BROWN bin collections across the borough are to return to their regular schedule, Bury Council has confirmed.

The service for collection of food and garden waste had been suspended for two weeks as the local authority prioritised collections of the three other bins ­— grey, green and blue.

One-off garden waste collections were, however, carried out last week and this week.

Now, the council says its staffing levels are holding up while other staff have been retrained to shore up the service.

As a result the council is reverting to regular scheduled collections of brown bins.

Councillor Alan Quinn, cabinet member for the environment, said: “Emptying the bins during the Covid-19 crisis is one of our highest priorities, and our staff have done a magnificent job so far.

“All our one-off collections of brown bins were completed last week, and we’re on schedule to do the same this week. This is despite bins being heavier than ever.

“While the staffing situation could change quickly, we have decided to continue brown bin collections for the foreseeable future, so everyone should put their food and garden waste in the brown bin.

"We will be striving to make collections as per the calendars, but if we have to make changes we can easily let people know if they are signed up for email alerts.

“Our other bin collections – grey, green and blue – are continuing as normal.”

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