The garden waste service has been suspended. Cotswold District Council now has a 20% shortage of staff and no longer has enough experienced drivers available for vehicles on all collection routes. Therefore, they are suspending the garden waste service with immediate effect so they can prioritise drivers on the main (statutory) collection services.
All other waste and recycling collections are continuing as normal for the moment.
People should increase their home composting and/or reduce the amount of garden waste produced. Lawns are the usual problem – mowing less, planting more wildflower meadow areas, leaving more areas to grow long and only picking up the cuttings every other mow (which lets it dry on the ground before it goes in the compost) all help. If residents don’t have a compost heap now would be an excellent time to start one.
Gloucestershire County Council has already closed the Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) so green waste cannot be taken there.
Residents should not put garden waste in the black wheelie bin – excessive wet waste is a problem for the operation of the “Energy from Waste” (Javelin Park Incinerator) plant where all Gloucestershire’s black bin waste goes. Garden waste in the black wheelie bin will not be accepted.