Friday, 10 February 2012


Waste and recycling collections will continue today (Friday 10 February), with crews aiming to collect as much as they can from properties across Thanet.

Although waste collections were suspended on Monday 6 February due to the snow and ice conditions, more than 75% of waste and recycling has been collected cross Thanet since Tuesday. 

Any waste and recycling (blue and black bins) that has not been collected this week as a result of the weather will now be collected next week.

Cllr. Alan Poole, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: "We will continue to collect as much as we safely can today, but our crews will be using their knowledge and experience to judge which properties they can get too safely, as many side roads are too dangerous for our 26 tonne refuse freighters. Ice on the pavements has also created unsafe working conditions for the refuse loaders, especially when trying to manoeuvre wheeled bins.

"Although we have managed to clear the majority of the backlog, this has added to the existing backlog which means that it will take time to get back on track.

"We were hoping to catch up on all collections that were missed since Monday, but this is now not possible and collections missed this week will now be picked up next week.

"We apologies that many residents would not have their waste or recycling collected this week but next week, we will have more resources to help deal with the backlog."

Advice for those who did not get a collection this week:

Residents who did not receive a collection this week are asked to take your wheeled bins back into your property and put it out for collection on your normal waste collection day next week. 

Both blue and black bins will be collected at the same time next week to ensure the backlog is cleared, but will all go to landfill. If you are able to, we request you to please hold onto to the recycling until you next scheduled blue bin collection (during week commencing 20 Feb or 27 Feb).

Residents with black sack or blue recycling bag collections are asked not to leave the bags out overnight but to put bags out for collection next week on your normal waste collection day from 6am.  Priority will be given to collecting black sacks, as soon as services resume.

With paper and cardboard collections, please take these inside and keep them until the next scheduled collection.

If your green garden waste collection is due this week and your bin is not collected by this afternoon, please take it back onto your property and put it out for collection from 6am next Monday 13 February and our crews will try to collect it during the course of next week.

Clinical waste collection will resume next week.  Please take your clinical sack back indoors and put it out for collection on your normal collection day next week.

Latest updates on disruption to collections are available on the council's website at or call 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 Councils website at or call 08458 247 247. 

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