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Recycling service to resume in St Helens

Article date - 15 May 2020

Plans are set for St Helens’ waste and recycling collection services to make a phased return to normal starting on Monday 25th May.

The recycling and food waste collection service was suspended in March to prioritise staff resources around household waste and clinical collections.

As part of the phased return, which will be completed by 8 June, brown bin services will go back to fortnightly collections, with the final weekly brown bin collection taking place on Friday 22nd May.

The recycling and waste collection crews will be operating on the Bank Holiday of Monday 25th May, so there is no change to normal collection days that week.

Residents who have been storing excess recycling in readiness for when the service resumes can put out as much recycling as they are able to, so long as recyclables are not mixed and are properly contained, as follows:

How the phased return will work:

The recycling service’s return will begin on Monday 25th May, with the final weekly brown bin collection taking place on Friday 22nd May.

The easiest way to check your household’s collection schedule is to visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/collections, and enter your postcode and house number. The website has been updated to reflect the phased return.

Residents without internet access may still have their personalised collection calendar, which were previously distributed to homes across the borough. The calendars detail whether a household is a Week 1 or Week 2 property, which defines when they would normally have their brown bin and garden waste collected fortnightly, with weekly recycling collections.

Collections will revert to this schedule in three phases as follows:

Phase 1 – week commencing Monday 25th May:

Phase 2 – week commencing Monday 1st June:

Phase 3 – week commencing Monday 8th June:

Councillor Andy Bowden, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said:

“I want to thank you as local residents for your patience and understanding throughout this period. Recycling is one of the most important services we provide to our community, so the decision to suspend it was not made lightly, but one we had to make to ensure that we could provide priority household and clinical waste services more frequently.

“It’s been great to see the positive local response to our crews too in these unprecedented times. Every letter, every poster, every rainbow and every passing thanks from residents to our crews has been really appreciated, and has made a massive difference to them as they make their round.”

An announcement is to be made soon about the resumption of garden waste subscription and bulky rubbish services.