Refuse and recycling update – Jan 23

By on 23/01/2013 in News

All four depots have again sent out crews today, but road conditions – particularly on side roads – continue to be challenging.

As much of today’s service will be completed as possible, and street cleaning staff are being diverted from their regular duties to support refuse collectors as they pick up waste put out over the last few days.

We will catch up with uncollected refuse as soon as possible and would ask citizens to place their refuse and recycling for collection at the edge of their property and not on the highway/pavement.

The severe weather has left many of the minor or side roads full of snow and compacted ice, significantly inhibiting collection services. The council can only operate HGV vehicles where it is safe to do so.

The people best qualified to assess where a road is safe are the HGV drivers. The following matters have to be taken into consideration;

  • Is it possible to drive safely up or down the road?
  • The number and proximity of parked vehicles.
  • Is it safe to stop and start frequently, particularly on hills?
  • The impact upon other road users. (Can they stop safely when faced with a slow moving vehicle that stops regularly?)
  • The safety of the loaders. This includes working behind the vehicle in the face of other vehicle movements, and also carrying heavy sacks on slippery pavements.
  • The service will continue to catch up as and when conditions allow.

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