Unfortunately we sometimes have to suspend our waste collection services (i.e recycling, refuse and garden waste) due to snow and ice.
Because of the size, weight and nature of the waste collection vehicle, these vehicles can be very dangerous to maneuver in these conditions, especially in narrow roads, or streets packed with parked cars. Refuse collection vehicles have rear-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox, plus vehicle steering becomes lighter as the vehicle's load increases. As a result, these vehicles do not handle well in icy conditions and a sliding 26 tonne lorry can be a very serious problem.
Even if the collection vehicles can get down a road, collecting the waste on foot when pavements and footpaths are icy and slippery can also be tricky. On a normal collection day, each recycling and waste operative collects from around 300 properties, that’s about 1,200 per team. Where collectors have to go on to private properties the conditions can be much more challenging, carrying waste up or down icy slopes or steps.
The Council and Biffa have a duty of care for the collectors. The waste management and recycling industry has nine times more fatal accidents and four times as many injuries than the national average.
|Recycling and waste services in severe weather|
Can I get a refund on my Council Tax if you cancel services? (FAQ)
|Don't you think changing collection days is a waste of time? (FAQ)|
|How do you decide if recycling, waste and garden waste collections will go ahead? (FAQ)|
|How do you let residents know what is happening with services? (FAQ)|
|The postman still came and I had other deliveries, why couldn't you come? (FAQ)|
|What about other services affected by bad weather? (FAQ)|
|What areas do you collect from each day? (FAQ)|
|Why can't your collection staff clear snow, when they can't collect recycling and waste? (FAQ)|
|Why does household waste sometimes get collected, but not recycling and vice versa? (FAQ)|
|Why does it take so long to collect all the outstanding recycling and waste? (FAQ)|
|Why does the snow affect the recycling and waste services so badly? (FAQ)|
|Why don't recycling and household waste crews wear snow and ice grips on their shoes? (FAQ)|
|Why don't we use our small vehicles? (FAQ)|
|Why don't your refuse and recycling staff clear snow, when they can't collect? (FAQ)|
|Why donít you ask people to pile up their rubbish in one place on the main road and collect it from there? (FAQ)|
|Why was my neighbours rubbish/recycling/garden waste collected and not mine? (FAQ)|