Snow latest: Harrogate halts bin collections over safety fears

The severe weather conditions and fears for crews' safety have forced the cancellation of all bin collections in Harrogate today.

Friday, 15th January 2021, 3:22 pm
Harrogate Borough Council said: "Due to the current adverse weather conditions, we have taken the decision to postpone all household waste and recycling collections."

It's a blow for many residents who were in the same situation last weekend because of snow and ice - after building up more rubbish than usual over the festive season.

A spokesperson for Harrogate Borough Council said: "Due to the current adverse weather conditions, we have taken the decision to postpone all household waste and recycling collections today and tomorrow, Saturday, January 16.

"Where we can, we will do our best to collect any outstanding household waste next week.

"Unfortunately, any outstanding recycling won’t be collected until the next scheduled recycling collection date.

"The public are advised to use carrier bags or open boxes for any additional recycling you might have.

"We apologise for any inconvenience this delay may have caused, but the health and safety of our crews is paramount."

But one resident told the Harrogate Advertiser the situation was causing piles of rubbish.

The resident said: "Am I alone in wondering why two days of snow means recycling won’t be collected for three weeks?

"The tips are shut also. While I fully understand refuse collection being halted on the snowy days as it was dangerous - in most other professions you’d be expected to catch up ASAP and make up the hours.

"It is leading to overflowing bins and recycling."

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