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Great Yarmouth Borough Council to postpone garden waste collections for four weeks from Monday

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is postponing brown bin garden waste collections for four weeks, from Monday, March 30, in order to prioritise residual waste collection. Kerbside collection of the black/grey general rubbish bins and the green recycling bins is continuing as normal, with residents asked to put out their bins on the usual days.


Garden waste materials remains non-hazardous if left for longer than two weeks and can also be home-composted if residents prefer. Please be aware that all Household Recycling Centres across Norfolk have been closed temporarily by the county council so garden waste cannot be taken there at current.  

The situation with brown bin collections will be reviewed after four weeks. Garden waste collection is an opt-in paid-for scheme, so customers will have their subscriptions extended by a month to account for the loss of the two fortnightly collections. We have temporarily suspended the ability for customers to either renew existing subscriptions or to make a new subscription. We will reopen the ability to do these once we return to normal service

Cllr Penny Carpenter, chairman of the environment committee, said: "During this challenging time for everyone, it is important we resource our most important services. Due to the developing situation and latest national advice regarding Covid-19, waste collection services are currently operating with a reduced number of staff.  

"By postponing the garden waste collections, we are able to use these vehicles, drivers and loaders to support general rubbish, recycling and clinical collections, which must be prioritised. This decision was made jointly with our operational partner, GYB Services Ltd. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and we thank you for your continued understanding and patience in these exceptional circumstances."

Last modified on 06 May 2020

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