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Binmens' safety paramount as snow disrupts collections

Councils unable to maintain regular bin collection services due to heavy snow across the UK have been criticised by the Taxpayers' Alliance. Speaking to the Daily Mailthe pressure groups spokesman Matthew Elliott said: It's not good enough that some councils are failing to collect rubbish until next week.

They should get their act together and work at the weekends because presumably they haven't been doing anything on Monday and Tuesday. There's a real public safety fear involved here and the country could turn from a winter wonderland to a landfill site if this is not sorted out.
But Local Government Association Councillor Paul Bettison said there was no risk to public health by rubbish being left out for a day or two extra in this weather.

Councils have been collecting residents bins as normal, wherever possible. In some areas, the snow and freezing temperatures earlier in the week meant that peoples safety could have been put at risk if dustcarts were driving around in dangerous, icy conditions, he said.

With more snow forecast, Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee chairwoman Joy Blizzard said councils were coping as best they can in the situation.

But ultimately its not safe for large collection vehicles to go sliding around in the snow. Should we be putting people on collection vehicles at risk in this weather?

Bettison said that the vast majority of collections were now returning to normal. He said: Councils have missed out on a day or two of bin collections and will be taking the usual measures to make up for the lost time over the next few days. In some areas, collections of regular household waste will be prioritised over the collection of recycling.

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