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Catch-up waste collections on Saturday 26 June

25 June 2021
Waste crews will be carrying out recycling and garden waste collections tomorrow (Saturday 26 June) as the council catches up on collections missed this week.
The council is asking residents who did not have their blue bin collected this week and anyone who was due to have their brown bin collected as part of week 2 collections to leave their bins out for collection tomorrow.

Strike action suspended following positive talks

21 May 2021
Thurrock Council is pleased to announce that strike action in the waste service has been suspended while positive negotiations are ongoing with the trade union, Unite.
This is a significant step forward in the discussions with 3 trade unions and is particularly good news for residents, who rightly value the regular waste collection service they receive.

Council outraged that Unite has further extended strike action

13 May 2021
Thurrock Council is deeply disappointed that trade union, Unite has, once again, chosen to further extend strike action despite the ongoing consultation and ACAS conciliation, and without proposing any solutions to resolve the dispute
The extended action means that no household waste collections will take place while union members are striking up to and including 18 June 2021.

Number of waste drop-off sites increased across the borough

11 May 2021
Additional temporary waste drop-off sites have been created this week to give residents more opportunities to dispose of household waste not collected because of Unite trade union strike action.
Two new sites in Belhus and Blackshots opened today (Tuesday 11 May), with plans for another new site in Orsett also being made. These are in addition to the 5 temporary sites which have been operational for the last 3 weeks. The new sites are:

Council disappointed extended strike by Unite will impact all household waste collections

7 May 2021
Thurrock Council is disappointed that Unite, the trade union, has confirmed plans to extend its strike action – meaning that no household waste collections are expected to take place between Monday 10 May and Friday 28 May.
The extended action will cover the entire working day, meaning striking waste collection crews will not work at all on any weekday during that period, preventing household waste collections from taking place. In previous weeks, striking crews have collected waste between 6am and 9am. This will cease from Monday.

Refuse collections will take place on bank holiday Monday

29 April 2021
Refuse collections will take place on bank holiday Monday (3 May) as waste crews will be working a full day collecting green/grey bins.
The industrial action in which members of the trade union, Unite are currently taking part does not include the bank holiday. This means a full refuse collection will take place that day.

Thurrock Council deeply disappointed at strike extension plans

23 April 2021
Thurrock Council is extremely disappointed that Unite, the trade union, plans to extend strike action by a further 3 weeks from Monday 10 May.
The council has been informed that this extension to strike action, which was expected to end on Friday 7 May, will see all out action covering the 3 week period by Unite members causing further unnecessary and costly disruption to waste collection services and residents across the borough.

Council works to minimise refuse disruption as Unite the Union strike action continues

19 April 2021
Despite strike action beginning on Tuesday 13 April, the majority of household refuse waste collections were made across the borough last week and plans are in place to continue collections this week with any missed roads rolling over to the following day.
Unite the Union members have now entered the second week of disruptive strike action starting at 9am every working day until Friday 7 May. This means they will be working less than half of their normal collection day, which starts at 6am.

Household waste drop off points set up in Thurrock amid strike action

16 April 2021
Temporary household waste drop-off points will be made available across Thurrock for residents to dispose of any waste not collected during the strike action.
This is part of the council’s plans to mitigate the impact on residents of current strike action affecting the waste collection service, should they wish to do so.