Weather latest: Waste collections disrupted in South Northants

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DUE to the continuing severe weather conditions, wheeled bins and recycling boxes will not be collected in South Northants on Friday, December 24.

A spokesman for SNC said refuse crews have been unable to collect any household waste in the district this week.

Weather forecasts indicate that conditions should improve and the council hopes to resume a normal collections from Wednesday, December 29.

Black bins will be prioritised and collections will be carried out as follows:

Black bins and recycling not collected on Monday, December 2 will now be collected on Bank Holiday Monday, January 3, 2011. Those missed on Tuesday 21 will now be collection on Tuesday, January 4. Wednesday, December 22 collections will now take place on Wednesday, December 29. Thursday, December 23 collections will take place on Thursday, December 30. Bins due to be collected on Christmas Eve, Friday December 24 will now be collection on New Years Eve, Friday, December 31.

The recycling boxes placed out for collection should follow those indicated on calendar.

Refuse crews will also collect additional material which is left next to the wheeled bins in black sacks.

An SNC spokesman added: “If green bins are left out, this waste will be sent to landfill, rather than recycled.

“This is an unusual situation in view of the extreme weather conditions and will allow us to return services to normal as soon as possible. South Northants has an exceptional recycling rate, thanks to residents’ efforts, and this is an unfortunate and isolated situation.”

If anyone wants to ensure that green bin waste is recycled, do not put green bins out week commencing December 27.

Recycling boxes should be put out as per the collection calendar. Material in boxes will be sent for recycling in the usual way.

The spokesman apologised for the disruption to collections and said they hope to return the service back to normal as soon as possible.

He added: “Due to the forthcoming Bank holidays, there is limited scope to re-plan collections and we apologise for any inconvenience caused to residents. South Northants is a very rural district and although main roads are passable, the majority of village roads are not.

“The safety of the public and our crew members is our main consideration. Our refuse collection vehicles are up to 32 tonnes in weight and could cause significant damage if they were to slide on slippery roads. We also need to consider the state of the footpaths and ability of the crews to move wheeled bins safely.

“We want to assure residents that we are doing everything we can to return to a normal service as soon as possible and thank them for their patience.”

Any further changes to the collection schedule will be updated at - www.southnorthants.gov.uk

Grit bins

If you require your grit bin to be restocked, contact Northants County Council’s street doctor on 0845 601 1113 or via the website - www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk/Transport/PEM/