I’ve been shortlisted for an award!


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Last week was really full of ups and downs, but it all ended on a high!

The snow has all melted now, but it was a real pest for lots of people across Colchester. I’m lucky enough to travel to work by foot, so I made it in every day after a slow and careful walk, but travelling by road in the heavy snow showers was a little bit risky even with the County Council’s gritters out.

I’ve been answering lots of questions about the collection changes resulting from the severe weather and people have been really understanding – thank you all for your patience!

If you haven’t heard, collections had to be suspended from Wednesday 28 February to Friday 2 March. It just wasn’t safe for our residents or staff to send big trucks out onto the icy streets with staff pulling heavy bins around them.

The Council is prioritising the missed black (general waste) bins and bags because they’re the most urgent collection. If this week (beginning 5 March) is your Blue Week, there are no changes, but if it’s your Green Week, please put your black bin/bags out alongside your food waste, paper, plastic and textile recycling bags. Garden waste isn’t being collected this week because we’re concentrating on getting all the general waste first.

It’s a bit of a pain, but as one lady said to me – at least everyone is safe. If you have a question about the missed collection, there is more information and an FAQ on the Council’s website, or you are welcome to comment with your query and I’ll do my best to help.

After all the weather-based kerfuffle, the week ended with a little bit of very good news. This site has been shortlisted for ‘Best Blog’ in the Essex Digital Awards! I can’t believe it! I’m delighted that the judges think my blog is good enough to be listed. The winners will be announced on 3 May in a special ceremony, so fingers crossed!

Not to launch into an Oscars acceptance speech (it’s only a shortlisting, after all), but I would genuinely like to thank all of you for reading, asking questions and hopefully finding some of my tips and advice helpful.

To be an awards finalist is brilliant, but what I’d really like to do is make some difference to recycling in Colchester – to make it a bit easier for people to fit recycling into their lives and to have a positive effect on how we look after our beautiful environment.
So really, this post is a big thank you – to the Essex Digital Awards for shortlisting me and to all of you for your patience, effort and willingness to help cut down on how much we waste.