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Recycling Update from BANES

banes   Recycling update: Friday 15 January   The Council is doing its utmost to resolve the current difficult recycling situation, which is not of our making. At the moment we are focused on collecting the outstanding recycling and have 7 crews out on the road. Today we have been able to target missed recycling collections in areas including Southdown, Twerton and High Littleton.   We will have additional trucks on the streets and collections taking place over the weekend and have had a great response from the public who would like to help.   The Council is continuing its concerted effort to reduce the backlog and has so far collected 75 tonnes of recycling in 4 days, including 6.5 tonnes of food waste.   The Council will endeavour to ensure that the majority of residents will have their recycling collected within a week and everybody within two weeks However, it is hard to predict the exact impact on collections that sustained strikes will have. Although the Council knew there were discussions between Kier and the staff,  the Council had less than 24 hours’ notice of the first actual strike action being confirmed.   Despite the short notice the Council was prepared and was able to quickly mobilise 7 crews and has provided almost daily updates to the public keeping them informed of progress. We have had a great response from members of the public to our call for help and we will continue to look at any actions we can take to minimise disruption within the boundaries of the law.   Key messages from the Council to assist in collecting the recycling  
  • We ask residents to keep putting their recycling out on their scheduled collection day and leave it out if it is not picked up. If you do not want to leave it out overnight, please take it back in after 4.30pm and put it out before 7am the following morning. We will collect your recycling and food waste as soon as we can.
  • If you see your recyclables being collected in what looks like a bin lorry instead of the usual recycling lorry then please be assured this waste is still being recycled, it is just being collected by a different vehicle. The Council’s priority is to ensure that as much waste as possible is recycled – it is really important that materials which can be recycled do not go to landfill
  • If you’re planning to take your recycling, including food waste, to one of our three recycling centres in Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton this weekend (open Saturday 9am-3.45pm and Sunday 9am-1pm), please consider helping a friend or neighbour who cannot visit the sites by taking their recycling too.
We are very pleased with the response from the public who are continuing to recycle and supporting our teams on the street.  We are committed to getting the recycling collected as soon as possible which in most cases will be less than a week.   The Council has diverted as many existing staff as possible onto the recycling effort.  The Council understands the inconvenience that many residents are facing. We are striving to extend collections to cover the weekend.   If residents can follow the recycling advice below, this will help support our efforts in dealing with the recycling situation even quicker.   Recycling advice:  
  • Please continue to put your recycling out on your scheduled collection day and leave it out if it is not picked up – we will get to you as soon as we can.
  • Please ensure that your recycling is secured so it cannot blow about. Please also ensure that you recycling containers do not cause an obstruction to others.
  • If we’ve caught up with your previously-missed recycling collection and you don’t have much waste by the time of your next scheduled collection, please hold onto your recycling if you can.
  • You can recycle all of the materials collected as part of the kerbside recycling collections, including food waste, at our three recycling centres in Bath, Keynsham and Midsomer Norton (open Monday-Friday 8am-4.15pm; Saturday 9am-3.45pm and Sunday 9am-1pm. Why not help a friend or neighbour who cannot visit the sites by taking their recycling too?
  • It is vital that you continue to recycle your waste – please do not put recycling into your black bin bags as this could slow down your normal refuse collections too.
Thank you for your patience and co-operation as we strive to clear the backlog.
  • Posted: 19th January 2016

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