Recycling collection services across the county are to be temporarily suspended due to ongoing strike action.

Wiltshire Council and Hills Municipal Waste have made the decision to temporarily suspend recycling services in the county for two weeks, to prioritise household residual waste collections.

The service is expected to resume the week beginning March 21.


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The demonstrations at various depots have meant vehicles could not enter them, which has had a knock-on effect on collection services.

According to the council, police were called to the Churchfields depot on Monday, due to the pickets.

The change does not affect general household waste or garden waste collections, which should continue to be put out by 7am on their scheduled collection date, and, if they are not collected, should be left out and where possible they will be collected the next day.

If you have already put out your black boxes and blue-lidded bins, you should take them back in until their next scheduled collection date.

When collections resume, the waste teams will accept additional recycling materials that have collected during this time, so any materials that cannot fit into your containers can be left out in separate bags or suitable containers.

Thanking residents for their "patience", Cllr Dr Mark McClelland, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Waste, said: "Despite the industrial action, we still have managed to complete many waste rounds across the county, and we thank people for their patience as we look to catch-up on those missed residual household waste collections as quickly as possible, and these have to be the priority.

"Due to the position of the pickets at Churchfields, it meant that frustratingly no vehicles were able to get through at that depot on Monday, which resulted in police being called to the site. This has had a knock-on effect on our collection services. Similar difficulties with vehicles being blocked from leaving were experienced at the Riverway depot early on Tuesday morning.

"We always expected that collections during this period were going to be fluid and we apologise for the inconvenience this is causing, but we're doing everything we can to minimise the disruption during this complex and unprecedented time.

"One of our contingency plans, which we hoped we wouldn't need to implement, was to temporarily suspend recycling services. This means we can prioritise general waste collections, and people should leave their general waste bin out at 7am on their usual collection day, and it will be emptied - though it may be a day or so late.

"We know it's not ideal but we ask that people keep their kerbside recycling back and take their black boxes and blue lidded bins in until their scheduled collection day after March 21, or please take the materials to your nearest household recycling centre, as they are operating as normal.

"This dispute is between Hills and the GMB Union, and we hope it is resolved as quickly as possible, so residents can continue to benefit from the range of collections we provide."

Residents can keep up to date with any disruption or changes to waste collection services, on Wiltshire Council's Twitter feed.

Details about Household Recycling Centres can be found on the Wiltshire Council website.

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