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Update from B&NES on recycling collections - as at 18.15 on 15th January

posted 16 Jan 2016, 00:20 by Parish Council Communications
The Council is doing its utmost to resolve the current difficult recycling situation, which is not of our making. At the moment we are focused on collecting the outstanding recycling and have 7 crews out on the road. We will have additional trucks on the streets and collections taking place over the weekend and have had a great response from the public who would like to help.

The Council will endeavour to ensure that the majority of residents will have their recycling collected within a week and everybody within two weeks However, it is hard to predict the exact impact on collections that sustained strikes will have. Although the Council knew there were discussions between Kier and the staff,  the Council had less than 24 hours’ notice of the first actual strike action being confirmed. We will continue to look at any actions we can take to minimise disruption within the boundaries of the law.

Key messages from the Council to assist in collecting the recycling:
  • We ask residents to keep putting their recycling out on their scheduled collection day and leave it out if it is not picked up. If you do not want to leave it out overnight, please take it back in after 4.30pm and put it out before 7am the following morning. We will collect your recycling and food waste as soon as we can.
  • If you see your recyclables being collected in what looks like a bin lorry instead of the usual recycling lorry then please be assured this waste is still being recycled, it is just being collected by a different vehicle. The Council’s priority is to ensure that as much waste as possible is recycled – it is really important that materials which can be recycled do not go to landfill
  • If you’re planning to take your recycling, including food waste, to one of our three recycling centres in Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton this weekend (open Saturday 9am-3.45pm and Sunday 9am-1pm), please consider helping a friend or neighbour who cannot visit the sites by taking their recycling too.

Thank you for your patience and co-operation as we strive to clear the backlog.