Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Snow Hits Waste Collections in West Lindsey

Snow and ice has caused the postponement of waste and recycling collections (including bulky waste collections) across West Lindsey today, including Nettleham.

Recycling and Refuse bins will not be emptied today and residents will have their waste collected on their next scheduled collection day, however, we will collect extra waste on this day. Anyone who needs refuse or recycling sacks to store their waste in should contact Customer Services on (01427) 676676.

The extreme weather has disrupted collections in many local authorities across the Country, and with more icy conditions forecast it raises the prospect of further disruption.

West Lindsey District Council explained that it had temporarily suspended all waste collections because the snow and ice has made it too dangerous for its lorries to operate. The Council said that with temperatures predicted to remain below freezing and more snow forecast over the next few days it would resume waste collections after the thaw.

Waste Services Manager Glyn Pilkington explained the decision to cancel collections for today:
"The levels of snow and ice on untreated road surfaces around the District made it unwise to operate heavy machinery in these areas, or for teams to be lifting and carrying heavy waste long distances over slippery surfaces."
While noting that the Council would resume collections 'as soon as possible', he told residents that the safety of members of the public and collection crews was his highest priority and no risks would be taken

The Council advised residents expecting a collection this week to check the web-site for up-to-date information, but pleaded for patience if collections are affected.

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