Although we’ve only had a small number of complaints from residents I wanted to update everyone on what is happening with our bin collections during these snowy conditions.
Our crews are out trying to collect bins but have been told they are not to venture down any roads they deem unsafe. This is because our lorries weigh 26 tonnes and will cause a great deal of damage to anything they hit if they lose control on the ice, or god forbid they should hit a pedestrian.
Most people recognise the bin men are just human beings trying to do their jobs in very challenging circumstances. Trying to negotiate icy pavements on Devon Road for example while pulling a wheelie bin or with a box of glass in your hand isn’t for the feint-hearted!
If your bin is missed this week, then the advice from the waste team is this:
Black bins (domestic) – If we are unable to collect your bin on your normal collection day this week, we will collect excess waste that you’ve put in bin bags on your next scheduled collection.
Recycling boxes – If we are unable to collect your bin on your normal collection day this week, we will collect excess recycling on your next scheduled collection. Please leave any additional separated materials alongside your recycling boxes on your next collection day.
Greenwaste – There will be no collections on Monday 21st January as staff have been redeployed on domestic and recycling crews. We will not be returning to collect greenwaste until the next scheduled collection day. If your bin is/gets full before next scheduled collection, you can stack cardboard at the side of your bin and put any green or food waste into your black bin.
Thankfully, we’ve kept weekly collections in Watford, as elsewhere some households will have to wait three weeks to have their missed bins emptied!