New bin collection changes put on ice: this what Wakefield Express Facebook users had to say

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Readers have given their reaction to news that changes to bin collections – due to start this month – have been postponed because a ‘vital’ piece of equipment is stuck in a frozen Canadian river.

Express Facebook users logged on to leave their comments after Wakefield Council halted the changes which were due to start on Monday with the rubbish being taken to the district’s new £750m recycling plant.

Jane Adlington said: “Why didn’t they wait to send out letters once they had received the vital parts of the recycling equipment?”

Donna Chambley said: “Not our problem. What’s in my bin stays there because I’m not sorting it out.”

Wayne Warrington said: “The cost for sending out the thousands of letters and the second letters telling us to ignore the first goes to...... you guessed it the council taxpayers. Just keep putting it up we can afford it - not.”

Marie Bird said: “Mine are staying put - I’m not sorting it either.”

Sarah Wilson said: “Mine is getting put in together - I’m only doing as told, no one has told me anything different.”

Lee Crowcroft said: “My card and bottles are in same bin I’m not sorting it back again.”

Kay Mitchell said: “If they want to come and take my mixed things out they can.”

Lauren Mateer said: “I’m not sorting my bin out all my plastic and cardboard is in one bin and if they don’t take it then they don’t take it not much I can do when I’ve already got rid of my box.”

Nancy Foster said: “Maybe it would have been a better idea to wait until the equipment had arrived before sending out the letters.”

Michael Lucas said: “So all that money wasted on sending letters to late have filled the bin up.”

Sue Skilbeck said: “So do they waste more money sending more letters and stickers out? I wonder how much our council tax will go up now to cover the cost. Surely they knew there was problem a week ago before they wasted all that money and no I don’t want my green broken box thank you.”

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 them of the changes and continue with their normal bin routine.

She added there would 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.”