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Bath residents' recycling collections delayed for fifth time

Recycling left out for collection in Odd Down in Bath. Credit: ITV West Country

Delays to recycling collections have rolled into a fifth day as industrial action by staff at a council contractor continues.

Members of the Unite union who work at Kier, the company in charge of recycling and food waste collections in Bath and North East Somerset, are taking industrial action in the form of an overtime ban.

This has led to residents experiencing disruption to their recycling collections.

Some residents say they're continuing to have to cope with pavements filled with soaking and smelly waste.

I have a big heap of soggy waste which is already 'aged' since Christmas Day. I think I will just leave it out in the wet but fresh air!

– COMBE DOWN RESIDENT

Bath and North East Somerset Council is asking residents to hold onto their recycling and put it back out for collection on 11 January.

Recycling strike hits Bath for another day

Recycling left out for collection in Odd Down in Bath. Credit: ITV News

Staff working for Bath and North East Somerset's recycling contractor, Kier, have taken industrial action in the form of an overtime ban.

This has led to residents experiencing disruption to their recycling collections.

People with recycling and food waste scheduled for Saturday 2 January which had not been collected were being asked to put it back out for collection today (Tuesday 5th January).

However due to continued strike action, the scheduled collections did not happen.

This recycling on Upper Wellsway will have to be taken in and put out for next week. Credit: ITV News

Bath and North East Somerset Council is asking residents to hold onto their recycling and put it back out for collection tomorrow (Wednesday 6 January).

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Views on recycling sought

A door-to-door survey will be taking place in the Gloucestershire next week to find out residents’ views about recycling.

The survey is being carried out on behalf of the Gloucestershire Waste Partnership (GWP) and will start on Thursday.

Gloucestershire County Council will begin a door-to-door survey on recycling next week Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

It will take place in a sample of properties in Springbank, Whaddon, Podsmead, Linden, Stonehouse and Brockworth, and residents should be aware that all the interviewers will wear identity badges and will be carrying letters of authorisation.

Councillor Stan Waddington, Chairman of the GWP explains, "Gloucestershire’s councils have a target to recycle and compost at least 60% of our household waste by 2020. Although we’ve already come a long way, with recycling rates currently at just over 48%, there is still more to do."

Since an initial survey in these areas in 2011, people in these communities have been encouraged to recycle more to raise funds for local causes.

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