Council bosses have apologised to Sheffield residents still waiting to have their bins collected after last weekend’s snow - and said they anticipate most of the backlog will be cleared this weekend.
Thousands of bins around the city were left uncollected as a result of the heavy snow on Boxing Day evening, which made some roads impassable for waste lorries for several days.
Extra crews are being sent out this weekend to ensure the backlog is cleared, while bosses have apologised for the delays.
Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for environment and recycling, said: “I’m sorry for the delays to some collections which was due to the heavy snow fall last weekend. However now that the weather has improved we are working as quickly as we can, using extra crews, to catch up and get collections back on schedule.
“We hope to have the majority of the outstanding collections completed by the end of the weekend.”
Black bins and recycling bins and boxes were collected as scheduled yesterday and will be again today, Saturday.
Sheffield Council and waste contractor Veolia say they anticipate the backlog of all black bins and the ‘majority’ of recycling containers will be cleared by tomorrow, Sunday.
Any outstanding recycling containers will be collected early next week and residents are advised to leave their containers out until they have been collected.
Francis Drew, contract manager at Veolia, said: “With the improved working conditions following the recent milder temperatures, we’re working to catch up with the backlog of collections as quickly as we can. To help residents we are also collecting small amounts of bagged side waste with the black bins, and small amounts of extra card with the blue bins/boxes.
“Extra waste can also be taken to any of the city’s Household Waste Recycling Centres or bring sites which are open as normal.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank residents for their patience whilst we complete outstanding collections.”
Bin collections delays have also affected Rotherham, with clearing the backlog in the town scheduled to last into next week.
Extra crews will be out next week to collect black bins that were missed in the snow, but missed recycling bins collections from December 27 to January 3 will only be picked up during next scheduled collections.
Coun Mahroof Hussain, cabinet member for environment, apologised for the disruption but said bin crews were now well on their way to catching-up with missing collections.
He said: “Several days of ice at a time when regular collections were rescheduled for the holidays, has resulted in collections being two days behind. Although many people have had their bin emptied there are some streets, scattered in pockets right across the borough, who have not. We are catching up and the normal collection schedule will begin on Monday.
£In addition, up to seven extra crews are being used next week to mop-up those black bins that were not collected at all last week.”