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Council chiefs have thanked waste and recycling crews for continuing to keep services in Lichfield and Burntwood running during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lichfield District Council said 40% more waste had been collected in recent weeks due to more people being at home and local tips being shut.

But the local authority said it had still been able to maintain a full service of rubbish collections.

Councillor Liz Little, cabinet member for recycling, said:

“I’m really proud of our joint waste service and the hard work they’re doing maintaining this critical service to the public.

“Residents have been really appreciative leaving messages of support for the crews.

“I’m also very grateful that residents are playing their part, reducing the amount of tissues they are putting in the recycling following our recent campaign.”

Cllr Liz Little, Lichfield District Council

The council has seen a further two loads of recycling rejected due to contaminated waste.

“We do still need to take care on what goes into the blue bins, which should only be glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, trays and tubs, cans and foil, cartons, paper and card.

“Food and drink containers should be empty and rinsed out. 

“In the last few days, two loads of recycling have been rejected from the recycling plant we use due to contaminated waste being put in blue bins.

“I do appreciate the challenge for residents.

“We’re all spending a lot more time at home and taking the opportunity to have a clear out and making the most of the good weather by getting to grips with the garden.

“The tips being closed does create a problem and I’ll be encouraging the county council to keep the situation under review.

“In the meantime, I’m really please we’ve been able to maintain our bulky waste collection for residents to dispose of larger items.”  

Cllr Liz Little, Lichfield District Council

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9 replies on “Council chiefs thank crews for keeping waste and recycling services running across Lichfield and Burntwood during coronavirus crisis”

  1. I have a lot of respect for these workers. Thank goodness they continue to operate at a high level despite the lockdown. We would all be in a fine mess without them. I just want to say Thank You. You too are appreciated.

  2. Mr Souris I was replying to Bernard Baker asking if Brown Bins can be used for free, if so those that have paid need a refund if not then things continue as they are

  3. ML – 100% right. I want a refund too. It isn’t right that those of us who paid in good faith should feel the sharp end of the stick on this.
    I haven’t done any gardening this year so far and have absolutely no intention of doing any until this coronapandemic is over.
    So why should we law-abiding tax payers subsidise fly tippers?

  4. Home composting, doesn’t cost. I have been doing it for years. When ready and utilised on the garden its produce really good results. All my kitchen vegetable waste and cardboard from loo rolls and small boxes etc is used. I have a tiny garden but am still able to do it by using old compost bags and suchlike to recycle kitchen and garden waste. I also use them to grow potatoes. I dump little waste into the black bin these days.

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