Garden waste equal to 53 double decker buses collected in one day

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Garden waste weighing the same as 53 double decker buses was collected in a single day in one Merseyside borough during lockdown.

The green waste was collected from Sefton residents on Easter Monday where binmen collected 687 tonnes of garden rubbish.

Sefton Council said the staggering amount collected in just one day was one of the highest it has ever seen since it started collecting green waste more than 15 years ago in 2005.

Members of the local authority believe this is due to people spending more time in their gardens to occupy themselves during lockdown and staying home to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

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Councillor John Fairclough, Sefton Council's cabinet member for locality services said: "This is one of, if not the highest daily totals we have had in the 15 years Sefton have provided the service.

"We recognise that those of us lucky enough to have a garden are spending more time in them and will likely have more green waste as a result.

"Our thanks must go to the fantastic and incredibly hard working refuse and recycling collection crews who are working so hard to make sure your refuse is collected efficiently.

"In the last few weeks our cleansing and refuse crews have had to adapt to a difficult situation and have done so with incredible professionalism and determination."

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The local authority claims that unlike other councils, Sefton 'resisted' suspending the collection of green waste during the pandemic because it predicted there would be an increased demand since the lockdown was announced on March 23.

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Sefton Council said the local authority is maintaining the highest standards of safety for collection crews and will continue to do so to ensure workers are protected.

Sefton's garden waste is delivered to the council's partner composing company SED Services where it is then processed into composting material.

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