Update on 'one-off' green bin collections

Following discussions with our partners, Totally Local Company, we're pleased to announce that our Green Bin collection will operate an ad-hoc service over the next three weeks.

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, our Green Bin collection was suspended on March 30.

The council has continued to review its service capability on a daily basis in the expectation it can undertake an additional ad-hoc Green Bin collection for our residents.

It currently has the capability to do this and it can announce that it will collect residents' Green Bins from Monday, April 13.

Cllr Sheila Bailey, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Stockport, said: “We are able to do this because of the amazing commitment of our workforce, delivering a key service during the Covid-19 pandemic and I would like to thank them all.

"We have trained some extra HGV drivers to boost our numbers and a small number of others have returned to work after a period of self-isolation.
Whilst we are far from full capacity, we believe we can manage a one-off collection.

"However, it is important that we keep our workforce as safe as possible during this terrible period. We have put in place a number of safety measures aimed at doing this; increasing social distancing, providing protective equipment and cleaning our vehicles daily.

"We also need to limit the opportunities for spreading the virus as well as being able to continue collection of the Black, Brown and Blue bins so we will not be reinstating the Green Bin collection permanently for the foreseeable future.”

The council will provide one collection of the Green Bin to make sure that they are all empty of food. This will ensure that all waste food that has been put in the bins before the rounds were stopped has been collected.

If your collection day is a:

• Monday then please put your green bin out on Monday 13th April
• Tuesday then please put your green bin out on Tuesday 14th April
• Wednesday then put your green bin out on Wednesday 22nd April
• Thursday then put your green bin out on Thursday 23rd April
• Friday then put your green bin out on Friday 1st May

Our crews are going to be working as hard as they can to collect your green bins even though we’re still not at full capacity.

If your Green Bin is not collected on your scheduled date please leave it out as it will still be collected the following day or later on in the week.

You must make sure your bin is out, ready for collection, by 7am.

Residents are advised to continue to put food waste in their Black Bin until further notice as we will not be emptying the Green Bins again until the lockdown is over.

Ideas to help reduce residents food waste include:

• Trying out recipes that could use up some of your leftover food. Here’s one to get you started: Stockport Frittata: 3 potatoes, 4 eggs, 1tbsp milk, onion, garlic, grated cheese, leftovers (ham/pepper/mushroom/broccoli/toms/courgette). Boil/cool/slice potatoes, fry onions/garlic until soft, Add potatoes and leftovers. Heat. Add beaten eggs/milk. Cook until set. Add cheese. Grill until golden brown. And enjoy!

• Create a mini-composter in your garden using leftover food waste (vegetable only). Also add your garden cuttings once you’ve got round to trimming that hedge/lawn.

• Use your fridge wisely - some foods keep better outside the fridge. This includes bread (keep it in a cool dark place like a bread bin or cupboard), bananas, pineapples, potatoes and onions.

• Measure your portions - reduce waste by cooking only the amount you need. Measuring takes away the guesswork and makes it more likely you will get the right amount.

But remember, while you don’t want to throw out food that is still good to eat, don’t risk it when it comes to food safety for you and your family.

If something smells like it has gone off or has mould growing on it, please throw it in the bin.