Councils move collections due to funeral of the Queen

Many councils across the UK have announced changes to their kerbside collections, with a large number also to close household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs) in light of Her Majesty the Queen’s funeral on 19 September.

Birmingham will be collecting waste and recycling on Monday

With the government announcing a national bank holiday for the day of the Queen’s state funeral on Monday, local authorities have adjusted their waste and recycling services.

While it is common for councils to avoid collections during bank holidays, in this case, most appear to have taken the decision to collect waste and recycling on another day. And, recycling officers group LARAC (see below) have said they believes councils are confident in rearranging services next week.

Examples of service changes include in Nottinghamshire where Newark and Sherwood district council, has notified its residents that “any bins due for collection on Monday, 19 September, will instead be collected on Saturday, 17 September”, including trade waste bins.

Mansfield district council has opted for the same approach, announcing that there will be no bulky waste collections on Monday either.

Wyre council and North Kesteven district council are also amongst the ones that have moved their collections to Saturday.

Glasgow city council has announced it will be collecting on Sunday, 18 September instead, with Sandwell council spreading the Monday collections over both days of the weekend.

Postponed

London boroughs such as Hackney, Hillingdon, Harrow and Richmond upon Thames have announced they will be postponing collections until Tuesday, 20 September.

Hampshire authorities such as Eastleigh borough council and Basingstoke & Deane are pushing back collections by a day.

Bath and North Somerset council will be skipping the recycling collections next week, and postponing residual waste collections until Tuesday as well, “aiming to get to the bins by Thursday at latest”.

Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service, which comprises of Cambridge city council and South Cambridgeshire district council have postponed collections by a day for every day of next week, returning to normal schedule on Monday 26 September.

Birmingham

Some authorities are continuing with services on the day of HM the Queen’s funeral. Birmingham city council said: “As is the case on many other Bank Holidays, crews will be delivering the waste and recycling collections usually scheduled for Mondays, so residents due to have their bins picked up on the day should present them in the standard way.”

John Coates is head of external affairs at LARAC

‘Confident’

John Coates, head of external affairs at LARAC, told letsrecycle.com: “Our members are confident they can accommodate revised arrangements for the bank holiday for the Queen’s funeral. Collection authorities that operate on a four-day week see no problem as Mondays are usually their non-working day.

“Others are pushing the missed collection day back to the following Saturday. The majority are closing their HWRC sites as a mark of respect. They all recognise the uniqueness of the day and want to reflect the feelings of their communities.”

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