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Council plea to keep roads clear for bin wagons

Council plea to keep roads clear for bin wagons

Published by Lisa Darvill at 11:38am 26th March 2020.

People in Ilkley are being urged to thinks about where their cars are being parked. 

  • Bradford Council says as more people are working from home, cars are blocking access 
  • It's urging people to think where their cars are on collection days 
  • At the moment, all waste crews are out working as normal 
  • But it's training other Council workers so they can be redeployed as bin collectors if needed 

Bradford Council says with residents working from home instead of commuting, parked cars have been left blocking access for Bradford Council’s 26 tonne wagons, preventing bin collections.

They're urging residents to consider the access on bin collections days. 

The current national working from home restrictions are also throwing up difficulties for our crews due to the abnormally high number of cars parked in residential areas.

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The council wants to make sure collections run smoothly during the epidemic

The council says currently all general waste crews are out working at normal staff levels. Recycling crews are also working but with three crews operating with one colleague missing.

In garden waste, we have only half the crews available for work which means two instead of four. As soon as they have collected their rounds they are trying to catch up on the rounds that have been missed.

All Trade Waste collections are being carried out and it is expected that some of the staff from this service will become available as more businesses close temporarily.

The service is also training other Council workers so they can be redeployed as bin collectors.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said:

“Our people are working heroically to keep this core service going despite losing so many colleagues self-isolating at home for health reasons.

“We would ask everyone to try and make their operations run a little more smoothly by parking considerately to allow access for wagons on bin collection days.

“There would be serious consequences if bins did not get emptied in this district and that is why we will pull out all the stops to maintain such a vital service.

“I can only pay my tribute to the people at the sharp end who are doing a great job for our residents during this national health emergency which is affecting them as much as anyone else.”