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UPDATE: Sunderland refuse and recycling collections

Bins in snow

5:45pm 2nd March 2018
(Updated 3:29pm 4th March 2018)

Councillor Micahel Mordey, Portfolio Holder for City Services, Sunderland City Council has made the following statement: "

Statement from Councillor Michael Mordey, Portfolio Holder for City Services, Sunderland City Council.

"A number of residents have queried why the Council have been unable to arrange catch up collections for missed refuse and recycling collections from last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  I would like to clarify the Council’s position for residents.

The decision was not based on cost; it was based primarily on the current weather condition and the forecasts for the weekend.

The forecast for the weekend is for more snow showers mixed with sleet and freezing temperatures.  The Met Office have issued a yellow ice warning.  This means frontline staff are needed on winter duties.  Again, keeping the City moving by clearing roads and footpaths.

Due to the severity of the snow over the last week, the priority for the Council has been on keeping major A roads open.  Moving onto B roads where there was capacity.  

This has meant that the vast majority of residential streets and back-lanes have not been treated at all - leaving many like ice rinks.

This means it is still near impossible to get a refuse wagon down many back-lanes or into streets safely to service bins.  The council must take into consideration the safety of the crews and of the general public.

The weather is not likely to improve dramatically until early next week.

Collections are due to start “as normal” again on Tuesday.  Meaning if the Council wanted to catch up on the collections missed last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; whilst also servicing the bins due for collection on their normal day from Tuesday  - we would require twice the number of staff and twice the number of wagons, which we don’t have - it is operationally impossible.

I would like to reiterate that those properties that did miss a green bin collection, the council WILL take any extra bags you have on your next scheduled green bin collection day.  If any resident would like to get rid of excess rubbish before their next collection they can take it to the Household Waste and Recycling Centres at Beech Street, Deptford and/or Campground, Washington.

I would personally like to apologise, to the parts of the City that have been affected.   The Council looked at all ways we could have caught-up over the weekend but have been prevented from doing so because of the the underlying icy conditions in many residential areas and the poor weekend weather forecast.

I would also like to personally thank everyone for their understanding in the circumstances - this decision was not taken lightly and people’s understanding is really appreciated."


Sunderland City Council have released a statement on the return of the bin and recycling collections.

The adverse weather conditions has meant collections were missed this week.

Below is the statement sent from the council on Friday afternoon:


Refuse and recycling collections have been severely disrupted by extreme weather conditions this week and, unless the forecast changes significantly, will start again next week (w/c 5 March)

Unfortunately due to the amount of missed collections, we will not be able to return to collect missed bins.

If your bin has been missed, please take it back onto your property and put it out on your next scheduled collection day for that type of waste.

Please remember that next week is the first week of new collection days for a number of households. You will have received a letter about these changes. If your day is changing, please double check your calendar to make sure your bin is out on the correct day.

You can also view the calendars at
For those properties which missed their normal collection this week due to the snow, on your next household waste (green bin) collection day ONLY, additional bags will be accepted.

Following that, we will only collect waste contained inside your green bin.

If you have excess recyclable materials, please squash or fold them down to fit the maximum amount into your bin. If there’s still too much, we’d advise keeping it until your next collection or taking to the Household Waste and Recycling Centres, which are open every day. .

Please accept both our apologies for any inconvenience caused and thanks for your understanding and anticipated cooperation in this matter.


For full information on the council’s waste and recycling services, please visit


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