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West Norfolk bin crews catching up on snow backlog, but officials warn conditions remain 'very challenging'

Rubbish collections in West Norfolk are virtually back on schedule this evening, following the delays caused by the recent snowfall, council officials say.

But residents in parts of the borough that were due to have their recycling collected either yesterday or today have been asked to leave their bins out so they can be emptied over the next few days.

The advice was contained in a further update, issued late this afternoon, on the disruption which saw the entire service suspended for a time on Monday.

Snow Scenes from King's Lynn and West Norfolk on Monday February 8th 2021... (44303063)
Snow Scenes from King's Lynn and West Norfolk on Monday February 8th 2021... (44303063)

The authority said: "All main black bin collections are up to date, and we'll be attempting to collect as normal for the rest of the week.

"The exception to this is properties in Welney, Fincham and Walsoken.

"Bins in these areas will be collected on Wednesday, as their collections on Monday were postponed."

King's Court, Borough Council of West Norfolk.. (43755272)
King's Court, Borough Council of West Norfolk.. (43755272)

On the green recycling bins, the council plans for collections to take place as normal from tomorrow.

But officials said collections which would have taken place either yesterday or today will take place between Wednesday and Friday "as difficult conditions persist in Hunstanton and the north coast."

The statement continued: "We can't guarantee which day we'll be collecting on a particular street. Please leave your bin out for collection as usual, and we'll collect it when we can.

"We have resources available to collect all bins that we can safely access by the end of Saturday."

Extra recycling can be collected from affected addresses.

Garden waste collections remain suspended until next week and the council has warned that crews will not be able to return later for any material which may have frozen inside the bins.

Bulky waste collections planned for yesterday or today will also be rearranged.

The council added: "Working conditions remain very challenging and the safety of our collection crews is our priority. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding."

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