BIN crews in Stockton have completed every single round since the freezing weather hit a month ago - and they will go ahead with collections during Christmas week as planned.
Despite temperatures falling as low as -13oC at times, the Stockton Council refuse and recycling collectors have worked their way through collections from more than 80,000 households across the Borough without missing a bin.
And the crews will be out again as normal next week, collecting all waste and recycling on the normal days throughout the Borough.
Councillor Jennie Beaumont, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: "Like so many Council workers, the response of the refuse and recycling teams to the Arctic conditions has been particularly marvellous over the past few weeks.
"They didn't miss a single bin during last winter's cold spell and they've missed none so far this winter. It's a record they are all very proud of and one they are dedicated to keeping going.
"And let's not forget our gritting crews, who are out day and night - as they expect to be on Christmas Day and throughout the festive period.
"They all deserve our thanks for keeping going despite the appalling weather.
"I'd also like to remind residents they can recycle all their paper, cans, bottles, plastic and cardboard from their Christmas celebrations."
Stockton's binmen have a particularly proud record of collection success - in the last full year (2009-10) they collected 4,200,000 bins on time and missed just 20.