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Title: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: sarah on Tuesday 24 March 20 15:40 GMT (UK)
We have just been informed that the council has suspended our brown bin collection, which is for waste food and garden waste. We have a huge hedge that need regular cutting soon but what to do with the waste if we have no garden ???? The local refuse is also closed, anyone have any ideas ??

Sarah
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: CaroleW on Tuesday 24 March 20 15:58 GMT (UK)
Are your local tips still opening?  If so - is it feasible to put it in the car and take it?

If they are closed - the hedge cutting may have to wait

We have a separate grey bin for food waste as Fylde council stopped it going in with garden waste. 
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Crumblie on Tuesday 24 March 20 16:04 GMT (UK)
Leeds City Council have announced that litter bins will not be emptied so do not use them, that means the streets will be full of the tissues we are supposed to use and bin. We could of course fill our pockets with our used ones whilst out for our exercise but that is not exactly a good option especially if you are also shopping for essentials.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: sarah on Tuesday 24 March 20 16:11 GMT (UK)
No tip is shut....perhaps I should hide it underneath the pavement ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Milliepede on Tuesday 24 March 20 16:15 GMT (UK)
What is behind said hedge?  Like a neighbours garden or open countryside?  Not suggesting you dump it anywhere you shouldn't of course. 
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: medpat on Tuesday 24 March 20 16:21 GMT (UK)
 We bought a shredder with a neighbour and all our woody cuttings were shredded and then put round the back and side of our garage as a weed suppressor.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Skoosh on Tuesday 24 March 20 16:38 GMT (UK)
Compost it! Even half-filling bin bags & stacking them till composting complete!

Skoosh.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: *Sandra* on Tuesday 24 March 20 16:38 GMT (UK)
We bought a shredder with a neighbour and all our woody cuttings were shredded and then put round the back and side of our garage as a weed suppressor.

Pass through a shredder and use as a mulch or add to your main compost would have been my suggestion. Seems we are all in the same boat.

Sandra
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: sarah on Tuesday 24 March 20 16:39 GMT (UK)
Great Idea but we have no where to stack them. We have no garden :'(
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: *Sandra* on Tuesday 24 March 20 16:40 GMT (UK)
My brother kindly cut our buddleai tree a few weeks ago, pending a collection starting today but of course it is suspended. Unfortunately, ee are left with thicker pieces of branch that won't compost down  ::)

Looking for a wood burner ::)

Sandra
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: *Sandra* on Tuesday 24 March 20 16:43 GMT (UK)
The first thing everyone did with the weather being so nice was go out and cut the lawns and refresh the gardens. We had a normal refuse collection this morning so it seemed strange not to have garden waste.  Crews must be limited.

Sandra
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: ruthhelen on Tuesday 24 March 20 18:08 GMT (UK)
Our council (South Ayrshire) has also suspended garden waste collections. We don't get collections over the winter, so the first of the year was supposed to have been today.

So, of course, I put my bin out last night *before* checking the council website - doh  ::)

Fortunately, I have plenty of space (and my own compost heaps), but I do like to get rid of as much grass cuttings as possible - supply far outweighs demand in my garden  ;D

Ruth
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: omega 1 on Tuesday 24 March 20 18:33 GMT (UK)
Being nosey

How much do you a pay year for your Brown Bin.I know some places are Free .Here in Hastings we had to pay £70 this year :-X

omega
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: PaulineJ on Tuesday 24 March 20 18:50 GMT (UK)
Calderdale (Halifax, West yorks), 40 quid/year
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: guest189040 on Tuesday 24 March 20 19:05 GMT (UK)
How much does your hedge grow a year?

The one leylandi tree I have can put on 1m so hardly unmanageable, the long hawthorn hedge put on about 500mm.

Just leave it and if you have to cut it put it in black bags and store them where you can
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Roobarb on Tuesday 24 March 20 19:06 GMT (UK)
We had such a wet autumn that I didn't get out in the garden to pull out all the dead stuff as I usually do. Early this year we had some lovely sunny days, although it was cold I was able to do the job and also heavily prune some shrubs. My garden waste (currently free) collection only starts in March so I put it into the bin and just waited.  :)

If you chop the branches into smaller pieces they'll go into the bin more easily and then you can just wait for the collection to resume.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Llwyd on Tuesday 24 March 20 20:26 GMT (UK)
Leeds City Council have announced that litter bins will not be emptied so do not use them, that means the streets will be full of the tissues we are supposed to use and bin. We could of course fill our pockets with our used ones whilst out for our exercise but that is not exactly a good option especially if you are also shopping for essentials.

Outrageous.
Our County Council has ceased garden waste collections, closed recycling sites and now they have announced grass verges will not be cut UFN. What is going on around the country?. I think they are taking advantage of the situation.
I have four lawns to cut (done three times already this year), a hedge nearly 80 yards long, which will require cutting in May, and I'm now in the middle of sorting out the garden - pruning, clearing up, weeding.
Luckily, I have a handy spot I can take my bins to and empty them. I'll soon be taking grass cuttings only.
However, apparently the Council will carry over our payments to next year.
 :)


 :)
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Roobarb on Tuesday 24 March 20 20:30 GMT (UK)
Just found out that my local council have now suspended green waste collections. They have, however, made this comment:

" Garden waste collections will cease, as the council has seen a reduction in staff levels, so the council is prioritising the collection of kerbside residual waste and recycling waste;

Residents can still use their green bin to store green waste, but once this is full, please do not put green waste into your other waste bins as this may jeopardise the residual and recycling waste collections. If you have excess garden waste, please store in the corner of your garden. "
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Top-of-the-hill on Tuesday 24 March 20 20:57 GMT (UK)
   Our garden waste collection has also been suspended. We did get one collection in before it happened. Ours have been free up til now, but charging was about to start - I think it will be £45 for 1 bin and about half that for a second one, though they can hardly implement it at the moment.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: suey on Tuesday 24 March 20 21:08 GMT (UK)
My neighbour and I share a bin, I just paid £41 to renew.  We used to both pay for a garden waste bin but the bally thing only gets used for half the year, so it actually only costs us £20.50 each which I donít mind paying. We would compost but the garden isnít big enough  :(

Local tips have closed . Facebook post and pics from today of fly tipping on one of our quieter lanes  ::) dumped last night.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: sonofthom on Tuesday 24 March 20 21:48 GMT (UK)
I suspect tha one of the positive benefits to come out of the present situation is that far more people will discover the benefits of composting. Also people might get into the habit of ensuring that food isn't wasted.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Pennines on Tuesday 24 March 20 21:55 GMT (UK)
We haven't heard anything about garden waste bins not being emptied. Now I've said that it will probably be in the local paper tomorrow.

Our garden waste collections are £20 - from March to November.

Huge disparity it seems up and down the country.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Milliepede on Tuesday 24 March 20 22:07 GMT (UK)
Just paid my green bin for another year and it's £50 (north wilts) I don't really get full use of it to be honest.  It was bin day today and everything was collected apart from the recycling boxes (cardboard/glass etc)
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: antonymark on Tuesday 24 March 20 22:22 GMT (UK)
I'm in Charnwood (Leicestershire) and just had bill due on 1st April - £40 this time. Filled it today and a good bit of trimming and tidying still to do. Will bag and store overflow.

What I have always thought was a fence with ivy clinging to it, is actually ivy with a bit of fence clinging to it!  ;D

Keep safe, Tony.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: oldfashionedgirl on Wednesday 25 March 20 09:20 GMT (UK)
Wow everyone  :o Iím counting my blessings !
I only pay £25 per bin in Edinburgh, I didnít realise it was so much in other parts of the country.

Our council make up for it in the parking fares as they are eye wateringly expensive  ::)
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: sonofthom on Wednesday 25 March 20 10:00 GMT (UK)
40 miles out of Edinburgh we currently don't pay anything for the brown bin collection and, so far at least, no notification that the service is to be withdrawn. Also in our area you have the option not to have a brown bin if you compost waste material. A few years back the council had a big composting drive including providing free compost bins. If you have space for a brown bin then you have space for a compost bin to replace it; we don't have a brown bin.

As for Edinburgh parking charges they are ridiculously expensive. We seldom go to Edinburgh now because of them.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Bearnan on Wednesday 25 March 20 10:05 GMT (UK)
£50 in Birmingham, £45 if you are an 'early bird'  . I paid £45, the price has gone up considerably since last year. Neighbouring Solihull which is literally over the road don't have to pay....... A case of living on the wrong side of the road  ::)

I have just looked at Solihull Green Garden collection information and they are delaying the start date. We have had a couple of collections in Birmingham.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Ruskie on Wednesday 25 March 20 10:20 GMT (UK)
Can you not put the garden waste in the general waste bin?  In my part of the world most people donít fork out for a green waste bin and just throw everything in general waste. 

We are in the minority and have a green bin which costs us the equivalent of about £15 ďset up costĒ plus a similar amount per quarter.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Jed59 on Wednesday 25 March 20 10:38 GMT (UK)
Hopefully the brown bins will start again soon.I googled and Bury have suspended brown bin collections this week and next to concentrate on grey,green and blue bins.  (Weeks beginning 23/3 and 3 April )
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: sarah on Wednesday 25 March 20 10:43 GMT (UK)
It is a privet Hedge, it requires about 7/8 cuts per year it boarders our path and our neighbours so If I did not cut this bit we would not be able to get out of our paths ;D ;D

Our Brown bin for garden waste is a small bin, it lives against the back gate in our yard, so it gets wheeled about when we want to use the gate, so we can not replace it with a compost bin as we would be unable to move it.

I just a bit of an idea this morning of maybe using the waste in Hugelkultur raised bed, I have a small space just behind the hedge to do this  ::)

I would be wairy of putting green waste in the normal bin incase they refused to empty that bin from contamination. A few years ago I used to sweep up and put this rubbish and a few leaves on top of the bin - last time I did that.

Sarah :)
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Milliepede on Wednesday 25 March 20 11:23 GMT (UK)
Strictly against the rules here to put green waste in the normal bin. 

I have been trying to find out about the matalan black bags my last order came in.  They proudly claim "fully recyclable" but can't give me a clear answer exactly where to recycle it! 

Plastics or garden bin or whatever. 
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: tillypeg on Wednesday 25 March 20 13:34 GMT (UK)
Our Council has just announced this morning that the tip is closed, the brown garden rubbish bins will not be collected and the dog waste bins will not be emptied.  Result?? Increased fly tipping and for those of us still allowed our daily walk, watching out for more than usual obstacles on the pavements.  On the subject of general waste bins - they will be emptied as usual "for now".  Last week we received our new Council Tax bill - up nearly 4%.  Bet there are no rebates for reduced services.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: louisa maud on Wednesday 25 March 20 13:44 GMT (UK)
Parts of Essex now cannot use compostable green bags in the brown bin, I have always used them and in fact had bought a new lot of bags just days before this announcement, my brown bin must be one of the cleanest around, it gets scrubbed out frequently as does the green bad blue bin

The bins haven't been emptied for safety reasons, cannot work with half a crew

Louisa Maud
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: wee Hugh on Wednesday 25 March 20 13:45 GMT (UK)
Can you take uncollected waste to the town hall or council offices and dump it on the doorstep?
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: louisa maud on Wednesday 25 March 20 13:48 GMT (UK)
Now now wee Hugh

Louisa Maud
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: aghadowey on Wednesday 25 March 20 13:57 GMT (UK)
This morning it was announced our council recycling centres (dumps) are closed. Last week they announced possible plans which might be put in place regarding bin collections (we have 3- black for household waste, blue for recycling & brown for garden waste) which are collected every 2 weeks (no charge). We can also pick up bio-degradable bags for small kitchen compost container free of charge from recycling centres- luckily I picked up a new supply recently.

Last updated Wednesday 25th March 2020
Black, blue and brown bin collections continue to take place as normal at this time, however, there may be some disruption to service in the near future.
Please ensure that all black bin waste is bagged and stored properly inside the bin.
Please clean the handles of your bins before and after they are left out for collection.
Bulky Waste collections have been suspended and all Household Recycling Centres across the Borough are now closed until further notice.
Residents are asked to keep waste normally taken to the Centres at home until the current restrictions are lifted.


Can't find page on their website now (really poorly done site with information difficult to find at best of times) but basically said 1st cut in services would be brown composting bins (kitchen composting bags can be placed in black household bin), 2nd cut would be recycling bin...

This morning our usual bin day. Black and brown ones put out just after crack of dawn (long driveway and since it was lovely and dry I did a bit of tidying along the way to fill up brown bin). Black bin had 4 very small bags of rubbish (more than usual since child moved back home Sunday night) so we could easily manage having household waste collected once a month.

Haven't been back to roadside to check if anything has been lifted yet...
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: aghadowey on Wednesday 25 March 20 14:53 GMT (UK)
Update- just back from wander down the driveway for fresh air and exercise. Both black (household waste) bin & brown (composting/garden waste) bin have been emptied  :)

Didn't mention earlier but we mulch our lawns so don't use brown bin for grass cuttings but since we have a large garden I can easily fill the bin every 2 weeks even in winter.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: delen on Wednesday 25 March 20 15:54 GMT (UK)
Lucky enough to have room for composting garden waste.
Years ago my Father used to dig a trench and all veg waste was lined in the trench, covered and it made good soil for setting his potatoes. ( I still do this)

No news of our council (suffolk) stopping brown  bin collections yet!
They charge £40.so this was NOT taken up by most of my village and the composting method was used widely on allotments, used mainly  by the older folk, they come us with some good ideas.

hope you are all keeping well.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: ThrelfallYorky on Wednesday 25 March 20 16:01 GMT (UK)
Gulp! Garden waste bin really really full, as I've spent the past fine days really cleaning up the debris and dead foliage, and pruning shrubs .... should be collected Monday morning, not heard anything, just hoping that they do!
(With my luck?....)
TY
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Skoosh on Wednesday 25 March 20 16:26 GMT (UK)
Get hold of old wheelie-bin/bins & use for composting. The stuff will sink and can be tipped out & mixed occasionally. Use an accelerator or a dash of urine.  ;D

Skoosh,
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Llwyd on Wednesday 25 March 20 19:39 GMT (UK)

the dog waste bins will not be emptied. 


Will this eventually cause a public health hazard, especially with warmer weather on the way?  :-X
 :)
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Gan Yam on Wednesday 25 March 20 19:53 GMT (UK)
We were told our council wouldn't be collecting the green bins (garden waste) and not to put in the household waste bin. The first collection since November was due this week.  We have 2 green bins which are currently collected free and a few years ago the council gave everyone a garden compost bin.  They also have two types of food compost bins available (for a charge) which are partially buried into the garden.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Roobarb on Wednesday 25 March 20 21:21 GMT (UK)
Although my council doesn't charge for green waste collections they do encourage us to use the bins, the garden waste is collected, sent for composting then they give it away to the residents! Why don't they sell it?

Go figure!  ::)
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: rayard on Thursday 26 March 20 15:26 GMT (UK)
Sandwell Council does sell it back,  the last time I had to buy compost for seeds everything was full of nasty weeds.
My bin doesn't compost well, should I be using urine?!! I have a shredder but the shed roof came off in a storm and it was ruined.
rayard.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Rena on Thursday 26 March 20 17:14 GMT (UK)
We're having such lovely weather around here that it seems several neighbours have had the same idea - I can't see the smoke but I can smell they're burnng their garden waste
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: John915 on Thursday 26 March 20 19:51 GMT (UK)
Good evening,

I don't see any reason for bin collections to be reduced anywhere. The refuse companies are paid to do this job and no other. They have no extra duties because of covid 19.

We have grey bins (landfill) blue bins (recycling) and green bins ( garden waste). As far as I know they are all being collected but I don't have a green one, think they are £50 a year all year. Then they have the cheek to sell our own rubbish back to us as bags of compost. Don't buy them either, no need. I compost everything, grass cuttings, hedge trimmings weeds after they have wilted, all vegetable matter from the kitchen uncooked. I don't have much use for it now at home but last year took about 20 bags down to the garden I look after twice a week as a soil improver, heavy clay.

I did have a green cone for cooked waste but I think the little microbes you put in to start it burgered off to spain. It never worked, just drove the rats mad trying to get in it . They can chew through the plastic but the chicken wire round the outside defeated them so they ate the poison blocks instead.

If you have allotments nearby I would contact them to take any garden waste for you. You are allowed out for a walk once a day, no reason why you shouldn't take the wheelbarrow with you.

John915

PS, also put all shredded paper, egg boxes etc on the compost. Just pruned the apple trees, that's all been shredded and added to give a bit of texture to the compost. Can't add photo's on my tablet but my compost bin is 8ft sq and 3ft high so lots of it.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Roobarb on Thursday 26 March 20 20:53 GMT (UK)
My bins are collected by employees of the council, it isn't contracted out. They have a shortage of staff, hence the suspension of collections. As long as they collect my general household waste bin I'm not too worried about the garden stuff.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Maiden Stone on Thursday 26 March 20 22:07 GMT (UK)
Get hold of old wheelie-bin/bins & use for composting. The stuff will sink and can be tipped out & mixed occasionally. Use an accelerator or a dash of urine.  ;D

Skoosh,

May need air. My garden waste bin has air holes in the sides and a plastic grating above base.
Offer prunings to an allotment group?
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: louisa maud on Thursday 26 March 20 22:15 GMT (UK)
As a matter of interest  does a compost bin need to  be earth based or on a concrete base, I know next to nothing  about them

Louisa Maud
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Skoosh on Thursday 26 March 20 22:37 GMT (UK)
Drill some holes for air & Rayard check the neighbours when adding the urine!  ;D

Skoosh.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Maiden Stone on Thursday 26 March 20 23:14 GMT (UK)
As a matter of interest  does a compost bin need to  be earth based or on a concrete base, I know next to nothing  about them

Louisa Maud
Better on earth. The brandling worms can go down into the soil in hot weather so they don't cook in the bin.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Bee on Thursday 26 March 20 23:34 GMT (UK)
Our brown bins are still being collected every 2 weeks, (no charge)

Apparently the council are retraining the workers who usually cut the grass and gardens to help with the bin collections
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Maiden Stone on Thursday 26 March 20 23:38 GMT (UK)
My bins are collected by employees of the council, it isn't contracted out. They have a shortage of staff, hence the suspension of collections. As long as they collect my general household waste bin I'm not too worried about the garden stuff.


Same here. I have the advantage of plenty of space in back garden for compost bins and heaps. I frequently have surplus green stuff. 
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: rosie99 on Friday 27 March 20 07:22 GMT (UK)
My brown bin has just been collected.   

It is apparently taken to a local farm where it is broken down into compost.  This compost then goes to other local farms in the area.  I am in Surrey and we pay £57 a year
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: LizzieL on Friday 27 March 20 10:24 GMT (UK)
Our garden waste collection has stopped even though we pay extra for the service. Neither are they going to collect food waste any more. All the tips are shut. Looks like everything will have to fester in the landfill bin which is only collected once a fortnight.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: louisa maud on Friday 27 March 20 10:51 GMT (UK)
I might dig a hole in the garden and bury the grass cutting and let it get on with it, we had cut down a bush  a couple of weeks ago and my bin is full, we do have a brown bin collection next week, details were given by neighborhood watch and we also found it online.

I would prefer they took the brown bin every week and the other 2 fortnightly if they must but we shall see

We just have to be patient and carry on

Louisa Maud
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Llwyd on Friday 27 March 20 12:42 GMT (UK)
Our garden waste collection has stopped even though we pay extra for the service. Neither are they going to collect food waste any more. All the tips are shut. Looks like everything will have to fester in the landfill bin which is only collected once a fortnight.

Collections in some areas are, slowly but surely, being reduced bit by bit. I envisage collections will be stopped altogether in some areas. I still say councils are taking advantage. Not collecting food waste may lead to further public health problems as will not emptying dog mess bins. The weather is only going to become warmer!.
 :)
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: omega 1 on Friday 27 March 20 12:47 GMT (UK)
Brown Bin (garden waste )collection has been suspended until further notice.Its overflowing.
We do have 3 compost bins which we put food waste in as well.

Cut grass can be used for mulching whatever.

Take care everyone

omega
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: rosie99 on Friday 27 March 20 13:01 GMT (UK)
Our garden waste collection has stopped even though we pay extra for the service. Neither are they going to collect food waste any more. All the tips are shut. Looks like everything will have to fester in the landfill bin which is only collected once a fortnight.

Collections in some areas are, slowly but surely, being reduced bit by bit. I envisage collections will be stopped altogether in some areas. I still say councils are taking advantage. Not collecting food waste may lead to further public health problems as will not emptying dog mess bins. The weather is only going to become warmer!.
 :)

Perhaps councils should be emptying these dog bins then covering them so that no one can use them.  Fortunately my council is still emptying them and there were even bags for dog waste there this morning.  Most DW bins in my area you have to lift a lid to deposit the waste so perhaps it is time to cover them. 
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: ThrelfallYorky on Friday 27 March 20 17:41 GMT (UK)
No information on possible loss of collections locally either online or via local press!! Need crystal ball - urgently!
TY
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Llwyd on Friday 27 March 20 20:19 GMT (UK)
Our garden waste collection has stopped even though we pay extra for the service. Neither are they going to collect food waste any more. All the tips are shut. Looks like everything will have to fester in the landfill bin which is only collected once a fortnight.

Collections in some areas are, slowly but surely, being reduced bit by bit. I envisage collections will be stopped altogether in some areas. I still say councils are taking advantage. Not collecting food waste may lead to further public health problems as will not emptying dog mess bins. The weather is only going to become warmer!.
 :)

Perhaps councils should be emptying these dog bins then covering them so that no one can use them.  Fortunately my council is still emptying them and there were even bags for dog waste there this morning.  Most DW bins in my area you have to lift a lid to deposit the waste so perhaps it is time to cover them.
Do you really think that would work, covering them?. There are idiots in my area who put their poo-bags on the ground alongside the bins if they are full, thankfully a rare occurrence. Some even pile more on top. Thick or what?
 :)
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: rosie99 on Saturday 28 March 20 06:52 GMT (UK)
No I do not think covering bins would work for ALL dog owners but it would for the majority. 

It is not only dog owners that think that they can just leave their rubbish on the local streets and recreation grounds though.  On every walk with my dog he manages to find food, drinks cans or some other item that someone cannot be bothered to take home or put in the nearest bin. He can regularly be seen going home from his walk carrying these that he has found.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: tillypeg on Saturday 28 March 20 09:27 GMT (UK)
I keep hearing on the radio that people are now finding the time to sort out their garages.  Where are they going to put all their rubbish now that the tips have closed?  Why not a) put it all back again - well, when you throw something away after keeping it for 20 years "just in case", you find a need for it a week later, b) swap your rubbish with all your neighbours just to make it more interesting, or c) painstakingly photograph all the things you bought that seemed like a good idea/gadget/thingumybob at the time and put them on eBay.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: louisa maud on Saturday 28 March 20 09:55 GMT (UK)
I have decided to put all grass cuttings into a black bin liner and put it under a tree to rot down, food compost is different  is the bit that worries me with the summer coming on, I will clean by brown bin out and put that behind the shed

My biggest waste is wrappings, mostly plastic which cannot be burnt but it is a pity there couldn't  be somewhere to take burnable rubbish to get rid of it that way.

My neighbour has used strong twigs  from her bush she cut down to use as plant posts, normally they would go into the compost bin cut up, thought that was a good idea temporarily till she gets short bamboo canes , the twigs can get composted when everything returns to near normal

I am sure it will sort in self out and at the moment I think there is more to worry about than rubbish and waste bins

Louisa Maud
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: ThrelfallYorky on Saturday 28 March 20 15:27 GMT (UK)
No... can't find online source for delivery of crystal balls.....
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Roobarb on Saturday 28 March 20 16:59 GMT (UK)

My neighbour has used strong twigs  from her bush she cut down to use as plant posts, normally they would go into the compost bin cut up, thought that was a good idea temporarily till she gets short bamboo canes , the twigs can get composted when everything returns to near normal

Louisa Maud

Hope they don't start sprouting!  ;D
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 28 March 20 17:02 GMT (UK)
The general waste bins were not emptied in part of our area yesterday due to crew shortage but they did manage to get enough people together to do a run today. which was fantastic.  It may be our designated days might alter as the situation of the crews change.  Hopefully they can keep those going, would be horrible to see the street start to litter.  Fingers crossed for ours on Tuesday.

Sandra

Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Maiden Stone on Sunday 29 March 20 00:30 GMT (UK)
I keep hearing on the radio that people are now finding the time to sort out their garages.  Where are they going to put all their rubbish now that the tips have closed?  Why not a) put it all back again - well, when you throw something away after keeping it for 20 years "just in case", you find a need for it a week later, b) swap your rubbish with all your neighbours just to make it more interesting, or c) painstakingly photograph all the things you bought that seemed like a good idea/gadget/thingumybob at the time and put them on eBay.

b) I liked the idea . On second thoughts, whoever you swapped with might have to quarantine your treasures for 72 hours and you would have to do the same with theirs.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Top-of-the-hill on Sunday 29 March 20 13:33 BST (UK)
   "Hope they don't start sprouting!"

  My mother had a fuchsia hedge which grew from the twigs she had stuck in to protect her polyanthus from the sparrows. :D
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Llwyd on Monday 30 March 20 19:54 BST (UK)
I'm loathe to mention it again but, despite our council still emptying dog waste bins, the dog waste bin nearest to our house has become full over the weekend. Guess what, people have been piling the bags of waste under the lid and on the ground around the bin.  >:(
I don't suppose, for one minute, any of the people who left the bags in situ thought to telephone/e mail the council to report the situation.
However, despite not having a dog at this time, we took it upon ourselves to report. It wasn't difficult and we were assured it would be dealt with.
 :)
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: rayard on Tuesday 31 March 20 15:01 BST (UK)
In my local park they pile it on top in spite of the notice saying they should use the bins a few yards along.  On my few short single walks this week I've noticed more piles left on the pavements, I suppose they think no one is looking.
Also people have been fly-tipping black bags next to the big green bin on the local pub car park, which is supposed to be for charity clothes. Others have ripped the bags open to see what they can scrounge and I expect dogs have been curious!!
rayard.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: rosie99 on Tuesday 31 March 20 16:00 BST (UK)
My local authority removed most open waste bins a few months ago as people were putting sacks of rubbish in them.  On a few occasions I had seen people leave home with their household rubbish and walk down the road to the waste bins with it. 

Fortunately we don't have a problem here with dog waste, probably just a couple of people who don't clear up, normally down a short alley that leads from one road to another which I don't generally go down.  Also in that alley are takeaway wrappers and beer cans often in carrier bags just left on the side.  Obviously a meeting place but no evidence of drug bits  ;D

We are still lucky at the moment as we have had recycling and food waste collected today and all of the bins on the 'rec' have been emptied. 

I sometimes wonder whether people realise that you can report things to the council and that they may take notice of you.  I report street lighting / roads signs that are faulty or demolished and there is often someone out to see it the same day
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Milliepede on Tuesday 31 March 20 16:21 BST (UK)
I'm a reporter too Rosie, only takes a couple of minutes to report a problem online and they are generally very good at responding and sorting it quickly.



Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: ThrelfallYorky on Tuesday 31 March 20 17:06 BST (UK)
My garden waste bin was emptied yesterday - goody-goody, can start filling it up again!
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Llwyd on Wednesday 01 April 20 20:55 BST (UK)
The dog waste bin we reported on Monday remains full and the number of bags on the ground around it has grown significantly. Reported again.  >:(
 :)
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Llwyd on Thursday 02 April 20 18:46 BST (UK)
Matter resolved - the bags have been removed.
 :) :) :)
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Maiden Stone on Thursday 02 April 20 21:10 BST (UK)
I'm a reporter too Rosie, only takes a couple of minutes to report a problem online and they are generally very good at responding and sorting it quickly.

I agree. Certain problems have priority e.g. glass in children's playground or on sports pitch.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Milliepede on Friday 03 April 20 15:38 BST (UK)
Quote
Matter resolved - the bags have been removed.

Excellent news well done. 
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: jc26red on Friday 03 April 20 16:53 BST (UK)
Iíve received an email today from our local council saying they are restarting the garden waste collections next week  :o

Theyíve actually only missed one week collection but the timing couldnít be worse for them as payments were due at the end of Match. Iím guessing everyone decided to withhold payment until lockdown is over. 

Iím a happy bunny as my bin is already full with grass cuttings and hedge trimmings... and our bin collection is due on Tuesday  :)
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: ThrelfallYorky on Saturday 04 April 20 17:09 BST (UK)
After a sustained session of weeding, my garden bin is half-full already! And I've only got halfway down the long border!
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Roobarb on Saturday 04 April 20 18:20 BST (UK)
Bash it down with a spade TY, it's surprising how much more you can then fit in.  :)
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: suey on Saturday 04 April 20 18:23 BST (UK)
Bash it down with a spade TY, it's surprising how much more you can then fit in.  :)

My husband gets in ours and jumps up and down, he likes to get his monies worth  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Roobarb on Saturday 04 April 20 18:52 BST (UK)
That's an even better option.  :D
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Maiden Stone on Sunday 05 April 20 11:30 BST (UK)
Bash it down with a spade TY, it's surprising how much more you can then fit in.  :)

My husband gets in ours and jumps up and down, he likes to get his monies worth  ;D ;D

Is this his way of keeping fit?
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Milliepede on Sunday 05 April 20 11:33 BST (UK)
I always worry it won't all get emptied if I squash it down too much! 

Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Top-of-the-hill on Sunday 05 April 20 13:29 BST (UK)
   I think they can reject the bin if it is too heavy.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: BumbleB on Sunday 05 April 20 13:30 BST (UK)
I've seen "too heavy" bins disappear into the lorry - and then you have to pay for a replacement  :)
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: candleflame on Sunday 05 April 20 13:35 BST (UK)
Ours are still suspended so haven't started for this year yet . I've filled the garden bin with the worst of the garden prunings and things like the grass mowings. I have a large bag in the garage of the drier prunings. That bag is now full so I'll be onto black bags next. Once they open the tips again we'll take the bags to the tip ourselves .
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Roobarb on Sunday 05 April 20 15:30 BST (UK)
We're not allowed to call it the tip around here, we have to call it the Recycling Centre. We still call it the tip and daringly risk the wrath of the council!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Milliepede on Sunday 05 April 20 15:39 BST (UK)
We call ours the tip too  ;D
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: ThrelfallYorky on Sunday 05 April 20 16:00 BST (UK)
OH has a big chunk of wood we've had around for decades - like a very fat plank. He takes that to the bin when I start complaining I can't fit any more in. He's just done it today.
TY
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: aghadowey on Sunday 05 April 20 20:10 BST (UK)
Our brown bin is due to be collected Wednesday and it is nearly full- with dead-headed daffodils- and quite heavy. I still have lots more daffodils in bloom...
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: rayard on Monday 06 April 20 14:48 BST (UK)
A neighbour up the road decided to burn their rubbish yesterday. The sun was out for the first time for a while, everyone had washing out and windows open. Smoke was billowing everywhere.  The veranda/porch  still smells. I was amazed at the stupidity.
rayard.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Maiden Stone on Tuesday 07 April 20 22:12 BST (UK)
I've just found out that my council is doing a "special uplift" of brown bins in April. My brown bin day is tomorrow. Bins should be on the street by 5.45 a.m.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Jed59 on Wednesday 08 April 20 10:29 BST (UK)
We had a one off brown bin collection here in Bury.. no food waste collected till further notice. Asked to put it in the grey bin for now,  but no garden waste.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Maiden Stone on Wednesday 08 April 20 12:17 BST (UK)
Woke at 5.30 to put bin out. There are 2 more at the far end of the street. Other residents may be unaware of the special uplift or have used alternative methods for garden waste.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: rayard on Wednesday 08 April 20 14:51 BST (UK)
I Just wish the alternative wasn't smelly bonfires. It was dreadful last night again and there are black bits on my windowsills!
rayard.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Maiden Stone on Wednesday 08 April 20 18:46 BST (UK)
6.45 p.m. My brown bin not emptied yet. Some other residents put their bins out yesterday evening, then took them in again after word got round that the brown bin collection was suspended.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: aghadowey on Wednesday 08 April 20 21:16 BST (UK)
Black & brown bins scheduled to be collected today and we've been advised to have bins at roadside by 7 am- mine out long before. Brown one (full) collected about 9 am and black one an hour or two later. Since daffodils starting to wilt and a few garden projects* going on- weather's been lovely this week- brown bin already has good layer inside.

* stone wall at back behind garage being moved to side of front garden & broken fence at roadside being recycled to fence behind garage
* path below deck widened and sods going at bottom of garden
* bed at bottom of garden enlarged to make mowing under tree less hazardous 

now to find spaces to put my three composting bins...
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Maiden Stone on Friday 10 April 20 00:08 BST (UK)
The notice on the council website has been amended since Tuesday. Brown bin collection restarts next week. It will be the usual day each month. It means mine isn't due until May. There were several brown bins still out tonight, left by people thinking there was a collection this week (including me).
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Llwyd on Friday 10 April 20 20:27 BST (UK)
On our state approved one bit of exercise today we noticed that one of our very rare council litter bins had been closed by the council. The openings were blocked off by appropriately sized pieces of wood, secured in place by two metal bands with fasteners. The pieces of wood had professionally produced signs on them explaining that this was entirely due to the Covid-19 outbreak and would remain closed.
The service provided by the council is being reduced further all the while and I cannot but help feel that councils are taking advantage of the situation to do so.
More litter on the streets.
 :)
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Bee on Friday 10 April 20 22:58 BST (UK)
Here in East Yorkshire there is no change to out bin collections, though the recycling sites/tips have been closed until further notice.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: rayard on Saturday 11 April 20 15:04 BST (UK)
I presume the bins are being covered to stop people putting contaminated items in, the person emptying would be at risk. I have noticed face masks and gloves being discarded in the streets, after people have left a shop for instance.
rayard.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Llwyd on Tuesday 14 April 20 19:27 BST (UK)
The fly-tipping of garden waste has started in our area. Whilst on our walk today along one of our rarely used lanes we came across three plastic bags dumped on the side of the road. It was obvious they contained cut grass only because they had been ripped open by something - gulls, crows, jackdaws?. No doubt more will turn up in the same location.
We got to wondering why the person  who was responsible for this just did not scatter the bag contents around the various grass verges where it would hardly have been noticed. I suppose the fact that he or she is a thoughtless, half-witted, brain dead idiot has something to do with it.  >:(
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: LizzieL on Wednesday 15 April 20 10:34 BST (UK)
A few days ago, on our village FB page there has appeared an advert from a company willing to take away garden waste for £5 per binload. Our council service (when it was running) cost us approx £1.60 per binload.
The minimum number required for them to run this service was 20 bins as they are based around 40 miles from our village. Within minutes over thirty people said they were interested, some with two or three bins plus bags. One or two villagers wondered how they were going to get rid of the waste as all the local tips for domestic waste are closed, then a parish councillor posted to say that those using the scheme must check that the operators have a waste disposal licence from the Environment Agency. One of the villagers, who had taken it on herself to organise the list of participants, contacted the service to ask about the licence. Still waiting to hear back...
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Maiden Stone on Wednesday 15 April 20 12:15 BST (UK)
A neighbour up the road decided to burn their rubbish yesterday. The sun was out for the first time for a while, everyone had washing out and windows open. Smoke was billowing everywhere.  The veranda/porch  still smells. I was amazed at the stupidity.
rayard.

Edinburgh Council announced a ban on garden bonfires to protect the lungs of vulnerable people who have been advised to remain indoors and to open a window for fresh air.
 
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: LizzieL on Wednesday 15 April 20 12:21 BST (UK)
We have similar on our local council website. But not clear whether it's a ban or advice / guidelines or similar weasel words which people don't think applies to them
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: oldfashionedgirl on Friday 01 May 20 13:53 BST (UK)
Hip hip horray  ;D

The council are going to resume the garden waste collections from 11 May.

Itís the small things that make me happy these days.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: IgorStrav on Friday 01 May 20 14:08 BST (UK)
I have two lawns to cut, one of which is partially meadow (nothing to do with the effort of mowing it all, what on earth do you take me for  ::))

What astonished me was the volume of cuttings from the small back lawn (unmeadowed), which more or less fully occupied my brown garden waste bin. I had some residue cuttings which I put on one side and are now in the bin after it was emptied on Thursday  :D.

Really grows, doesn't it, grass.....
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Llwyd on Tuesday 05 May 20 20:35 BST (UK)
Good news!. Our garden waste bins are to emptied but, it appears, only over a period of just two weeks. Because they are fortnightly collections this means everyone, who has paid for 2020, will now have their bins seen to in that period.
We're hoping to have them emptied and then being able to persuade the binmen to let us refill them with the stuff in the black bags and then empty them again.
 :)
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Maiden Stone on Wednesday 06 May 20 19:33 BST (UK)
Mine was emptied this morning. Food caddy this afternoon. 1 recycling bin was emptied on Monday. Another should be next Monday.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Gadget on Thursday 14 May 20 10:03 BST (UK)
Wish us luck - our three recycling centres were opened again last Monday so we are going to brave the rush this pm. 
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Skoosh on Thursday 14 May 20 10:09 BST (UK)
Make the most of it Gadget, as for plants I'm living on borrowed thyme!  ;D

Slainte'
Skoosh.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Llwyd on Thursday 14 May 20 19:52 BST (UK)
Wish us luck - our three recycling centres were opened again last Monday so we are going to brave the rush this pm.

Ours open soon but the "overflow" stuff has gone in the landfill bin and been taken away. At some point though we will probably have to brave the trip to the recycling centre because the garden waste bins will be emptied next week as a one off UFN.
 :)

Make the most of it Gadget, as for plants I'm living on borrowed thyme!  ;D

Slainte'
Skoosh.

Really?. I was hoping for some sage advice.
 :)
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Gadget on Thursday 14 May 20 20:01 BST (UK)
It was in mint condition  :)
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Maiden Stone on Friday 15 May 20 00:20 BST (UK)

Really?. I was hoping for some sage advice.
 :)

Mary has risen to the task and constructed a compost bin. It has been our salviation.  ;D
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Skoosh on Friday 15 May 20 08:34 BST (UK)
A "Wormery" might be the way to go, info' online & brandlings, the right kind of worms, can be got from angling stockists!

Skoosh.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Brickwall Demolisher on Friday 15 May 20 08:43 BST (UK)
An Update on the reopening of my recycling of waste centre?

Supposedly opening Monday 18th May,?

But not yet for all types of waste?

Gone now is just load up your trailer and off you go? for garden rubbish etc?

Best to check on your web site - With my Recycling Depot, only accepting waste disposal depot entry by previously booked phone appointment ??

Disposal of Garden Rubbish - My area is not / will not yet be accepted?

Check first with your local waste site as to what they will accept beforehand.

 Be Alert / Stay Safe, Regards

Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Gadget on Friday 15 May 20 09:15 BST (UK)
We were given clear instructions on the Council's website:

https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/environment-and-waste/recycling-rubbish-and-waste/household-waste-recycling-centres-1
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: dowdstree on Friday 15 May 20 09:24 BST (UK)
Brown Bin collection for Garden Waste is to be resumed here in Edinburgh as of next week.

Good news

Dorrie

Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: oldfashionedgirl on Friday 15 May 20 09:58 BST (UK)
Hurray theyíve just been  ;D
Iím putting my mockers on and of out in the sunshine to fill it up again.
Simple pleasures these days  :D
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: LizzieL on Friday 15 May 20 11:47 BST (UK)
our garden waste resumed this week. Food waste as well, hopefully that will be weekly again.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: LizzieL on Friday 15 May 20 11:56 BST (UK)
Our local waste sites are only taking essential waste. We live 200 yards from a county boundary and our nearest site is in a different county. They are now saying that people have to carry a document with evidence of their address to check they are county residents. They never used to check. So we will have to drive further from home to take waste to the nearest tip in our own county, using more fuel and more roadspace. And checking the council website, own county tip is closed today anyway.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Maiden Stone on Friday 15 May 20 16:05 BST (UK)
A "Wormery" might be the way to go, info' online & brandlings, the right kind of worms, can be got from angling stockists!

Skoosh.
I didn't have to buy any. "Build it and they will come". Although they were probably here already. I used to give them corrugated cardboard to live in before the council began recycling.
Part of contents of old compost bin or heap should be kept for a new one to ensure presence of brandlings. They go down to base and may go underground if compost becomes too dry.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Skoosh on Friday 15 May 20 20:04 BST (UK)
Quite a demand for them Maiden Stone, a nice side-line?  ;D

Skoosh.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Llwyd on Wednesday 03 June 20 14:57 BST (UK)
Hurray. Our "brown bin" collection service resumes its fortnightly collections from 8th June.
 :) :)
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Roobarb on Wednesday 03 June 20 17:41 BST (UK)
Ours too Llwyd, although ours are green bins. Makes more sense really doesn't it?  :D
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: LizzieL on Thursday 04 June 20 15:01 BST (UK)
Our large bins for garden waste are brown, our green bin is a tiny one for food waste. Our food waste has to go in brown or pale green compostable bags first. Our non-recyclable waste used to be dark grey, but is now purple (and smaller). Our original dark grey one is now for recyclable bottles cans etc. Cardboard used to go in our paper crate, which was black and has now changed to dark blue and we now put cardboard in the dark grey bin (which used to be the landfill bin) with the glass and bottles. Before we changed to the dark grey bin for our cans etc, we had a crate which looked like our paper crate but was dark grey, that was when we put cardboard with paper and not with metal and glass. Hope you're following all this - why do they make it so hard to recycle?
When they temporarily stopped collecting garden waste and food waste, we had to put food waste in non-compostable bags of any colour we wanted and put it in the purple bin which used to be grey.
A couple of hundred yards down the road is another local authority area which has another system entirely.
Heaven help you if you're colour blind.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: aghadowey on Thursday 04 June 20 15:25 BST (UK)
Lizzie- my parents have a similar and just as equally confusing recycling system where they live. I'm terrified of putting things in the wrong place when I visit and constantly as where each bit of rubbish goes.

When my daughter lived in Morriston (outside Swansea, Wales) they had a system involving (from memory) green & pink bags. Each week 2 different colour (flimsy) bags were collected but they contained different items. For example, week 1 might be newspapers (green) & glass (pink), weeks 2 changed to cardboard (green) and plastic (pink). Cant remember if there were more than 2 weeks in rotation but I stayed there about a month and used to check leaflet taped onto the fridge door to see if I had right week.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: John915 on Thursday 04 June 20 16:04 BST (UK)
Good afternoon,

Mid Sussex has never stopped landfill or recycling collections, alternate weeks. But they did stop collecting the green garden waste bins. I don't have one because I compost everything. But they did start collecting them again after about a month when the fly tipping started.

The local amenity tips were all shut (West Sussex run) but reopened a few weeks ago. However, this is where it gets stupid, only for garden waste or black bag rubbish which would normally be collected at kerbside, ie, landfill.

So we can go to the tip with all the rubbish which the bin men are collecting anyway. Can't help but think that someone, somewhere wasn't thinking at all.

John915
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Llwyd on Thursday 04 June 20 20:59 BST (UK)
I have long thought that recycling throughout the UK, including the colours and sizes of the bins we use, should be uniform, It would make things easier for all concerned I'm sure.
By the way, our Council is to give us a "refund" for non-collection of garden waste via a reduction of £8 per bin on next year's subscription.  :)
 :)
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Skoosh on Thursday 04 June 20 22:55 BST (UK)
It would also cost a fortune & not necessarily fit the bin lorries in current use!

Skoosh.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Maiden Stone on Thursday 04 June 20 23:11 BST (UK)
Waste policy of a council may differ according to contract it has with a recycling company.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Skoosh on Friday 05 June 20 08:37 BST (UK)
Of course Cowban, our bins are being changed shortly to fit a new wagon. I couldn't object to a Euro-bin or even a Tartan-bin but a Brit-bin , nae chance!   ;D

Skoosh.
Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Llwyd on Friday 05 June 20 20:41 BST (UK)
Your reasons  against uniform waste collection across Britain may possibly have some validity, but they simply demonstrate the need for uniformity. Anyway, since when did any council bother too much about spending money, even unnecessarily?.
 :)


Title: Re: Brown Bin Collections suspended, what to do with garden waste ?
Post by: Maiden Stone on Friday 05 June 20 22:06 BST (UK)
Your reasons  against uniform waste collection across Britain may possibly have some validity, but they simply demonstrate the need for uniformity. Anyway, since when did any council bother too much about spending money, even unnecessarily?.
 :)

My council changed the system when their contract with a recycling firm ended. Price paid for mixed recyclables no longer covered cost of collecting. Contract with a different firm pays more. Higher price paid for ready-sorted waste. There are now separate bins for paper and glass. New bins paid for by gov. grant, only available to early-bird councils. ( It may have been EU grant, I can't remember.)
I agree with need for uniformity.
I think producer should be responsible. I sometimes leave excess packaging at supermarket checkouts.