Garden waste collection suspended for two weeks in Coventry

Coventry City Council has paused garden waste collection to allow its workers to observe social distancing in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

In order to allow workers to observe social distancing in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, Coventry City Council has announced that they have taken the decision to suspend garden waste collections across the city for the next two weeks.

Garden waste during this time can be composted or bagged up and stored for the next two weeks.

It is recommended that food waste that can’t be composted at home is put into the household waste (green lidded) bin for the time being.

The Council have said they will keep this decision under constant review, but that from Tuesday, 7 April Coventrians should not put their garden waste bins out for collection.

Bulky waste collections, new bin requests and bin repairs remain suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Councillor Patricia Hetherton, cabinet member for city services said on the matter: “We have worked as hard as we can to continue garden waste collections for as long as possible and we’d like to thank everyone for their understanding at this time.

“I’d also thank our bin crews for keeping critical services running. This unprecedented time is showing us what’s important and what’s not, and the single most important thing right now is that we do all we can to keep everyone safe and well.

“By suspending garden waste we can ensure our crews can work and socially distance at the same time. We will monitor this carefully over the next two weeks.”

Some Twitter users voiced their displeasure at the decision, with one asking “do we get a discount on our council tax … for not doing a service”.

Another noted that “while the weather was nice we all cut our lawns and tidied [our] gardens, only to be left now with a full bin that’s going to start stinking”.

Ms Hetherton added: “There may be some delays to household waste and recycling collections as our crews settle into a new way of working, so please leave your bins out and they will be emptied as soon as possible.”