Wealden bin collection teams are up to four days behind schedule two weeks after the strike

Despite the return of striking staff on June 16, Wealden District Council (WDC) said some collection teams were currently working between one and four days behind schedule as they cleared the backlog of rubbish built up during the strike .

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A WDC spokesperson said: ‘If you need to collect rubbish, recycling or yard waste, please place your bin for collection as normal.

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“Rest assured that if your path is not collected on the scheduled day, they will return in the next working days to catch up. For this reason, if your path is not emptied, please leave the bin ready for collection.”

The council also said there was no need to notify them if a road was not emptied on the scheduled collection day.

The spokesperson added: “Our contractor, Biffa, is carefully monitoring the progress of the collection teams to ensure that all routes will be collected within a few days of their scheduled day.

“Please contact us only to report that your bin has been forgotten if the bins have been emptied on your route, but not your individual bin.”

The council urges residents to ensure their bins are placed for collection by 6.30am on the day of their scheduled collection.

WDC said: ‘Where bins are not placed in time for them to be emptied, we regret that we cannot arrange a return collection.

“Over the next few weeks, teams will catch up on the garbage collection backlog and return to the normal collection schedule.”

The council has also informed residents that the amount of rubbish that can be disposed of by crews is limited – so they may not be able to dispose of some of the extra rubbish if bags are placed next to the bin.

The spokesperson added: “Biffa is working to ensure that as many households as possible receive at least one collection of bin contents, however, as remedial work progresses reasonable amounts of excess waste will be collected. .

“For additional recycling that cannot fit in the recycling bin, please place it in non-black bags next to the bin.

“We cannot collect recycling when placed in black bags because it is not recyclable and is treated as contamination and may result in the entire truck load being rejected at the recycling centre.”

WDC has frozen the price of its garden waste collection service until 2024.

The council said: “Wealden councilors have made this decision in recognition of the recent disruption to collection service during the bin strike and to help residents manage at a time of rising cost of living pressures.

“This means the Wealden garden waste collection service will remain at £55 per bin per year.”

GMB regional organizer Gary Palmer added: “They are working very hard. The strike has been going on for six weeks, it’s a lot of rubbish to pick up. The lorries are filling up faster.

“I have no doubt that things will get bogged down.

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