Paper recycling collections on Saturday and public #StreetSmiles thanks

Published Friday, 24 April 2020

Waste collection crews, who are essential workers, are continuing to be publicly recognised and thanked for their continued support at this difficult time.

Following the re-introduction of the black box paper recycling collection service, residents are being advised that if their paper recycling was not collected earlier in the week as per their usual schedule, these households should leave their paper out for collection on Saturday 25 April. These extra collections will help residents, who have been storing their recycling, though it may not be able to visit everyone.

Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services said, “We have re-introduced the paper collection service, which is excellent news.  If you were scheduled a collection which did not take place, please leave your paper out for collection on Saturday as we are committed to recycling as much paper as possible, which also helps residents.  If your scheduled paper collection is next week, we expect to be able to collect your paper on your usual day, or if not catch up later in the week. The website is being regularly updated and please keep an eye on this in the weeks ahead. We hope to be able to reintroduce more services in the coming weeks. As inevitably the impact of COVID-19 will surely lessen over time, I thank everyone for continuing to bear with us as all the council’s Environmental Services work through the impacts in these unprecedented times.”

Councillor Huntington-Thresher continued, “We are pleased to back the #StreetSmiles initiative and I want to publicly thank Veolia's recycling and waste collection teams who are working throughout these uncertain times to deliver the essential services we all rely on.  Our waste crews are out in all weathers, in the freezing cold in the winter, in the pouring rain and in the boiling heat of summer, collecting our recycling and waste. So often their work is overlooked and it is only in times like now that we realise how much they matter and we need to say thank you.”

The #StreetSmiles campaign asks people to place a smiling sun picture in their window or somewhere near to their bins where their collectors can see it. They can also tweet a picture and message to @VeoliaUK or @LBofBromley with #StreetSmiles. The goodwill messages are then being fed back to the teams on the ground.

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