The national shortage of drivers and a sharp rise in the number of recycling and waste staff in self-isolation because of COVID is affecting garden waste collections in Bath and North East Somerset.
It follows the announcement from neighbouring South Gloucestershire Council earlier today cancelling the rest of this week’s garden waste collections in order to focus on completing recycling collections.
Garden waste collections in some parts of B&NES have been missed this week and will be suspended completely tomorrow to ensure the environmental services team can prioritise the black bin and kerbside recycling routes.
B&NES Council says it is doing everything possible to reduce disruption to collections but has 10 members of staff either off sick or self-isolating after testing positive for the virus or being in close contact with someone who has.
Cllr David Wood, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Unfortunately, like many other authorities we have had to temporarily suspend some garden waste collections. Our teams are working incredibly hard to keep these services running, despite a national shortage of drivers and a rise in the number of staff having to self-isolate.
“This one-day suspension will help to reduce the disruption to the main services and allow us to get back on track more quickly. In the meantime, thank you for your patience and understanding in difficult circumstances.”
Earlier this month Bristol Waste suspended its garden waste collection for 10 weeks because the national driver shortage and continued impacts of COVID-19 meant significantly fewer drivers than usual.
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