Thurrock Council is making changes to some services as it continues to follow national guidance on managing coronavirus.
Following resident feedback, some changes will be made to the way waste is collected to help ensure a regular collection can be maintained. The week commencing Monday 30 March will see the last brown bin collections until further notice.
During the week commencing Monday 30 March:
- brown bins for kitchen and garden waste should be put out one day earlier than usual except for Monday collections, which should be put out on Monday as usual
- green/grey bins for general waste should be put out for collection on their usual day
- blue bins for recycling will not be collected, just for this one week – residents are advised to fold and flatten items as much as possible
From Monday 6 April onwards:
- brown bins will no longer be collected and should be put away until notice is given that food and garden waste collections will resume
- green/grey bins will be collected on their usual day and can include your food plus small amounts of grass cuttings
- blue bins bins will be collected as usual
- home composting is the best option for garden waste during this suspension period
The council is also asking residents to bag all used tissues before disposing of them and maintain a distance of two metres from our bin staff as they go about their work.
The Linford Household Waste and Recycling Centre is closed until further notice as social distancing cannot be safely maintained at the site.
Additionally, the choice-based lettings process for allocating housing to those on the housing register is suspended for at least 3 weeks. This is to avoid disrupting households, especially those self-isolating, and to support the government's stay at home and social distancing advice.
During this 3-week period:
- the council will prioritise support for the most vulnerable residents
- new lettings will be made through direct offers, only for homeless households on a risk-assessed case-by-case basis, and only for applicants whose safety is most at risk by remaining in their current location – for example, those experiencing domestic or sexual abuse
- any tenants that had been due to move out of their properties between 23 March and 19 April will be contacted and advised they can extend their notice period and move at a later date or withdraw their 'notice to quit' completely if they choose
- the suspension will be reviewed towards the end of the 3 week period, and a decision made whether to continue or remove the suspension in line with latest government guidance
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "This is a fast moving situation and we are making decisions daily to ensure that we can maintain critical services for our most vulnerable residents.
"The message from the government is clear and simple: stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. I implore everyone to follow that advice so we do all we can to slow the spread of coronavirus."