Garden and recycling waste collection to resume in Redbridge

Recycling and green garden waste collections will resume in Redbridge later this month.

Both collections were put on hold at the end of March due to staff shortages, with many council refuse workers forced to self-isolate due to the coronavirus.

Fortnightly garden waste collections will begin again from May 11, while weekly recycling collections will continue from May 18.

Waste that poses a risk to family or pets and needs to be disposed of immediately can be taken to the Chigwell Road Recycling and Reuse Centre (RRC) from May 11.

Redbridge Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal, said: “I’m pleased to announce that recycling and green garden waste collections are due to start again in the coming weeks. 

“I’d like to thank residents for their patience and understanding during this difficult and busy time.

“I would, however, ask that you please hang onto any additional recycling and green garden waste until we can collect it.”

Cllr Athwal added that trips to Chigwell Road RRC should not be made unless absolutely necessary, asking residents to “be patient and bear with us” as the council catches up on collections.

He added: “I appreciate many of you will have been hard at work in the garden, especially with the warm weather we’ve enjoyed over April.

“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.

“And please be warned; there may be long traffic queues going into the site, as we’ll need to ensure that the appropriate social distancing measures are in place to protect residents, as well as the staff working there.”

After May 18, residents should leave recycling out on their normal collection day, which they can check on the council’s website.

Chigwell Road RRC, managed by East London Waste Authority (ELWA), will close at 4.15pm and earlier at weekends and bank holidays.

There will be a temporary restriction on large vans and trailers and staff will not be able to help handle or move items.

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Victoria Munro

Local Democracy Reporter