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Councillor can’t comment on changes to South Holland’s bin collections until after six month trial

The future of South Holland altered bin routes cannot be commented on until the end of the six month trial says the man leading the change following a series of complaints.

South Holland District Council changed the collection days for every household in the district on October 2 as the council looked to improve ‘efficiency and resilience’ of the service – this was the first change in decades.

But the alternations have not gone smoothly with nearly 2,000 missed collections reported in the first month along with a host of complaints over the Christmas period.

South Holland District Council refuse collection
South Holland District Council refuse collection

Coun Jack Tyrrell, district council portfolio holder for Environmental Services, was questioned about the issues during the last full council meeting – but said he could not comment until the end of the six month trial.

Sutton Bridge councillor Chris Brewis said: “I have had more complaints about the missed refuse and recycling collections in the past month and a half than in my previous umpteen years.

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“Are we going to ensure that the complete mess of dates (over Christmas) is not made next year? It seems to have gone on for three weeks when people expected a fortnight. Can we make sure this doesn’t happen again?”

Coun Jack Tyrrell explained the changes on a video posted on social media
Coun Jack Tyrrell explained the changes on a video posted on social media

Coun Tyrrell responded to say that the trial will complete at the end of March and that a lot of extra waste had been collected over the festive period.

He said: “First of all we did the re-routing because we wanted to find out whether we can do a better job and get it better.

“We had some problems, we had Christmas and and we had 210 tonnes in the first two weeks of extra rubbish – that is a big problem for us.

Coun Jack Tyrrell
Coun Jack Tyrrell

“We had people of work and that didn’t help. The Pride team jumped in to help with collecting as much rubbish as they could.

“It is very difficult for me to answer that question until we have finished the trial.”

Later in the meeting, Crowland ward member, Coun Bryan Alcock, called for ‘past their sell-by-date’ litter bins in the town to be replaced.

But Coun Tyrrell said: “We haven’t got the money to buy new bins.”

Residents in South Kesteven have also recently experienced a change to their bin collections – with new purple lidded bins introduced.

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