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Snow disrupts bin collections

Bad weather continues to disrupt recycling and waste collections in many regions this week, although services are getting back to normal in some areas.

Telford and Wrekin council in Shropshire has suspended collection of recycling bins until further notice to concentrate on collection of rubbish during the bad weather.

It has asked residents not to leave out recycling bins until collections restart and said that other collections may be impacted.

A council statement said: “While our refuse/recycling collectors will make every effort to get to homes on their normal day of collection, it may not be possible, for safety reasons, for our vehicles to reach some homes, particularly if roads are very icy.”

Crawley Borough Council in West Sussex has asked some residents, who have been waiting since Friday, not to put their rubbish out today as it is unlikely to be collected, and wait until next week.

A statement said that three quarters of streets had had collections on Friday but added: “We had hoped to return for the rest on Monday, but icy conditions mean this will not be possible”.

Cheshire West and Chester council said today that recycling and waste collections were still being affected by weather conditions, with minor roads, housing estates and rural areas especially poor making it difficult for vehicles and crews to operate safely.

The council advised residents to leave out bins and bags outside and said it would collect at the earliest opportunity.

Collections by Calderdale Council are also cancelled today.

Somerset Waste Partnership said that it hoped to pick up rubbish and recycling today after missing some collections on Friday.

The partnership said that safety of the public, collection crews and recycling site staff was the key issue that would determine whether services need to be suspended.

Recycling centres in Gloucestershire are now operating as normal after closing during the poor weather.

LARAC chair Joy Blizzard said that many local authorities would be putting existing severe condition plans into action.

“Councils will have bad weather plans and will communicate these in advance and have things like advice lines,” she said. “Snow always makes it difficult and the crews do a fantastic job but a 26 tonne lorry sliding around the streets isn’t good for anyone so safety has to be taken into account. Most people are very understanding and collections are taking place in a lot of places but it will vary a lot.”

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