Some refuse collections will now have to wait until after Christmas because crews in Exeter were unable to get to parts of the city because of the snowy weather, Exeter City Council has announced.
Snow made driving conditions trecherous on some roads including Colleton Hill, Haldon View Terrace, Hoker Road, Harts Lane, Chestnut Avenue and Hazel Road.
Cllr Rob Hannaford, lead councillor for Environment and Leisure, said: “There are a lot of side roads that we have been unable to get into but the crews did go out for a second time to see if the situation had improved.”
“We are doing everything possible to pick up as much of the scheduled collections as we can and we can only apologise to those residents who did have not have their bins emptied. At the end of the day, it boils down to safety – if people are having difficulty getting out of their own drive, imagine how difficult it is manoeuvering a 26-tonne truck around slippery streets!
“When we had heavy snow in January this year we tried to please everyone by adding extra collections, but it meant that residents ended up not knowing when to put their rubbish out.
“We have learned from that lesson and have decided that this year it is best to stick to the schedules. For that reason, if a grey waste collection was missed we are asking residents to recycle as much as possible, double wrap any meat waste, compost vegetable peelings, and double-bag any excess waste, storing it sensibly until the next scheduled collection.
“It should then be put out for collection when their next grey waste is scheduled. Similarly if a green collection was missed it should not be put out again until the next scheduled green collection, and any extra recycling can be put in bags labelled recyling alongside the bin.”
For more information on Christmas refuse and recycling collection schedules, pop along to www.exeter.gov.uk
(from a press release)