Waste bosses have confirmed that bin crews are ready to tackle forecasted snow over the next few days and plans are in place to try and minimise disruption to collections.
Latest Met Office weather warnings show Cambridgeshire is expecting snow and freezing temperatures tonight (Monday) and for at least the next two days.
Bin crews will be on the road in the morning carrying out scheduled collections, but residents in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire are being warned that if the forecasted snow arrives it will mean that blue and black collections will be prioritised over green bins.
The Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service between South Cambridgeshire District and Cambridge City Councils will have around 40 waste collection vehicles crewed by approximately 120 staff out collecting bins tomorrow, but slippery conditions on both the roads and footpaths may mean collections are slower than when the weather is good.
Cllr Rosy Moore, Executive councillor for Environmental Services and City Centre at Cambridge City Council, said: “Our crews do a brilliant job when the weather is against them but they encounter the same issues on the roads as everyone else. Bin trucks are 26 tonnes vehicles and we must make sure we put everyone’s safety first.”
Cllr Mark Howell, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “When enough snow falls to disrupt people getting around on the roads our bin crews will be tackling exactly the same problems. The day after the first snowfall can also be even tougher as the paths become incredibly slippery and mean we simply cannot get around as quickly. Our teams will assess each day and keep our website updated with the latest news. If your green bin is not collected please bear with us, and if you have very little waste in it and do not need to put it out this week it will help us too.”
In South Cambridgeshire, visit www.scambs.gov.uk/bin-collection-service-announcements for the latest bin collection information. In Cambridge City visit www.cambridge.gov.uk/updates.