Council apologises over missed bin collections.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Council has admitted there have been difficulties with the new food waste collection service in the district.

Earlier this year Newry, Mourne and Down District Council rolled out a new bin programme so that all householders would have a brown bin.

However just over a month after the bins were issued, the council has acknowledged there have been difficulties in the service.

A council spokesperson told The Outlook that they would like to apologise to householders who have not had their bins emptied.

"Due to food waste regulations restricting food waste to landfill Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has implemented a domestic food waste collection service across the whole district.

"This has resulted in the delivery of bins and additional service requirements to 27,500 householders.

"As with any new service of this magnitude, the council has been experiencing issues in the collection of bins during the present bedding in period.

"In general the main difficulty has been employing drivers and covering staff sickness.

Additional staff have been employed for the new service, however the council is still in the recruitment process.

"Householders who have not had their bin emptied are advised to keep it out, until it has been emptied.

"The council would like to apologise for any disruption in refuse service during this time, " said a council spokesperson.


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