Friday, 25 January 2013

Bin collections affected by snow

Refuse collectors have been braving the cold to collect bins but with more snow forecast the council is warning that there may be further disruption to waste services.

Heavy snow put the brakes on many black and green bin collections on Monday and Tuesday this week.

Residents have been advised to take uncollected black bins back in until their next scheduled collection day, and to leave green bins out. The once-a-month green bin collections are being prioritised so people can continue to recycle as much as possible.

Everything from newspapers, magazines, egg boxes, cardboard loo and kitchen rolls, food and drink cans, aluminium cans like deodorant or hair spray, foil take away trays and plastic bottles and containers can be put in green bins.

A break in the weather mid-week has allowed many bins to be collected as normal. However, with uncertainty over the potential for more snow on Friday, people are still being advised to take back in black bins if they’re not emptied, but to leave green bins out.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“It’s always a challenge to keep bin collections on schedule when hampered by snow. The teams have been doing a great job in freezing weather, keeping collections on track where the conditions allow them to.

“Inevitably, we haven’t been able to pick up all bins and we appreciate people bearing with us while we catch up.

“The teams will continue to make every effort to complete routes and pick-ups but this is very much dependent on the weather.”

Throughout the cold snap, household waste sorting sites have remained open allowing people to recycle a variety of items and any extra waste as usual.

If black bins haven’t been collected due to the weather, a reasonable number of bags will be picked up if put out with bins on their normal collection day.

Household waste sorting sites will remain open where possible to take any extra waste.


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Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 5177
e-mail: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk