BINMEN stopped collecting rubbish in Stafford today after the snow storm called a halt to their rounds.Stafford Borough Council suspended collections as the snow grew heavier and offered a series of suggestions for people whose waste had not been collected.
A spokesman for the council said: “Please put your bins out for collection on the scheduled days (see your calendar).
“If they are not collected please leave them out,” he said. “They will be collected as soon as it safe to do so. “Saturdays and Sundays may also be used to catch up collections where possible.”
He said if rubbish had not been collected for more than one collection, bagged side waster would be taken from alongside bins on the next scheduled collection.
“The roads may be too dangerous to bring a 20 tonne truck along and could put pedestrians, children, other vehicles and our own crew at risk,” he said. “Even though the road appears clear the pathways may be dangerous for our crews to collect bins.”
He added that an increase in parked cars on the street during bad weather could also stop collection vehicles getting into or out of a street safely.
He said during a service disruption like this it was advisable to double bag food waste, disposable nappies and other perishable waste and pour fats drippings and grease into glass jars or plastic bottles with lids once cooled.
“Remove any recyclable or non-perishable waste from your green bin to allow more storage for food waste, disposable nappies etc,” he said. “Make use of home compost bins for vegetable and fruit peelings, tea bags, cardboard and paper if one is available to you.
“Rinse out and securely bag excess recycling, this waste will not perish or smell and can be stored safely away from combustible materials.” He said excess recycling would be picked up once collection rounds resumed if more than one collection has been missed.
“If it is possible for you, make use of the Household Waste Recycling Centres to dispose of excess waste,” he said, adding that in times of bad weather, people should call 0300 111 8000 or check firstname.lastname@example.org to check sites were open before setting off.