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Food and garden waste service restarts from Wednesday 18 August

MK Council will be restarting its weekly food and garden waste collections on Wednesday 18 August.

Collections were suspended last month due to reduced staff numbers caused by COVID-19 and self-isolation.

Since the pause, our partner Serco has implemented new protocols for testing and a quicker return to work. With these measures in place and looking at our capacity forecasts for the rest of the month, we’re able to restart the service from Wednesday 18 August.

To find out when your food and garden waste will be collected, please look up your address on the council’s website at

Managing the backlog may mean lots of waste and potentially some delays. We ask that you try to limit the amount that goes out. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept bagged green waste in addition to the bins. We know that people may have accumulated green waste during this brief pause, so would ask that you keep composting where you can.

Cabinet Member for the Public Realm, Councillor Lauren Townsend said: “I’d like to thank everyone for their patience while we’ve had to pause weekly green bin collections, and our bin crews who have worked tirelessly in these exceptional circumstances to keep waste and recycling collections going as usual.”

When food and garden waste collections were suspended, the council wrote to everyone who subscribes to its council news email service and took out a radio advertising campaign to reach as many people as possible. Residents are asked to help by sharing the information as widely as possible with friends and neighbours.”

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