People living in Exeter are being advised what to do if crews are unable to collect their refuse and recycling collections because of snow or ice over the coming days.
If a collection cannot be made due to dangerous conditions on the roads, people are advised to take back their bins or bags and put them out again on the next scheduled collection date.
“Although we can never be certain of the weather forecast, especially with predictions of snow, we have been given every indication that there is likely to be some snow over the coming days,” said Cllr Rob Hannaford, Exeter City Lead Councillor for Environment and Leisure.
“Our crews will do everything possible to collect refuse and recycling during adverse weather but if certain roads are icy or snowbound, we will not put the public or our staff at risk. We are talking about very heavy vehicles here and if certain roads have not been gritted, then the collection will have to wait until driving conditions are safe,” he said.
In the past, the city council has tried to pick up refuse/recycling the day after any disruption from snow. However, although this is publicised at short notice on the website and in the media, some households have been unaware of the change and this has lead to confusion and extra workload.
“If we are unable to collect people’s bins, then we would ask them to be patient and hold on to that rubbish until their scheduled collection. We realise that this may be inconvenient to householders but it is the best practicable solution for the city,” said Rob.
During cold weather there will be a slow decomposition of waste and odours will be minimal. During any during any disruption due to snow, side waste can be presented for collection if the bin is full. Extra bags of recycled waste can be presented for collection (label them ‘recycling’ and the property number).
The city council is also advising people to compost as much organic waste such as vegetable peelings as you possible, recycle paper, card, plastics, cans and foil and take all glass to the neighbourhood recycling sites.
“We would ask people to please work with us, store their waste on their property until their collection day and double-bag any excess side waste to avoid spillage.
(from a press release)