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Publication date:- 2017-02-24

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Green waste collections resume

HOUSEHOLDERS whose gardens are littered with debris from Storm Doris are being reminded that green waste collections resume from Monday, 27 February 2017.

The service was suspended for the winter, in early December 2016, for the period when there is low demand.

Following the recent bad weather, the Council is starting with a full allocation of rounds for the 145,000 households who receive the service, rather than increasing them gradually as it has done in previous years.

Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said:- "We know that the City was battered during Storm Doris and many front and back gardens will be littered with branches, bushes and other green waste, so the reintroduction of the service could not be more timely. We placed stickers on all bins to notify people about the date for the reintroduction of the service and anyone who is unsure can check on our website."

The Council is on target to collect over 18,000 tonnes of green waste in 2016 to 2017; are up on the 16,378 tonnes collected the previous Tax year (2015 to 2016).

The following items can be put in the Green Bin:-

Grass cuttings, hedge clippings, dead plants and weeds.

► Cut flower and shrub prunings (woody waste)

► Bark, leaves and small twigs.

► Branches no larger than 7.5cm or 3 inches in diameter.

 Green Bins will not be emptied if they contain:-

► Stone, concrete, timber or builders' waste.

► Glass, plastic, metal, paper or cardboard.

► Plant pots, soil or turf.

► Household rubbish and food waste.

Bin collection dates can be found online.

Appeal for information following fire in Bootle

MERSEYSIDE Police are appealing for witnesses after a fire was started deliberately, in Bootle, on Tuesday, 21 February 2017.

We are told that the Emergency Services were called to an address, in Bibbys Lane, at around 8.35am, following reports of a house fire. Officers found a flat at the premises on fire. 2 people in the building were evacuated safely. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service attended and were able to control the fire.

It is unclear what motive is behind the incident and an investigation has been started.

Detective Inspector James Belmar said:- "The investigation is at a very early stage, but the indications are that this was started deliberately. This was a very dangerous incident and could have led to someone being seriously injured. We will be increasing patrols in the area and I want to reassure the community that we are focussed on finding those responsible. I appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area of Bibbys Lane or who has information to come forward and tell us so we can take action and prevent this happening again."

Anyone with information can contact Merseyside Police of:- 0151 777 3810, via 101, or through Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.

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