Sussex Storm: Residents urged not to put bins out for collection

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Residents across East Sussex are being asked not to put their bins out for collection today (Monday October 28) because of strong winds.

Wheeled bin collections across all five districts and boroughs have been suspended for the day, with winds of 60 to 80mph - or even higher in coastal areas - battering the county.

Geoff Mee, East Sussex County Council assistant director for environment, said: “With such high winds expected, having large numbers of bins out on the street poses a real safety risk.

“Attempting to empty bins in winds of up to 80mph is dangerous for refuse collectors and for the wider public, and there’s also the danger to road safety and the environment that would come from having rubbish blowing around the streets.

“We’d urge everyone to ensure their bin, along with any other rubbish or recycling containers, is safely stowed away. Local district and borough councils will publicise revised bin collection arrangements in due course.”

The county council is continuing to monitor the weather forecasts and is in regular contact with borough and district councils and the emergency services to ensure a co-ordinated response to any weather-related problems.

The latest forecast indicates the winds will be at their strongest between midnight and midday on Monday.

Updates on any disruption in East Sussex are being posted online at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/alerts while highways updates can also be found on Twitter @esccroads

Anyone who spots fallen trees in the road or localised flooding is asked to report it to the county council’s contact centre by calling 0345 6080193.