COVENTRY City Council has made changes to the drop-off waste sites brought in during the bin lorry driver strike.
The decision – which comes into effect today – comes amidst the fortnightly green-lidded bin collections being carried out by teams from Tom White waste.
The drop-off sites in War Memorial Park, Hearsall Common, Willenhall Social Club and Aldermans Green Road will become dual sites on Monday, February 21, where people can take their recycling to alongside household waste.
Recycling can be transported in bags, but bags will need to be emptied on site into the recycling bins.
Recycling can be taken to all other drop sites, but it currently goes to the waste to energy plant where it is converted to heat energy.
One drop site will be altering its opening times. The site off Aldermans Green Road will be opening from 9.30am to 4.30pm from February 28.
The drop sites have proved popular, with over 360,000 visitors since they opened on December 29.
A Coventry City Council spokesperson said: “We want to thank all those who have helped friends, family or neighbours who may not have access to a car over the past month to dispose of their waste.”
Visit www.coventry.gov.uk/dropsites for more on the drop-off sites and www.coventry.gov.uk/bindays for more on the collection schedule – users type in their street and click on it, then click the button which says ‘Find out which bin will be collected when’ to see their schedule.
The Unite union and Coventry City Council still have not resolved the dispute which began in December. The union has criticised the council for using Tom White Waste – a firm it owns.
Unite claims it is paying the agency workers more than its own bin lorry drivers.
In response Coventry City Council leader George Duggins said an offer was made over pay and Christmas working – to the tune of £4,000 per worker. He added ACAS – which has been brought into the dispute in a bid to help resolve it – had not yet made its decision and when it did the council would abide by it.