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Catching up on bin collections

Sometimes Mother Nature defeats the best-laid plans and intentions.

Despite weather predictions and warnings our bin men turned out as normal at 5am last Wednesday with every good intention of completing their rounds, but after some frightening episodes it soon became clear that it was not safe for them to continue with their 26-tonne lorries on the borough's icy residential streets. It's never an easy decision to make to abandon refuse collections, but given the rapidly deteriorating conditions it was the right decision made in the interests of the safety of all road users. Some out-of-town routes quickly became impassable.

The news that bins would not be emptied was issued to all local media and via the council's website and Facebook and Twitter. Overnight snow on Wednesday which left road-clearing operators struggling meant Thursday was written off also and continuing sub-zero conditions and hard-packed snow on many routes saw Friday's planned collections also abandoned.

Thankfully the thaw means all refuse collections are back on and, in order to catch up, vehicles are being utilised for this week only to empty green bins which would have been used to empty brown bins.

Cllr Michael Brookes, the council's portfolio holder for waste services, said: "It has been a very difficult few days for everyone. I want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding in helping us deal with the exceptional weather.

"We are now doing our best to get all bins emptied and bagged side waste collected."

Brown bin collections will begin again on Tuesday, March 13. All brown bins presented in the first two weeks of April will be collected to ensure that 2017/18 customers receive their 20 collections and 2018/19 customers will receive a further collection in December providing them with their full quota of 20 collections.

Crews will be exceptionally busy trying to catch up, so if you do not need a green bin collection, please do not present it until your next scheduled collection.

Please leave any extra bags neatly next to your green bin for your next collection, however, if it is more convenient you can take any excess waste to the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Slippery Gowt in Wyberton.

Green bins not emptied last Thursday will be emptied on Wednesday, March 7 and Thursday, March 8.

Green bins not emptied last Friday (March 2) will be emptied on Thursday, March 8, Friday and Saturday. Please present your bin by 5.30am on Thursday and leave your bin out until collected.

Blue bin collections will be on your normal collection day.

Boston Borough Council makes some refuse collections on behalf of East Lindsey District Council in the south of its area. Collections not made in this area because of the wintry weather conditions will be made week commencing March 13th and will be collected on your normal scheduled collection day. Side waste will also be taken.