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Freezing weather: Bin crews to return to empty bins on Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire streets that were too dangerous to visit

Crews have unable to empty many bins across Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire this week due to the freezing temperatures and have issued guidance to householders.

It has dropped as low as -7C in the county this week, and it has left many gritted smaller, side roads treacherous and too dangerous for large bin collection lorries to travel down.

Freezing temperatures meant some bin lorry lifts were not operational this week (61382978)
Freezing temperatures meant some bin lorry lifts were not operational this week (61382978)

Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service, which empties bins across the city and South Cambridgeshire, said the freezing temperatures have also left some of the bin lifts on the back of trucks frozen solid and not operational.

The service is hoping to return during the week from Monday, December 19, to empty those blue and black bins that it was unable to collect during the week from Monday December 12.

These bins will be prioritised over green bins, which are not going to be revisited.

A statement from the service said: “If all the blue or black bins on your street were not emptied between Monday 12 and Friday 16 December, please put these back out on Sunday evening / first thing Monday morning and we will do our best to empty them by Friday afternoon (23 December).

“If by Friday it/they have not been emptied, then we apologise but will not be able to return until the next scheduled collection day.

“The council is aware of which whole streets were missed because of the mapping software used in bin lorries.”

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