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Return of Highland brown bin garden waste service during coronavirus lockdown proves popular, council says


By Gregor White

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Highland Council has resumed collections of brown bins for permit holders.
Highland Council has resumed collections of brown bins for permit holders.

'Extremely high' amount of garden waste left out for collection after Highland Council brown bin service returns.

Brown bin garden waste collections resumed across the Highland Council area last week for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown began.

Carron McDiarmid, executive chief officer for communities and place said: "Feedback from our crews from the first week of collections is that the quality of the material collected from the brown bins was excellent, with very little contamination, which is really positive and I would like to thank the public for making a concerted effort to ensure that only the correct material was put into their bins.

"In addition, the amount of garden waste collected in the first week was extremely high, with the crews reporting that the majority of permit holders on the routes presented their bins for collection."

Garden waste permit holders can check their collection day online here

To take account of the break in service current permits have been extended for a period of nine weeks and are now valid until the end of August.

Refuse collectors are adopting safe distancing procedures due to the continuing threat of Covid-19 which means collections take longer to complete than usual.

Collections may also be suspended at short notice and customers are advised to regularly check the council’s website for updates.

To help reduce the spread of coronavirus the public are being asked to regularly clean their bin handles and lids as well as washing their hands before and after touching their bins.

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