Monday, 6 February 2012
WASTE AND RECYCLING COLLECTIONS MAY BE SUSPENDED
Waste and recycling collections in Thanet may have to be suspended today (Monday 6 February) due to the condition of the side roads and pavements in the area.
The council’s team of refuse collectors are at the council’s depot, waiting to start collections, but it is too dangerous at present to take the freighters out. It is hoped that collections can start later this morning, if conditions improve, but unless the roads and pavements begin to clear, the council may have to suspend waste collections for the day.
Cllr. Alan Poole, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “We will be doing our best to get out this morning to try to make some collections, but the vast majority of the homes that we collect from are on the side roads, not the main roads. While the main roads are fine, hardly any of the side roads in Thanet are accessible. That makes it impossible for us to take our refuse freighters out, as we can’t risk an accident. Many of the pavements are still full of snow, making it dangerous for staff to deal with wheeled bins or carry black bags. We have all our teams in and will be assessing the road and pavement conditions during the next hour to see if we can make any waste collections today. The advice for those due to have a collection today remains the same as always. Please put everything out as planned and we will do our best to get to you.”
The council’s team of street cleaners are already hard at work, clearing the public areas around the Crematorium, ready for the funerals taking place there today. They are also assisting the police clear snow at the site of an accident in Manston Court Road and from around doctors’ surgeries.
Advice for those who are due collections today (Monday 6 February)
If you are on a wheeled bin collection and have your waste or recycling collected on a Monday, please keep your bin outside. The council will collect your bin as soon as they can.
For those on black sack or blue recycling bag collections on a Monday, please take these inside to stop animals or seagulls attacking them if they are not collected. Please do not leave them outside overnight. Please put your bags back out for collection from 6.00 am each day. Priority will be given to collecting black sacks.
With paper and cardboard collections, please take these inside and keep them until the next scheduled collection. If you are due to have your green garden waste bin collected today, please keep it outside and the council will collect it as soon as possible during the next few days. For anyone due to have a clinical waste collection today, please put your waste out for collection today and for the rest of this week, but do not leave it out overnight.
Latest updates on disruption to collections are available on the council’s website at www.thanet.gov.uk and by calling 01843 577115. Gritting of all public roads in Thanet is carried out by Kent County Council. For full details of the gritting service being provided in Thanet, please visit Kent County Council’s website at www.kent.gov.uk or call 08458 247 247.