Bin collections to start at 6am

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Bin wagons will be rumbling along Scarborough’s streets from as early as 6am as new cost saving collection times come in to force.

The revised timetable will also see rubbish and recycling collections continuing until around 10pm at night.

The move by Scarborough Council sees an extension of collection times as wagons will be used in two shifts to reduce the overall fleet by three vehicles - saving nearly £140,000 a year.

For a number of months the council, in conjunction with relevant trade unions, has carried out consultation with the staff involved to seek their agreement and support.

No jobs losses will result from changes, which are being implemented as the council seeks to make savings of £500.000 in its Environmental Services department.

Andy Skelton, head of environmental services said: “Under the changes the existing refuse and recycling collections will start an hour earlier, enabling garden waste collections to be completed later in the day using the same vehicles.

“By extending the hours of operation we can reduce the number of vehicles required, thereby reducing our costs significantly. Residents will see no change to their actual day of collection.

“Our commitment remains to protect the high quality frontline service we deliver and which our residents value and deserve. I would like to thank residents for their support over the years and for their commitment to keep on recycling.”

From the week commencing October 1 the council is asking residents to put their waste and recycling out for collection by 6am or the night before. All residents will receive a letter detailing the changes.

The Environmental Services department says it is looking at other areas to deliver the remainder of the cost savings.