Residents praised for patience as tips remain closed
22 Apr 2020 ARCHIVED (over 3 months old) - view latest news
While tips remain closed across the county residents are being praised for their patience - and asked to hold onto their bulky waste.
While the council understands many people are generating more rubbish due to being confined to home, it’s vital that the community spirit which has seen the county come together continues for now.
In light of Government advice to stay at home and avoid all but essential travel, as well as the difficulties of ensuring social distancing measures for visitors and staff, our provider Suez decided all Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) would close until further notice from 24 March.
The closures, and suspension of the bulky waste removal service are being kept under constant review, with the council looking at all options for helping residents.
And at this time, people are being asked to avoid activities that would generate additional waste such as DIY projects and spring cleaning, to reduce pressure on waste services, and to try and recycle what they can and crush cartons and boxes down to make room for more, while storing larger items until collections can begin again or until the tips reopen.
Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Local Services, said: “We do understand how frustrating this is for residents, and I want to thank everyone for their understanding at this difficult time.
“Our core household waste collection services are still operating as normal to take away general rubbish, recycling and garden waste and we’ve been overwhelmed with all the support people have given our refuse teams.
“We just ask people to continue to bear with us - recycling as much as they can, to avoid generating additional waste through DIY and other tidy up activities, and to store any unwanted bulky items safely until we can resume our full range of waste services again.”