Binmen still struggling to catch up after snow

Witney Gazette: Roger Godfrey with some of the bins in Pensclose, Witney Roger Godfrey with some of the bins in Pensclose, Witney

BINS have been left festering at the side of roads across Oxfordshire for a month after a string of cancelled collections.

Thousands of residents in West Oxfordshire, South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse last had their waste collected four weeks ago.

Officials say the bins were not collected because icy roads made it too dangerous for refuse workers.

Residents in Pensclose, Witney, last had their household waste collected four weeks ago – on January 9.

But their bins are due to be emptied tomorrow.

Roger Godfrey, 66, who runs a carpet cleaning firm, said: “I worked every day we had snow and I did not miss a single appointment.

“I did not want to let my customers down and the council should not let theirs down.”

He said recycling boxes were collected last week and questioned why household waste was not collected at the same time.

Mr Godfrey added: “This would not have happened if we had weekly bin collections.”

Barry West, 56, said: “Surely they could have sent an extra vehicle out to collect the rubbish in the areas that have not been done.”

Mr West cares for his parents Anne, 79, and Peter, 80, who live in Pensclose.

West Oxfordshire District Council’s waste contractor, May Gurney, collects recycling and food waste weekly, but garden and household waste fortnightly.

The council estimated less than five per cent of residents were still waiting for their bins to be collected.

Spokesman Sam Simpson said: “We are sorry for any inconvenience.

“We are trying hard to get things back on track as quickly as possible.”

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse contractor Biffa collects food waste weekly and recycling and landfill waste fortnightly on alternate weeks.

The councils estimated seven to eight per cent of residents were still waiting for bins to be collected, with recycling collections disrupted in South Oxfordshire and landfill waste in the Vale.

Waste crews for all three councils were out on Saturday in an attempt to catch up on the routes hit but did not reach everyone.

Cherwell District Council and Oxford City Council said the weather had disrupted collections, but crews had now caught up.

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10:24am Tue 5 Feb 13

Mark L. says...

Strange, as I live in the VOWH and the cul de sac that I live in has been like an ice rink yet the bins have been emptied on time.I was quite suprised that they did venture down my road.Hats off to them as the pavements and road were lethal. My wife slipped over on the ice three times, just walking my son to School.
Strange, as I live in the VOWH and the cul de sac that I live in has been like an ice rink yet the bins have been emptied on time.I was quite suprised that they did venture down my road.Hats off to them as the pavements and road were lethal. My wife slipped over on the ice three times, just walking my son to School. Mark L.

1:51pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Grunden Skip says...

You could understand it in places like Chippy where there isn't a road that ain't a hill, but Pensclose, if the residents had wheeled their bins to the main trunk then it wouldn't have been a problem, but I can see how the bin men couldn't get along the branches and back out again. Weekly bin collection are the answer, as we have not seen the benefit of the promised savings made by two-weekly collections, with council tax going up, and services (except council pensions) being cut.
You could understand it in places like Chippy where there isn't a road that ain't a hill, but Pensclose, if the residents had wheeled their bins to the main trunk then it wouldn't have been a problem, but I can see how the bin men couldn't get along the branches and back out again. Weekly bin collection are the answer, as we have not seen the benefit of the promised savings made by two-weekly collections, with council tax going up, and services (except council pensions) being cut. Grunden Skip

8:39am Wed 6 Feb 13

Feelingsmatter says...

Mark L. wrote:
Strange, as I live in the VOWH and the cul de sac that I live in has been like an ice rink yet the bins have been emptied on time.I was quite suprised that they did venture down my road.Hats off to them as the pavements and road were lethal. My wife slipped over on the ice three times, just walking my son to School.
Sadly they couldn't be bothered to collect the bins from my street; they just drove straight past without stopping. 6 emails and five phone calls later I eventually got my street's bins collected, and the Biffa supervisor had the cheek to blame the snow. We should get a rebate!!
[quote][p][bold]Mark L.[/bold] wrote: Strange, as I live in the VOWH and the cul de sac that I live in has been like an ice rink yet the bins have been emptied on time.I was quite suprised that they did venture down my road.Hats off to them as the pavements and road were lethal. My wife slipped over on the ice three times, just walking my son to School.[/p][/quote]Sadly they couldn't be bothered to collect the bins from my street; they just drove straight past without stopping. 6 emails and five phone calls later I eventually got my street's bins collected, and the Biffa supervisor had the cheek to blame the snow. We should get a rebate!! Feelingsmatter

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