Households across Leeds are being given fresh advice about what they should do with their bins for collection while the strike action continues to disrupt the service. Council chiefs are carefully planning refuse collections and street cleaning services to try to maintain and improve on the current level.
By the end of this week (Friday 18 September) 26 refuse crews were working, which is well over half of the normal service. Plans are being made to continually improve this during next week. Letters have been posted to households across the city and the first will arrive tomorrow (Saturday 19 September). They tell householders that priority will now be given to areas of the city which have not had a refuse collection since the strike began on Monday 7 September. Due to the unions’ refusal to agree to the council exemptions request, critical services such as medical and clinical waste collections and refuse collections in high rise properties have also been prioritised. The advice given to residents is:
· Please put your bin(s) out on your normal collection day. · If your bin(s) have not been emptied by 8pm (previously 6pm) on the day they should have been, put them back in your garden, yard or place where you keep them until your next scheduled collection day. · If your bin(s) are full, put any extra rubbish into bags, store them safely and put them out with your bin(s) on your next scheduled collection day. · You can also take any excess recycling or waste to your nearest household waste sorting site where extra large containers are being provided. Regrettably, some of the city’s 11 household waste sites are being disrupted by the ongoing action by the GMB and Unison trade unions. Information about which ones are open is being posted on the council’s website www.leeds.gov.uk
There are also 480 bring sites across the city providing collection of a range of materials where residents are able to recycle range of material locally including glass, paper, cans, textiles (clothing), plastic bottled and plastic bags. Councillor James Monaghan, executive board member for environmental service, said:
“This fresh advice to residents is vital if we’re to try and minimise the effects of this completely unnecessary strike action.
“Even though we’re now managing to operate well over half of the normal service; there is an inevitable backlog which we’re working hard to reduce. We hope to see an improving situation over the coming days by arranging as many collection services as we can.
“I’m sorry that there is disruption to these important services and I thank the people of Leeds for their patience, co-operation and understanding at this difficult time.”