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Only black bins will be collected until further notice due to health and safety, reveals council

Belfast City Council has announced it has stopped collecting recyclable waste until further notice.

The local authority has temporarily moved to a black bin only collection service with immediate effect.

The council said measures are being introduced to enable it to protect the health and safety of its workers by being compliant with the government directive on social distancing, and helping to reduce the risk to staff and the general public of the spread of coronavirus.

Blue and brown bins will no longer be collected until further notice.

The kerbside box trial serving around 5,000 households in north Belfast has also temporarily been suspended.

The council said it will keep the collection of recyclable waste under review.

Residents who are on a Bryson Recycling collection will have their boxes collected as usual, although Bryson may also experience operational difficulties in the coming days. Lord Mayor Daniel Baker said: "The health and safety of our staff is paramount and it is imperative that we do all we can to protect our workers, and the general public.

"If we are to be compliant with the social distancing guidance, it is impossible for that not to have an impact on our day to day operations.

"Introducing these temporary measures will allow our resources to be focused on the collection of black bin waste only, and will take some pressure off our service which is already feeling the strain of this unprecedented public health emergency."

Belfast Telegraph