Town councillors celebrate garden waste victory

Date: Friday 1st May 2020

GARDEN waste collections are to resume in Allerdale following calls from Keswick town councillors amid concerns over fires being started by the burning of outside rubbish.

The announcement that Allerdale Borough Council garden waste collections will be resumed from Monday, 11th May, was made by the council this week.

This follows comments made by Keswick town councillors at their latest meeting, which was held for the first time over the internet via Zoom.

Alan Dunn, speaking at the virtual meeting, said: “People love their gardens, so wouldn’t it be wonderful during such terrible times if Allerdale maybe once a month rather than once a fortnight could go out of their way to give us a collection.

“It is not absolutely crucial, but so many people, particularly old people, love their gardens at this time of year. They would very much appreciate that.”

Markus Campbell-Savours, who is also a borough councillor, referred to a fire at Thornthwaite, which had been caused by the burning of garden rubbish, which spread to the nearby fell.

“It is going to happen more and more. We need to try and get a collection restarted,” he said.

A spokesman for Allerdale said: “The council is pleased to announce that the service will be resumed in full meaning residents’ green waste will be picked up every fortnight on the day their collections are currently scheduled for.”

Collections were suspended on 23rd March, in order to help safeguard the council’s waste crews and protect the other collections, such as domestic waste, during the coronavirus outbreak. All other collections were unaffected.

“The suspension was originally due to be reviewed in June, however, the council has fortunately been able to put the necessary measures in place to resume collections earlier than expected,” said the council spokesman.

Residents across Allerdale are asked to play their part in helping the collections to resume smoothly by only placing one garden waste bin out for collection — crews will be unable to collect more than one per property.

They are also advised to make sure their bin is not too heavy — this normally happens if a container is filled with soil.

Collection vehicles have an automatic weight restriction fitted which identifies any bin which is too heavy for the lifting equipment.

They are also being asked to continue to clean bin handles before and after collection and wash their hands after touching a bin, to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Mike Johnson, deputy leader of Allerdale Borough Council, said: “The crews from Allerdale Waste Services have been working exceptionally hard over the last few weeks to keep collections going in challenging circumstances.

“I want to thank them for carrying out their work with the upmost professionalism and maintaining social distancing as much as possible.

“I also want to thank members of the public for playing their part by for showing so much support to our crews as they carried on working for our communities.

“We understand that some inconvenience may have been caused by the suspension, so we thank everyone in Allerdale for bearing with us while these measures were in place.”

Anyone with excess green waste is asked to store it at home until their next collection or to consider home composting as an alternative.

A discounted compost bin can be bought through Cumbria County Council at he Household Waste Recycling Centres (commonly known as tips), run by Cumbria County Council, remain closed temporarily.