Heatwave Impact on Bin Collections
Residents in South Tyneside are being advised of disruption to waste collection services as business continuity measures are implemented due to the heatwave.
Recycling bins will not be collected on Tuesday 19 July so that teams can focus on other operations. Domestic, garden, trade and bulky collections will go ahead as normal.
A red extreme heat warning is in place for much of England, with temperatures forecast to rise to 41c. Amber warnings have also been issued across the rest of the UK.
The heatwave is being treated as a national emergency with the hot temperatures potentially bringing 'widespread impacts to people and infrastructure', and could cause health problems, leading to serious illness or danger to life.
Waste collections will be organised to avoid working in extreme conditions.
The Council will advise on arrangements for missed recycling bin collections in due course.
Councillor Ernest Gibson, Lead Member for Transport and Area Management, said: "First and foremost we must take care of our staff. The Met Office has issued its first-ever level four extreme heat warning with temperatures expected to reach a record high.
"Considering the really hot weather and the physically demanding role of our waste collection teams, we are having to implement business continuity measures to safeguard our workers while ensuring the delivery of core services.
"Please be assured that we will be doing all we can to maintain a full waste collection service over the coming weeks, but there may be some disruption.
"Collections may be earlier or later than usual as we try to minimise how much time our crews spend working in the extreme heat and at peak times of the day.
"We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and would ask residents for understanding at this time."
Residents are advised to take care in the extreme heat and follow advice to stay hydrated, keep their environment cool, apply sunscreen, stay out of the sun at peak times during the day and stay in the shade as much as possible.
Local people are also encouraged to avoid strenuous outdoor activity or save it for cooler parts of the day, as well as check on others including older people, sick neighbours, family and friends.
For further information about waste services in South Tyneside visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/waste