Bin collections likely to be missed as ‘extreme heat’ puts waste trucks out of action – and locals clear beach rubbish mountain


Household bins due for collection today (July 26) are likely to be missed due to Thanet council waste vehicles being out of action.

The authority says the heat has caused problems with some of the vehicles and households that do not have their bins emptied will need to wait until next week.

A statement on the council’s social media site says: “The extreme temperatures have had an adverse effect on some of our waste collection vehicles and as a result they have temporarily been taken out of service. Unfortunately, this means that if your collection day is usually a Friday you may be impacted. Our crews have been working as hard as they can using the available vehicles but some roads may be missed today.

“Please can we ask anyone who was due a recycling collection today to take the containers back in and put them out on the date of your next scheduled collection. If you have additional recycling, provided it is in a suitable container e.g. a box or reusable bag, not plastic sacks, it will be collected.

“The priority will be for roads with waste i.e. black bins and seagull proof bags to receive a collection as soon as resources allow. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Pitching in

Photo Max Scott

Huge amounts of waste left on isle beaches during the hot weather have been cleared by council staff and by young volunteers.

At Margate today council workers tackled a huge pile pf debris left by sun seekers.

And on Wednesday young Betsy Skinner collected a massive 19 bags of litter from the sands.

The youngster is raising cash for her school towards the completion of an outdoor learning space. She has a £500 target and has already raised £200.

She aims to collect at least 50 bags of rubbish over the summer.

Last year the youngster set herself a summer challenge of running, walking and cycling 50k to raise money forthe school and topped her £500 target.

Find her fundraising page here


  1. As a Labour voter, I would love to blame the Tory Council and their privatised services for this problem. But, in this heat, I am surprised anything gets done at all. The bin workers deserve all the money they get–and more. It must be awful,even dangerous, for them to work in these conditions.

  2. Why would TDC dream up an excuse? If the bin lorries and crews are ok, why would they not send them out? On the other hand, if the heat is causing problems, then that’s a fact.
    However, I do think it’s a bit much to expect people to wait two weeks to get their rubbish collected.

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