Waste collection and recycling service

Friday, 02 March 2018

Swale Borough Council’s waste and recycling service has been affected by the severe weather conditions over the past few days.

The decision to suspend collections was made for two main reasons: they have not been able to send crews out, as few roads are currently accessible for our 26-tonne vehicles. Where roads are accessible to vehicles the majority of pavements are too icy for staff to safely do their jobs. In addition to these problems on the ground, waste transfer stations (where the rubbish is taken after it is collected) have not been able to open.

Looking at the forecast today, no further collections will take place and they aim to restart collections on Monday, 5 March, although they have had to make several changes to planned collections.

With these changes in place, they aim to collect all outstanding refuse (green bins or sacks if you don’t have a wheeled bin) and food waste by Friday, 9 March. To achieve this, they have had to take the difficult decision to suspend all recycling collections from 5-9 March.

Because of these revised collection plans, they are no longer advising residents to leave their bins out for catch-up collections today or over the weekend. Please put your green bin and food waste bin out for collection as directed below.

  • No recycling will be collected from 5-9 March, as recycling crews will be redeployed to catch up with refuse collections. Please keep hold of your recyclables until your next scheduled collection: when this takes place, crews will take any amount of recyclables left next to your blue bin, as long as it is not presented in black sacks (clear carrier bags/cardboard boxes only please).
  • Green bins and food waste bins will be emptied from 5-9 March. If your collection is due next week, put your green bin and food waste bin out as normal; if it was due this week (27/02, 28/02, 01/03 or 02/03), put your green bin and food waste bin out on the day your recycling collection would normally take place. Crews will take up to two black sacks of refuse in addition to emptying your green bin – put these next to your bin for collection.
  • To make up for missed clinical waste collections, crews will be able to take away double the number of bags next week.
  • Swale Borough Council apologises that garden waste collections missed this week will not be rescheduled. Instead, subscribers will be offered an additional collection at the end of their subscription period. Garden waste collections scheduled for 5-9 March will go ahead as planned.
  • Bulky waste collections booked in for this week will be rescheduled to next week. Any bulky waste collections scheduled for next week will be moved to the following week (12-16 March).
  • Rubbish tips will be open next week as usual. Please use these facilities to dispose of any additional recycling or garden waste which cannot be stored until your next collection.

Please reference the easy to use tables below for your revised collection dates.

GREEN BIN collection

due on

Revised Collection will

be made on

Tuesday 27th February Tuesday 6th March
Wednesday 28th February Wednesday 7th March
Thursday 1st March Thursday 8th March
Friday 2nd March Friday 9th March
Monday 5th March Monday 5th March
Tuesday 6th March Tuesday 6th March
Wednesday 7th March Wednesday 7th March
Thursday 8th March Thursday 8th March
Friday 9th March Friday 9th March

 

BLUE BIN collection

due on

Revised Collection will

be made on

Tuesday 27th February Tuesday 13th March
Wednesday 28th February Wednesday 14th March
Thursday 1st March Thursday 15th March
Friday 2nd March Friday 16th March
Monday 5th March Monday 5th March
Tuesday 6th March Tuesday 20th March
Wednesday 7th March Wednesday 21st March
Thursday 8th March Thursday 22nd March
Friday 9th March Friday 23rd March

 

GARDEN WASTE collection

due on

Revised Collection will

be made on

Tuesday 27th February Tuesday 13th March
Wednesday 28th February Wednesday 14th March
Thursday 1st March Thursday 15th March
Friday 2nd March Friday 16th March
Monday 5th March Monday 5th March
Tuesday 6th March Tuesday 6th March
Wednesday 7th March Wednesday 7th March
Thursday 8th March Thursday 8th March
Friday 9th March Friday 9th March

 

Swale Borough Council understands and shares residents’ frustration with these arrangements, but they have to ensure that refuse and food waste is collected as a priority. If left uncollected when temperatures start to rise next week, this could pose a public health risk.

 SBC needs your help!

 SBC will use every possible method of getting these messages out but they need your help. If you have read this please tell neighbours, friends and family so they are aware.

The link to this information on our website is https://www.swale.gov.uk/Waste-and-recycling-collection-changes and they will be sharing the information on Facebook; and Twitter

For any questions on any of the above, please call Customer services on 01795 417888 or go online to fill out a contact form.