Garden waste collections to resume later this summer

We are planning to restart our garden waste collections by Monday 24 August – sooner if possible.

The service would normally have started up in April but had to be paused due to COVID-19 restrictions and the need to prioritise the city’s essential bin collections with reduced staff numbers.

With revised guidance expected to be announced by the Government in the coming weeks, we are preparing to restart collections by Monday 24 August at the latest.

Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene, said: “We know Plymouth is a city of keen gardeners and that people want to get rid of their waste but ensuring that residents and crews are safe has to be our number one priority.

“Garden waste collection isn’t a statutory service but we want to reintroduce it as soon as we can do so safely. We are expecting updated health and safety guidance to be issued over the coming weeks and hope to be able to restart rounds by 24 August at the latest.”

Residents who haven’t already registered for the service are being strongly encouraged to, to help us manage demand and plan rounds. Online registration will open again on 1 July.

Councillor Dann added: “By registering, residents will help us understand where there is the most demand and plan our rounds in the most efficient way. As well as helping to keep crews safe, that also helps us reduce our fuel emissions – saving time and money and reducing our carbon footprint.”

Further details will be announced as soon as they are confirmed. In the meantime people are encouraged to compost at home or take their garden waste (not soil or rubble) to Chelson Meadow recycling centre.