Green bins in Manchester will no longer be collected after Friday (10 April), Manchester City Council has confirmed.
A final round of households is currently being completed, and there is no confirmation yet on when green bin collections will resume.
Manchester City Council say they have been forced to make the decision due to a reduction in staff capacity caused by COVID-19.
Pausing green bin disposal will ensure that the collection of other waste and recycling bins can continue as normal.
Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, explained the decision via Manchester City Council's website.
“Due to reduced staffing levels caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have regrettably had no choice but to temporarily pause collections of green garden and food waste bins.
"However, other waste and recycling bins will continue to be collected as normal, so we’re urging residents to recycle as much as they can, while placing any garden or food waste in their grey bins until normal service can be resumed.
“I’d like to once again pay tribute to our fantastic bin crews, who work so hard to provide this essential service for our city - and to reiterate my sincere thanks to residents for their understanding, at what is such a challenging time for us all.”
The council is encouraging residents to "take full advantage of their waste capacity" by recycling wherever possible.
After Friday 10 April, food waste should be disposed of in non-recyclable (grey) waste bins. Garden waste should be placed in green bins until the rounds begin again.
In most cases, it is not possible for the council to dispose of large, bulky items such as furniture - so these should not be left out for collection in the current climate.
For more information, head over to Manchester City Council's website.