GARBAGE bin collection has been suspended in The Hills and Blacktown council areas and most other council areas across Australia.
Waste management contractors Cleanaway have voluntarily grounded their entire 2800-vehicle fleet nationwide following an accident in which two people died in South Australia.
Inspections will be carried out on every Cleanaway vehicle to ensure that safety standards are met.
Blacktown Council has confirmed that the collection of recycling bins (yellow lid bins) will be interrupted in the Blacktown today, Thursday and Friday
''We ask residents to leave recycling bins out for collection until the bin is emptied,'' a spokeswoman said.
''If your recycling was due to be collected this morning – or later this week – make sure it stays out on the kerb.
"We are working closely with Cleanaway to minimise the impact on residents and to ensure normal recycling collection services return as soon as possible.
"Cleanaway is voluntarily reviewing the roadworthiness of its vehicles.
"While delays to our recycling service are inconvenient, safety is the priority."
Blacktown City residents should call 9839 6000 if they have any queries.
The Hills Council’s general manager Dave Walker said residents should keep their rubbish bins out until they have been collected.
"Cleanaway have pledged to collect the rubbish as soon as they can, and that could be on Saturday or Sunday," he said, noting red-lid garbage bins will be collected as a priority, followed by the yellow recycling bin and green organic bin.
The delays will also affect council clean-up collections.