Bin collections in Walsall and Wolverhampton continue for now
Collections of household waste and recycling in two Black Country areas will continue as normal during the coronavirus crisis – for now.
Both Walsall and Wolverhampton councils said they would continue to provide essential waste collections during this period.
But given the uncertain and fast-changing nature of the coronavirus, the services, along with others provided by the authority, remain under review.
In Walsall, garden waste collections – which were due to start on April 6 offering fortnightly collections for 34 weeks – have been postponed until further notice while the town’s two recycling centres have been closed.
A spokesman said: “Walsall Council is prioritising the provision of essential services to our residents by emptying grey (household waste) and green (recycling) bins and have put these measures in place in line with the government guidance.
“Information and any announcements will be communicated across the web pages, Newsroom and our social media channels.”
The garden waste collection service will be reviewed later in the year to determine if there is operational capacity to begin collections.
Wolverhampton has also closed the city’s tip sites while the bulky item collection service has been suspended as a result of the outbreak.
Councillor Steve Evans, cabinet member for city environment at Wolverhampton Council, said: “Our bin collection service is currently running as normal, the service is under constant review during the Covid-19 crisis and we’ll make changes where needed and when necessary.”
He added that anyone who paid for a bulky waste collection between March 16 and April 10 will be given a refund.
People can arrange this, by going to to wolverhampton.gov.uk/recycling-and-waste/book-bulky-item-collection and filling out a form.