Wakefield bin plan on ice as hitch stalls new £750m plant

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WAKEFIELD Council has postponed new bin collections due to start this month because a ‘vital’ piece of recycling equipment is stuck in a frozen Canadian river.

Waste collection changes were due to begin on March 16 with the rubbish being taken to the district’s new £750m recycling plant.

But sub-zero temperatures in Canada have caused the River Hudson to freeze over leaving hundred of boats stranded and the vital pieces of kit for the new South Kirkby waste plant stuck.

Now the council has suspended the planned changes to bin collections for a third of homes.

A council spokeswoman said people should ignore the letters sent out telling people of the changes and continue with their normal bin routine.

There will be no changes to collection days or the current system of three wheelie bins and a recycling box until the summer.

Peter Eglinton, managing director of Shanks Waste Management, which operates the new plant, said: “We apologise for any inconvenience or confusion this has caused.

“We are working with the council and our suppliers to get the required equipment delivered as soon as possible so we can start making more from the waste produced by the district.”

Coun Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “We are really sorry that we are having to ask people to disregard letters which have already been sent out, but this is due to factors beyond our control.”

Coun Cummings added: “Vital equipment for the new recycling facility in South Kirkby has been stranded in the frozen Hudson River where conditions have been exceptionally icy in recent weeks.