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Offline LMS

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Freezing weather and rubbish collection
« on: January 22, 2017, 04:15:28 pm »
I have been 'shamed' in the past by having a garish black & yellow sign attached to my bin if I have inadvertently thrown something away that I shouldn't, but this weeks sign was a new one for me.....
                                 'FROZEN CONTENTS'      "We have attempted to empty your bin but because the contents are frozen solid, this was unsuccessful"

On the other side of this notice there are some helpful hints on how I can avoid this happening again:
  • Do not compress the contents - fair enough, although I hadn't done this
  • Fill your bin on the day of collection - what am I supposed to do with all my rubbish for the previous 2 weeks?
  • Loosen the contents - if it wasn't compressed why would I do this?
  • Store your bin in a warmer spot, e.g. in a shed or beside your house - and they will collect from this nice warm spot? ??? ;D ;D ;D
By 8 am that morning the bin, which was standing in full sun, was totally defrosted. My problem is that unfortunately my house is one of the first on their route, so in summer, when I sleep with the window open, I am awakened to the sound of the refuse collection any time from 5 am (and I'm sure it was 4.30 one week), and in Jan/ Feb, when it is still dark, most mornings are freezing at that time, so presumably I will receive this notice again in the future, and have to take the contents to the tip myself? 
I refuse to get up at that time to put the bin on the boundary telephoned WH Council to suggest that they might like to consider starting later, or collecting frozen bins on their way back to the depot, but apparently this is beyond their capabilities. At different times in the year  the rail companies might change their timetables to allow for the different weather conditions and  I'm sure that the residents of Norway, Finland, Central Europe etc. don't go weeks and weeks before their rubbish can be collected.
To add insult to injury WH Council are soon going to expect me to pay for this 'service'.
 

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Re: Freezing weather and rubbish collection
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2017, 07:36:50 pm »
Its just laziness from the collectors - rather than spend the extra few seconds trying a little harder to free up the waste they would rather spend it putting a sticker on your bin!


The labels must have some special adhesive on them to stick to a frozen bin though!
 

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Re: Freezing weather and rubbish collection
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2017, 10:58:26 am »
Only the top third of my brown bin got emptied, the mass of frozen leaves must have been frozen solid

Not sure you can call the refuse collectors lazy, they have a tight schedule and cant afford to spend 5 minutes freeing up a frozen bin.

I often pack loads of garden waste in the bin to the point that it's really heavy, yet it has always been emptied without problem and I've never had a sticker put on the bin either

 

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Re: Freezing weather and rubbish collection
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2017, 11:03:43 am »
My bin was frozen solid on thursday and the crew got out a shovel and freed it up and got it in the truck. Took them about 2 minutes. Amazing Service. BP
 

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Re: Freezing weather and rubbish collection
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2017, 03:12:42 pm »
would much prefer the operators at least try and empty the frozen bins, 5 minutes on each bin is excessive, however a couple of well placed thumps on the bin whilst it is upside down in the lifting harness will only take 30 seconds.
 

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