Humberside

Extra crews for North East Lincolnshire rubbish backlog

Extra bin collectors have been working to clear a backlog of Christmas rubbish in North East Lincolnshire.

The council said not all of last week's scheduled collections had been completed because of problems caused by "large amounts" of waste.

A council spokeswoman said the backlog of household waste had been collected and extra crews were working this week to collect paper, glass and cans.

Collections are expected to return to normal from 10 January.

The spokeswoman said extra crews would also be collecting garden waste from 28 January.

She added residents could use their brown refuse bins for garden waste, cardboard and also any used Christmas trees.

Second delay

Councillor Peter Burgess said: "We have had crews working extra hours including weekends and public holidays in order to ensure that we are clearing all waste and recycling from the borough.

"We have also used staff from other areas of the council for extra help.

"In addition, we are accepting any waste that is placed alongside people's refuse. This will be assessed at the end of the week and extended if necessary."

It is the second time in a month that the council has had to deal with a significant backlog of waste.

It was forced to suspend collections for two weeks just before Christmas as heavy snow and ice made driving conditions hazardous.

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