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Collections Resume
Thursday 24th December, 2009

Council waste operatives will be collecting bins again from Sunday 27 December.

As the weather improves, black bins will be emptied on the Sunday for those people who would normally have a Friday service. There will also be recycling collections for properties due their fortnightly recycling on that day as well.

Excess waste, in black bags placed alongside the bin, will also taken throughout that week.

Collections continue as advertised from Monday 28 to Thursday 31, with Friday’s service on Saturday 2 January 2010.

“It’s been a very challenging week,” says deputy leader Cllr David Molyneux. “And I would like to thank the crews who have worked solidly on long shifts through the nights in sub zero temperatures to grit and plough the network.”

The waste management team are reminding residents to put out their bins and sacks by 7am. The bin should not be overfilled because the lifting equipment on the vehicles, and the operatives themselves, cannot take bins that are overflowing or crammed full of heavy items.

There will be a special January collection for green waste – including natural Christmas trees. Calendars with full details have been distributed to residents.

Waste collection manager Andy Warburton told councillors and senior officers: “May I take this opportunity to thank you for your understanding and patience during this difficult period and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.”

Depot managers in Wigan report that supplies of grit are getting through and they will continue their extensive programme of salting the main roads and bus routes as required.

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