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Council apologises for missed bin collections in Lichfield and Burntwood during Christmas and New Year period

Council bosses have apologised for delays to bin collections over the Christmas and New Year period.

Some households across the region saw missed collections during the festive period – an issue caused by staff illness according to the local authority.

David Leytham
David Leytham

Cllr David Leytham, Cabinet member for operational services, leisure and waste, thanked households for their patience.

“We’re really sorry if we didn’t manage to get to your bin on your allotted day over the festive break,” he said.

“Thank you for bearing with us as we know how inconvenient it is to have your bin missed, especially over Christmas.”

The council has also revealed that the festive period saw an improvement in recycling habits.

It comes after a crackdown was launched on black bin liners being included in blue recycling bins. Stickers were issued reminding households.

Cllr Leytham said: “Thank you to everyone for the massive improvement we have seen in the quality of the recycling that has been going into your blue bins since we reminded you not to use black bin liners and brought out our recycling guide.

“It has resulted in none of our truck-loads of recycling being rejected, which is great news, considering how much more we all recycle at this time of year.

“We hope our residents keep up the good work by continuing to use their blue bins for paper, card, cans, plastics and glass, and remembering that items such as food, nappies, animal bedding, polystyrene and general waste, should go in your black bins only.”

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