As of Friday 27 March, Redbridge Council will be suspending kerbside recycling collections and will now be collecting residents’ rubbish and recycling together.
“We’ve had to make the difficult decision to stop collecting recycling separately and concentrate on household waste, simply because we don’t have enough drivers and staff available to carry out all the rubbish and recycling collections safely. Sadly, many of our staff are having to self-isolate due to the COVID-19 national guidance,” said a council spokesperson.
The council is also asking residents to reduce household waste items where possible.
“In practical terms, this just means that people need to leave their household rubbish and recycling out together. I would also ask residents to ensure that all bags are closed firmly and not split,” added the Leader of Redbridge Council, Councillor Jas Athwal.
While these changes are in place, residents are allowed to bag up their recycling with their rubbish. If recycling boxes are used during this period, their contents will be put in the waste truck along with the rubbish.
If you’re part of the wheelie bin, the council will collect additional rubbish if you place it a black sack next to your bin.
The council has published an FAQ page on their waste and recycling changes.