Collections for garden-waste across Cardiff are to be suspended for four months in order to help the Council deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and to ensure general waste, recycling and food waste collections can continue to take place.
The once-a-month, garden waste collections, which normally take place in November, December, January and February will be halted, although residents will be able to have Christmas trees collected between January 4th and January 11th.
October’s fortnightly garden waste collections will continue as normal. This should allow residents to remove any autumn leaf fall and clear any garden waste before winter.
Spring collections will begin in March when the council plans to re-introduce fortnightly, garden waste collections. Previously March collections were monthly.
Residents will still be able to bring green waste to the city’s recycling centres at Lamby Way and Bessemer Close.
Cllr Michael Michael, Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Environment and Recycling said: “We need to be confident we can continue to remove general waste, recycling and food waste from our streets and the recent rise in infection rates across the city is concerning. It’s already beginning to impact our workforce.
“Right now we need our resources targeted at waste streams nobody wants to see on the streets. Halting garden waste collections at a time of year when garden waste is naturally, considerably, lower, is our best chance of making sure we can keep our streets clean while we battle the pandemic. This move will give our frontline staff some resilience. I realise this may be challenging for some residents, but I hope they understand the reasons why we have to do this now.”
The council will provide a collection in January for real Christmas trees and any other garden waste.