SNOW and ice is causing some disruption to some waste and recycling collections across West Lindsey today (February 6), but the council is pledging to carry on emptying bins as long as it is absolutely safe to do so.
The extreme weather has disrupted collections in many local authorities across the country, and with more icy conditions forecast it raises the prospect of some disruption to services.
The council said that with today’s temperatures predicted to remain above freezing and no snow forecast over the next few hours waste collection operatives have been advised to proceed - but with extra caution.
Waste services manager Glyn Pilkington said: “We assessed conditions this morning and ascertained that the levels of snow and ice on main road surfaces around the district did not present a safety risk.”
However, on some untreated side roads, crews have been instructed to take no chances: “Where it is deemed unsafe to operate heavy machinery, or for teams to be lifting and carrying heavy waste long distances over slippery surfaces, crews have been told to return later to collect bins,” he added.
While noting that the council would make collections today “where ever possible”, he told residents that the safety of members of the public and collection crews was his highest priority and no risks would be taken
The council advised residents expecting a scheduled collection today or tomorrow to put out their waste and recycling as normal, but pleaded for patience if collections are a little later than normal.
It asked that, residents leave any uncollected bins out to enable crews to clear them as soon as it is possible “once it is safe to do so”.