A major attempt is to be made tomorrow (Saturday, July 14) to clear the backlog of un-emptied refuse and recycling bins in Uckfield and other parts of the Wealden district.
Residents are being told to leave bins out for collection.
A big effort is being planned to collect bins on rounds which were missed today and to reach people who have not had a collection for some time.
A statement by Wealden District Council issued this afternoon said:
“Unfortunately, several rounds will not be operating today’s scheduled collections.
We will endeavour to work with Kier [the council’s contractor] to ensure they are collected tomorrow [Saturday].
“Please leave your bins out.
“If your bin has not been emptied, please register the missed collection online through our website at my.wealden.gov.uk by 5pm the next working day.
“Wealden District Council and Kier apologise for any inconvenience caused by the current disruption to waste collections which is a result of a driver shortages and vehicle breakdowns.
“Please be assured we are working tirelessly with Kier to resolve this matter.
“Bins that have been missed today, and also any that remain outstanding from previous days, should be left out in readiness to be emptied over the coming days.
“Thank you for your patience and understanding.”
Areas in Uckfield that did not get the planned collection today were chiefly in New Town.
In many areas, collections have been a day late.
The erratic and sporadic collections have sparked residents’ fury across Uckfield, many taking to social media to vent their anger.
*The district council does not normally schedule refuse and recycling collections at the weekend.