremely high with the crews reporting that the majority of permit holders on the routes presented their bins for collection.”

Garden waste permit holders are asked to check the council website for their collection day.

To compensate customers for the three or four missed brown-bin collections, the current permits have been extended for nine weeks beyond their expiry at the end of June and are now valid until the end of August.

Carron McDiarmid thanked the public for 'making a concerted effort'.
Carron McDiarmid thanked the public for 'making a concerted effort'.

The local authority says brown bins must be presented with a valid permit and the bin lids fully closed. No extra side waste will be collected.

Crews are adopting safe distancing procedures due to the continuing threat of coronavirus. This may mean collections take longer to complete than usual so bins should be put out for 7am on the scheduled collection day.

Collections may also be suspended at short notice if there are further circumstances outwith the council's control and residents are advised to check the website for updates.

The garden waste collection service is for the recycling of the following from garden: grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, twigs and small branches, flowers, plants and weeds.

To help reduce the spread of coronavirus, householders should regularly clean their bin handles and lids as well as washing their hands before and after touching their bins.

The council states: "At present it is not possible to purchase a garden waste collection service permit. We are working hard to get the permits back on sale and householders will be informed as soon possible when they are available for purchase."

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