December 23, 2010
collectors 'struggling' in Burnham-On-Sea after snow
and rubbish collections face continued disruption today in
Burnham-On-Sea as Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) crews
struggle to get through the snow and ice to carry out collections
and catch up with past missed services.
Collections are currently restricted to roads free of ice and
snow. While some key routes in the Burnham area are clear and
have been gritted, snow and ice is still affecting many side roads.
To free all staff and vehicles for recycling and rubbish services,
SWP has suspended its garden waste collection service and apologised
to customers for the inconvenience.
Despite several days of severe weather conditions, some recycling
and rubbish collections are taking place in the Burnham area today
advice to residents remains to place recycling and refuse out
when safe to do so. SWP guidelines say that it will aim to return
to pick up fortnightly-collected materials within five working
days and weekly-collected materials within two working days,"
spokesman Nick Cater told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
"SWP will deploy all available resources this week to maintain
collection services and to catch up in any areas missed. However,
the scale of the disruption may make it impossible to meet the
two or five day periods prescribed in guidelines."
"In that situation, householders should put their recycling
and rubbish out on the next scheduled day, which they should check
as it is likely to have changed because of Christmas and New Year
arrangements (listed below)."
Highbridge Recycling Centre has re-opened after being closed for
several days due to the snow and ice.
rubbish collection changes:
The scheduled changes for refuse collections affected by the
Christmas and New Year holidays are as follows:
- Usual collections and catch-ups continue up to and including
Friday 24th December.
- With one exception, all collections from 27th December to 7th
January occur one day later.
- The exception is Friday 31st December, whose collections will
take place on Sunday 2nd January.
- Normal collections resume on Monday 10th January 2011.