The waste collection changes were due to roll out on March 16, with the rubbish being taken to the district’s new £750m recycling plant, but the sub-zero temperatures in Canada has left hundreds of ships stranded on the River Hudson, including the one carrying vital equipment for the South Kirby waste plant.
The council has suspended the planned changes for a third of homes and that people should ignore the letters distributed recently, as the normal bin routine will continue until the summer.
Shanks Waste Management have apologised for the inconvenience and confusion, and are said to be working with the council and suppliers to get the required equipment delivered as soon as possible.
Councillor Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for the environment also added that Shanks had identified another facility in the UK to take the district’s waste until the South Kirby plant is equipped to deal with it themselves, but unfortunately the deal fell through.
With such short notice, the district’s changes to the waste collections will now be enforced later in the year. Coun Cummings added that if anyone had already started with the new mixed recycling routine, should put these bins out for collection as normal.
Cummings also apologised for the confusion and appreciated that it had caused an inconvenience and uncertainty for householders, but was “committed to delivering a better waste management and recycling service for all homes as soon as we possibly can.”
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