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Swale council has issued a new timetable for bin collections to avoid 'public health risk'

By KentOnline reporter

Bins will be emptied next week, Swale council has promised, after four days without collections.

The authority suspended the service on Tuesday due to the snow and ice.

Now it says it will have to prioritise collecting rubbish from green bins and food waste, starting on Monday, to avoid 'a public health risk'.

Swale council has vowed to empty green bins next week. Stock picture
Swale council has vowed to empty green bins next week. Stock picture

The aim is to clear the backlog by next Friday (March 9).

No recycling in blue bins will be collected next week.

A spokesman said: "We aim to collect all outstanding refuse (green bins or sacks if you don’t have a wheeled bin) and food waste by Friday, March 9.

"To achieve this, we have had to take the difficult decision to suspend all recycling collections from March 5 to 9.

Swale House, Swale council's headquarters in East Street, Sittingbourne
Swale House, Swale council's headquarters in East Street, Sittingbourne

"Because of these revised collection plans, we are no longer advising residents to leave their bins out for catch-up collections today or over the weekend.

"We understand and share residents’ frustration with these arrangements, but we 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."

Anyone whose green bin collection was missed this week will have it emptied on the corresponding day next week.

Crews will take up to two extra black sacks of rubbish which should be left next to bins.

Households due to have had their blue bins emptied this week will have to wait until the week beginning March 12.

For more on the changes, click here.

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