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SUSPENSION OF FOOD AND GARDEN WASTE COLLECTIONS FROM THURSDAY 14 JANUARY 2021

by Douglas McCall on 13 January, 2021

MK Council has issued the following statement regarding garden waste collections:

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on us all, and in MK the cases are seriously high. As a result of reduced staffing, we’re suspending food and garden waste collections throughout MK from Thursday 14 January until further notice.

Our waste collection partner Serco has seen an increase of COVID-19 positive tests and staff requiring to isolate or shield. The situation is one that changes rapidly. In recent days nearly 40% of the waste collections teams have been unavailable. So, to protect our core services we now need to prioritise collection of black and clear sacks. (NB This includes glass).

We appreciate this is an inconvenience to residents, and we are sorry for this. We will continue to do our best, with the support of our partners, to maintain services under difficult circumstances.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious situation. As well as ensuring that protective measures are followed, we have arranged access for front line crew members to have rapid COVID-19 tests (with results known within an hour) to identify people who have the virus with no symptoms. Around one in three people with COVID-19 have no symptoms. These people can then isolate and break the chain of transmission.

The Food and Garden Waste suspension will be reviewed weekly and we will look to give as much notice as possible when the service restarts.

In the meantime, please dispose of food waste into black bags and keep any green waste in your garden. MK’s tips remain open, although we do ask residents to consider whether any journey is essential, in light of the national lockdown. Black bag waste and clear recycling sacks will continue to be collected on your regular collection days. The waste collection pilot remains unaffected at this stage.

We’re doing everything that we can to continue to provide essential services in these extreme circumstances and we thank you for continuing to support our crews as front line key workers.

To check your collection day please go to: https://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/waste-recycling/collection-days

Please help us by sharing this important information with your friends, family and neighbours and those without access to the internet.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Green bins started up on 15th March and Serco achieve to perform another rubbish service and fail to collect the green bin. They can’t cope with one bin per household, how are they going to cope when they have 4 to collect?
    Am hearing council tax is to go up, but service is getting worse or non existent. Surely its time to sack Serco and take on another company.

    • Thank you for your comments. You have raised several points.
      Green bins – the service restarted after a gap, so there was a lot of garden waste to collect, so some properties have been collected a day late.
      SERCO – There current contract runs out in 2023, and no doubt the quality of their service, as well as other factors, will be taken into account when the new contract is awarded.
      Council Tax vs Service – It is a fact that residents are paying more for less. Ten years ago MK Council got 75% of its funding from Central Government, now it is less than 10%. The Conservative Government has a policy of shifting the tax burden from central government to the local tax payer.

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