Kerbside Glass and Bulky Waste collection services to be reinstated

Southampton City Council’s Cabinet Members have supported the decision to reinstate the kerbside Glass Collection schedule, which will recommence on Monday 4 May 2020.

Glass collection crateAlongside this, the city's Bulky Waste Collection service will also be reintroduced, with the online payment and booking system being re-enabled from 4 May 2020 with collections starting again on Monday 11 May 2020.

The services were suspended on Tuesday 31 March 2020 as one of the many lockdown measures that have been undertaken by Local Authorities to safeguard staff and residents, and to help prioritise the delivery of services against any issues of staff sickness and self-isolation.

Residents who have stored a large amount of glass items are asked not to overload bins or crates and to stagger the collection of their backlog over a few collection dates. It is not safe for operatives to collect glass items that are not stored in a bin or crate.

It is possible to dispose of glass jars and bottles at one of the city’s many glass recycling banks, but only as part of an essential journey.

Cabinet Member for Place and Transport, Councillor Jacqui Rayment, said: “We made the difficult decision to suspend these services in order to help limit the transmission of the virus and to ensure we had sufficient staffing cover to continue to deliver essential services.

“We’re now in the position to safely reintroduce the last of the city’s services that were put on hold, and will continue to closely monitor the situation.

 “We’re asking residents to continue to wash their hands prior to putting bins or crates out and after bringing them back in. Disinfecting crates and the handles of bins will also help to stop the spread of the virus.

 “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank residents for their help and support and for their patience during these difficult times.”