WREXHAM'S waste and recycling services have been praised for their hard work throughout Covid-19.

Wrexham Council state that despite it being a challenging year for everyone, over the past months they have had to rely on some 'great' people to help them work through a very difficult situation.

A spokesperson for the council, said: "Our waste and recycling services have had to adapt due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation and it hasn’t been easy for the collection crews.

"A lot has been asked of them, but they’ve continued to work hard to provide your weekly service with as little disruption as possible.

"Recycle Week 2020 is the perfect time for us to say thanks to the collection crews for their hard work this year."

Cllr David Bithell, deputy leader of the council and lead member for environment and transport, added: "The collection crews have worked extremely hard this year and we want to thank them tremendously for their efforts.

"It’s not the most glamorous job in the world, and at a time when everything else seemed to be shutting down, they had to keep going and adapt to the ever-changing situation.

"We asked a lot of them and they responded terrifically so that there were minimal disruptions to the collection services, at a time when people needed them more than ever."

The council expressed that the job is far from glamorous and does not always come with a lot of praise either.

However, they have confirmed that this has not been the case in more recent times.

From March, residents took to social media to praise the collection crews and posted a number of kind messages, which did not go unnoticed, and gave a great boost to their morale when they needed it.

Cllr Bithell said: "At the most challenging time the public were fantastic and showed a lot of support, which was really appreciated.

"The social media messages were great to read and the overall positivity was a big help.

"People also recognised that we needed to look after the safety of the crews, and doing things such as disinfecting their bin handles was – and continues – to be really helpful."

The council state that the best way residents can say their thanks to their crews is by doing what they can to help keep them safe.

The operatives need to be able to pick up recycling containers and empty them straight into the correct vehicle compartment and without touching any of the recyclables due to safety reasons.

The council have asked residents not to leave any loose recyclables as workers are not allowed to touch them, and if recycling boxes or bags get full, they can leave the extra recyclables in separated solid containers next to their other recycling on their collection day.

The council will recycle the materials and leave behind the extra containers for residents to use again.