BROWN bins will be collected weekly in St Helens following the suspension of recycling services.

St Helens Council will suspend recycling, food and garden waste collection services following the day's collections on Wednesday.

The council said it has taken this decisionto enable it to prioritise staff resources to support its household waste and clinical collections.

Weekly collections of brown bins will be introduced on Thursday March 26.

Do not put out your recycling, food waste or garden waste receptacles out for collection from this date as they won't be collected. 

"The suspension of the recycling, food and garden waste will allow the crews to concentrate on emptying brown bins," a council spokesman said.

"As an authority, we understand these changes are frustrating, however due to the unprecedented position we find ourselves in, it is one we feel we need to take."

All waste can now be stored in the brown bin and will be collected on your normal brown bin day.

If you are a Monday collection, you will be collected every Monday going forward.

The council said it will continue to monitor the situation and will keep residents informed of the current situation.

Cllr Andy Bowden, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “We must do our best to protect people at all costs.

“So for now, you should dispose of any recycling in your brown bin, which we’ll be collecting now every week on your normal collection day.”

A council spokesman said bin lids must be down and no additional side waste will be removed.

National government guidance for those who have symptoms of COVID-19 is to dispose of any used tissues or hygiene products, such as disposable cleaning cloths, in a secure bin bag.

These bags should be placed into another bin bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste.

This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your general household waste bin (brown bin) for collection as usual.

There is no need to arrange for a clinical waste collection for this type of waste.

*The original story said St Helens Council had taken the decision to suspend recycling and garden waste collection services due to regional recycling companies closing their treatment centres in response to new government measures. The council has issued a correction saying waste partners are still operating, confirming that the decision was made to prioritise resources to general brown bin waste and clinical waste collections.