Snow and ice continue to affect refuse collections

EAST Devon s refuse and recycling collections have been severely disrupted due to the weather conditions, with 26 tonne refuse vehicles unable to access many rural areas.

EAST Devon's refuse and recycling collections have been severely disrupted due to the weather conditions, with 26 tonne refuse vehicles unable to access many rural areas. In addition, landfill tips have been closed and conditions have been considered too dangerous for the collectors.

The matter has been made worse by the fact that the Christmas collection schedule has meant some areas have not had the collection they would normally expect.

Paul Deakin, East Devon District Council's Waste and Recycling Manager, said: "EDDC, like all councils across the country, faces very challenging circumstances.

"The weather is extreme and, in view of the icy conditions, safety is the number one priority.

"As a result, decisions are being made daily as to whether it is safe to operate refuse and recycling collections when rural and residential roads are difficult to access.

"Unfortunately we are aware that, for a number of households, it means their waste has not been emptied on more than one occasion.

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"We ask residents to bear with us and to put out their waste on the next collection day. As the cold snap may continue the situation is being reviewed daily and, if the icy weather continues, emergency measures may have to be considered.

"We reviewed the situation on Friday 8 January and felt the best option was to abandon the Christmas schedule and revert to the normal collection days, which we hope will get collections back on track for the future. We have attempted to clear some of the backlog but there is a restriction on the number of vehicles that are available."

"We would urge anyone who is not sure of the current situation to look at our website www.eastdevon.gov.uk for up-to-date information.