Waverley and Guildford councils tackle rubbish build-up


Rubbish collections have returned to normal in parts of Surrey after disruption to services during the snow.

Waverley council is still dealing with excess waste but said it would all be removed during the next collections.

The authority has advised people who want to get rid of waste sooner than their collection day to use waste tips or recycling stations.

Guildford council said its services were “severely stretched” but extra crews had been used to clear a backlog.

Abandoned vehicles
Guildford council leader Tony Rooth said the authority had “no option other than to suspend collection services” when conditions became too severe for vehicles and crews to operate safely.

He said five extra vehicles were deployed to make collections last week including on two bank holidays.

In Waverley, some collections were missed on Wednesday because of heavy volumes of recycling and some collections were missed on 20 December because of snow and ice.

The council said the snow and ice, together with parked and abandoned vehicles in the roads, made it difficult to get heavy waste collection lorries around the borough.

A statement said: “Surrey County Council is responsible for gritting roads and although main roads were gritted, the county was not able to grit some rural and side roads and this created problems for our refuse and recycling collections.

“Treacherous pavement conditions also added to the difficulties experienced by the crews. This meant a number of properties did not receive a collection.”

It said excess waste would be removed during the next scheduled collections, but people who wanted to get rid of waste sooner could take it to a recycling point or civic amenity site.

Councils across England have been dealing with a huge backlog of rubbish with some areas, including Birmingham and Exeter, going without collections for four weeks.

The local authorities affected have blamed the severe winter weather, icy roads, the festive break and an increased amount of household waste produced over Christmas and new year.

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