Weather affected waste collections in east Dorset
BINS were lining pavements in east Dorset last week, with Dorset Waste Partnership having been unable to make scheduled collections due to bad weather.
Mike Bell, the DWP head of operations, said: "Snow and ice on local roads and pavements can make carrying out waste collections extremely dangerous for both the public and our staff. Most of our collections are done in 26-tonne vehicles, which could cause a serious accident if they went out of control. Local conditions can vary greatly and even when the majority of main roads are clear, some minor and rural roads remain impassable. Icy pavements can be especially treacherous when you consider our crews are constantly on the move collecting containers from the kerbside.
"Our supervisors assessed local conditions early each day and made decisions in the best interests of public safety. Throughout the week we provided regular updates about disruption to collections on our website, at www.dorsetforyou.com/closed-services/waste.
"Following the heaviest snowfall on Friday 18 January, collections in east Dorset were suspended, while only partial collections could be carried out in Christchurch."
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He added that they made additional resources available to carry out catch-up collections last Saturday.
Mr Bell added: "We apologise for any inconvenience the disruption to collections has caused and expect to return to normal service this week as weather conditions improve."