RECYCLING collections will resume across Alcester and Studley today (Monday, August 2) after eight days without a collection.

The delay was caused by a fire at the Pure Recycling facility in Ettington on July 19 but now Stratford-on-Avon District Council have made alternate arrangements to resume normal collections.

Additional crews are to be deployed to catch up with collections, but may not be at the usual time.

Cllr Daren Pemberton, deputy leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council said: "SDC officers have been working intensely behind the scenes with our contractor, Biffa who deliver the waste service, to ensure right alternative disposal arrangements are put in place.

"The easy option would have been merely to collect recyclable material and send it to either landfill or for incineration.

"Neither of these options would have allowed for recycling of waste, which we know is really important to our residents who want to play their part in living sustainably and addressing climate change.

"For that reason it was and is important for us to get the right disposal method in place even though that meant a slightly longer suspension of the service.

"We recognise the inconvenience and thank residents again for their understanding. We will be collecting extra recycling on the next set of rounds.

"We also remember and be thankful that the fire was contained and expertly dealt with by Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service and that no one was hurt in the fire."

Residents are asked to present their bins on their normal recycling collection day at 6am and any extra can be placed beside the bin in cardboard boxes, rigid containers or in clear plastic bags.

Cllr Pemberton added: "We know that when collections start there will be extra recycling collected, which means the trucks will fill up quicker, so catch-up collections have been factored in and collections may not take place at your usual time.

"Please present your bin on your normal collection day and if crews don't manage to collect it, please keep it out and they will get to it as soon as they can.

"This may be one or two days later. Please do not report these as missed bins.

"Residents may see different vehicles collecting the recycling, but please be reassured that all the material collected will be recycled."