Householders told ‘keep your rubbish’ as council suspends recycling service

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Householders in Forres will have to store their recyclable waste at home as Moray Council suspends the collection of recycling bins until further notice.

The council say that suspending recycling collections will have the least impact on householders and council waste operations, and allow them to focus on delivering critical public services during the emergency Covid-19 response. Residents are asked to bag or box any extra paper, card, glass, cans, and plastic bottles until the service resumes.

From Monday (30 March) only green and brown bins will be collected and Collection dates for these bins will stay the same.

Moray Council has followed other local authorities in Scotland which have introduced this measure in response to a reduction in workforce as staff follow government guidance to self-isolate, and to reduce the number of crew members in each vehicle to comply with social distancing instructions.

Moray Council’s Waste Manager, Mike Neary, is urging residents to be mindful of the amount of waste being produced by their households.

“We know that reducing recycling collections will be disruptive to households and we apologise for this. We have a duty of care, to colleagues and residents, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and we must make sure we can continue to provide services in the safest way possible.

“Please do not place recyclables into your green bin as these will end up in landfill. If you can, bag or box any extra recycling materials you have and store these until recycling collections resume. We’ll restore a full service as soon as we can, and will collect excess.”

Marc Hindley
Author: Marc Hindley

Marc has worked as journalist and photographer all over Scotland. He also runs a PR and digital marketing agency Canary Dwarf. He has lived in Forres with his wife and three children since 2001.