08 October 2015
Community News | Cowick
Earlier Bin Men
Residents in the “County” Roads – that is those which include Dorset Avenue, Somerset Avenue, Essex Close, Wiltshire Close, Hampshire Close, Sussex Close and Berkshire Close – were a bit put out last week when their bins were collected much earlier than usual.
They accordingly contacted local councillor Paul Bull to complain, and Cllr Bull has now told Community News: “I was told by a resident who had lived in the area for 22 years that the “Counties” normally have their rubbish collected between mid-day and 2pm, but last week the bin men came at 7am which had never happened previously.
“This caught some residents unawares, and several households didn’t have their rubbish collected”
Cllr Heather Morris also received comments, and it seems many thought this was a change to the normal collection time.
Cllr Morris said: “Most people contacted me asking why they weren’t informed in the change in collection time – they thought that, with such a radical change in collection times, they should have been notified.”
Cllr Bull contacted with the Waste Collection team and has been informed that the early collection time was caused by a vehicle breakdown at the Exton Road depot.
He said: “When the shift started at 6am, one of the vehicles had suffered a breakdown and it was decided to reallocate the work between crews so the the waste from the dozen or so streets that make up the “Counties” was collected on the scheduled day.
“As you can imagine there are many unforeseen circumstances that can arise when the team assemble at Exton Road at 6am each morning – staff illnesses, unexpected vehicle breakdowns, weather conditions etc.
“It is for this reason, the advice given by our waste collection team is that rubbish and recycling material should be presented in the correct receptacle at the correct collection point no later than 6am on the day of collection, but of course, no earlier than 6pm the night before.
“I am sorry the early collection last week has inconvenienced a small number of Cowick residents on this collection round.
“I have had the assurance that this is NOT going to be a regular change to the collection time.”