31
January
2013
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00:00
Europe/London

Update on refuse collections


The recovery plan to get bin collections back on track is well underway.



Due to the snow affecting usual collections of around half a million bins each week; there was a total of over 900 operational hours to recover due to the adverse weather.



We have already completed 700 extra hours this week for both recycling and household waste collections



Most of the outstanding work is expected to be completed today and tomorrow, however if necessary we will deploy some crews on Sunday.



From Thursday all spare resources have focused on collecting black bin waste.



Residents who normally have their black bin emptied on a Saturday are being asked to put their bin out as usual this Saturday 2 February.



If bins haven’t been emptied by 5pm on Saturday residents should leave them out and refuse collectors will endeavour to collect them on Sunday 3 February.



It is expected that collections will return to normal from Monday 4 February.



Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“I would like to commend all our refuse collectors for their hard work and continuing dedication to get bin collections back on track this week.



“I’d also like to reassure everyone that all available resources are being targeted at getting things back to normal.



“We’re grateful to residents for bearing with us while we catch up. Please be assured the progress of the service will be monitored closely over the next two days.”



Household waste sorting sites are open to take any extra waste.



Information about waste services can be found on the council's website.



ENDS

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