Message from Swindon Borough Council- Fortnightly Recycling Collection to Resume

Fortnightly recycling box collections will restart in Swindon from next week (16 Aug) after a brief period of disruption.

Last month, Swindon Borough Council had to take the difficult decision to change the frequency of its recycling box collection service due to staff shortages caused by a number of factors including people needing to self-isolate and a national lack of qualified HGV drivers.

Those households who were due to receive their revised recycling collection this week (w/c 9 August), will have their waste collected as planned. 

Fortnightly recycling box collections will then resume from 16 August and residents will return to their regular collection schedule. Residents can remind themselves of their usual collection days by typing their address into the collections calendar on the Council’s website at: www.swindon.gov.uk/rubbishcollectiondays

The Council is expecting to see a significant amount of additional recycling presented when the standard service returns and this could result in pressure on the collections service provided.

Residents are asked for their patience and understanding while the Council gets the standard service back up and running.

To help households clear any backlog of recycling they may have acquired during the temporary changes to collections, the crews will be collecting additional recycling over the next few weeks, providing it is sorted correctly and presented in sturdy containers. For example:

  • Large plastic storage tubs
  • Cardboard boxes (for paper and card only)
  • Large buckets
  • Bags - as long as materials are separated (e.g. glass in one bag and metal in another bag). Bags should not be too heavy or overfilled.

Any residents who do not have space in their recycling boxes or sturdy containers for any additional cardboard, should break it down into manageable pieces and tie it up – then place it neatly next to their recycling boxes ready for collection.

Recycling can also be taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Cheney Manor. Residents can book a slot at www.swindon.gov.uk/hwrc or by calling Customer Services.

A420 and Thornhill Road 

Night works will be carried out on Thornhill Road and the eastbound and westbound carriageway of A420 in conjunction with the Gablecross Improvements Scheme. The programmed work will be to carry out road trenches across the carriageway.
The scheduled works are:


Thornhill Road
Tuesday 10th to Friday 13th August 2021
19:00 to 06:00
Temporary traffic lights in place to manage traffic for a road crossing works.


A420 East and westbound carriageway just west of Gablecross roundabout.
Saturday 11th to Sunday 14th August 2021
07:30 to 00.00 Sunday
Temp lights in place to manage traffic for a road crossing works.

New Eastern Villages- White Hart Junction Improvement

From Monday 16th August 2021 for approximately 12 weeks, White Hart Roundabout will be closed.

For full details of routes affected and the signed diversions, please visit  https://www.swindon.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/7568/white_hart_junction_traffic_management_plan.pdf

 

Important message from Swindon Borough Council regarding Waste & Recycling Collections

Due to a surge in staff shortages because of the continued impacts of COVID-19 and current staff sickness, alongside a national shortage of HGV drivers, we’re currently unable to provide our standard recycling service.

From today (19 July) all households across the Borough will move to a temporary four weekly recycling box collection (paper, cardboard, tins, glass). All other waste collections remain unchanged.

Due to the complicated nature of the collection rounds, please read the below information carefully.

If your recycling collection is due this week (week commencing 19 July), you should put your recycling boxes out as normal. If your recycling is collected, your next collection will take place in four weeks’ time (week commencing 16 August). If your recycling is not collected within 24 hours, please bring it in and put it back out on your next collection day in two weeks’ time (week commencing 2 August).

If your recycling collection is due next week (week commencing 26 July), you should put your recycling boxes out as normal next week. If your recycling is collected, your next collection will take place in four weeks’ time (week commencing 23 August). If your recycling is not collected within 24 hours, please bring it in and put it back out on your next collection day (week commencing 9 August).

We will keep this under regular review and will return to our normal service as soon as possible. We’ll let you know as soon as anything changes and our website is currently being updated with further advice.

During this period the recycling crews will be collecting additional recycling, providing it is presented in sturdy containers. Excess cardboard must be broken down into manageable pieces and bundled neatly next to recycling boxes ready for collection.

Please note these changes don’t affect black wheelie bin, blue bag, plastic recycling, food waste, garden waste or clinical waste collections. If you receive any of these services, these will continue as normal.

Thank you for your understanding and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please share this message with friends, family and neighbours in Swindon Borough, as well as those you know don’t have internet access.

 

Overnight closures 23 July 2021 until 7th September 2021

There will overnight closures affecting parts of Junction 15. The junction will be open as usual during the day and at weekends.

13 July to 10 August - 8pm to 6 am Monday to Friday

The east side of the junction 15 roundabout will be closed and there will be no access onto the roundabout from the A419 southbound. The M4 westbound exit-slip and the eastbound entry-slip will also be closed.

11 August to 7 September - 8pm to 6 am Monday to Friday

The west side of the junction 15 roundabout will be closed and there will be no access onto the roundabout from the A346 northbound or off the roundabout to the A419 northbound. The M4 eastbound exit-slip and the westbound entry-slip will also be closed.