While many people will be enjoying the festive break with their families and friends, it will be business as usual for a number of Ceredigion County Council’s staff. This includes the Waste Collection Team, who have encountered some challenges recently with the reliability of its ageing fleet, meaning it’s not always been possible to deliver the best level of service.

The Council’s Chief Executive, Eifion Evans, gives thanks to the crews for their hard work during this challenging time and also their work throughout the year. “I would like to give praise to all our waste collection crews who do a fantastic job and work tirelessly, day in day out, throughout the year. With 2019 fast approaching, we’re looking forward to spring when new vehicles will be introduced to the fleet, which will help to make the service more efficient. Until then, the Waste Team, ably supported by their colleagues in the Council’s Transport Maintenance Unit, are working hard to keep the current fleet safe and on the road to ensure disruption to services is minimised.

We have to remember that when the weather turns wintry, many of the crew also work as the gritter lorry drivers. They help keep Ceredigion’s roads clear of ice and snow which can then also, unfortunately, impact on their ability to undertake waste collections.

Thank you, the residents of Ceredigion, for being patient with the service during this challenging time. Remember to be mindful that the crews are doing everything they can to ensure that your bins are collected on your scheduled days.”

Every day, the waste collection crews collect around 65 tonnes of waste. This is equivalent to 54 small cars!

Waste collections over the Christmas season on Monday, 24 December and Monday, 31 December will be collected as normal. All other collections between 24 December and 5 January will be collected a day later than scheduled.

Disruptions to the waste collection service are published on the Council’s website, https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/servicedisruptions