COVID-19 Update – Impact on Waste Services

Dear Residents,

Firstly, as we have previously advised, please continue to follow Pubic Health England’s advice on how to avoid catching or passing on the COVID-19 virus at

Waste Collection Services

The coronavirus is now beginning to impact on the availability of Council staff to operate the waste collection service and it is anticipated that the situation will worsen in the coming days and weeks.

Decisions taken to date

  • To suspend all brown bin collections for 2 weeks, with effect from Monday 23 March. So we have now gone MONTHLY on Brown bins
  • To honour any bulky waste collections already booked but to cancel the service from hereon and not take any new bookings.

Moving forward, as staff numbers inevitably deplete further, the following will happen.

  • The suspension of brown bin collections may be extended and may become indefinite.
  • The suspension of green and blue bin recycling collections is very likely but NOT yet.

At the point at which sufficient resources are not available to collect any other recycling bins, all efforts will be focused on emptying the grey bins only

We have also been informed by Council officers that in the month to come grey bins may have to be left out at residents’ properties with the service endeavoring to reach them as and when it is able, utilising whatever vehicles and staff it has available.  Householders will be asked to double bag waste and put at the side of their bin.  With more residents being at home the Council says they expect waste production in the home to be higher.

As well as bin wagons, tipper vehicles from Highways and Street Cleansing will be brought into service for the collection of loose black bag waste.  Staff from other operational services could be diverted to assist with waste collections.

With effect from 24 March,  all Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) across GM (including those at Every Street, Bury and Cemetery Road, Radcliffe) will be closed until further notice, in order to maintain social distancing. This will place an additional strain on the waste collection service.

Every Street Transfer Loading Station, adjacent to the above HWRC, to which the Council delivers all its collected waste, remains open at this time.  It also remains open to traders to use.  HWRCs are not for the use of traders.

In anticipation of further disruption to collections, the Council is encouraging residents to conserve space in their bins by squeezing air out of plastic bags in the grey bin and by crushing plastic bottles and cans in the blue bin and flattening cardboard in the green bin.

In order to help protect collection crews households with possible coronavirus infection please put personal waste, such as used tissues, and disposable cleaning in disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. Put these bags aside for at least 72 hours before putting them put in your usual external household waste bin.

For further information on waste collection services, you can either register for regular e-mail updates and alerts at:

Or you can get them on Twitter at @RecycleforBury


Volunteering to help vulnerable people get through the virus

Formal volunteering opportunities in the Borough are channeled through the Bury Voluntary Community and Faith Alliance (VCFA). If you are fit, healthy and have no underlying health conditions and would like to volunteer in the Borough to help vulnerable people get through this extremely difficult time, the first point of contact is  Alternatively, you can call 0161 253 5353.

Best Wishes and please stay safe!

Iain Gartside, Yvonne Wright and Greg Keeley

Councillors for Tottington, Walshaw and Affetside.


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