A number of the drivers and crew collecting our rubbish and recycling have recently had to self-isolate. When the issue came to light, individual workers potentially affected were identified swiftly and taken off collections immediately to safeguard the public and the rest of the workforce.
The company which carries out the collections on behalf of SHDC, has managed to get enough additional temporary staff to keep as many scheduled collections as possible.There will be only a limited service available for the emptying of recycling banks and delivery of bins and sacks.
Keith Baldry, the Lead Member for Environment at SHDC said: “This is a big blow, just as we were getting back to normal after the round changes. However, teams are out on all waste rounds and will do their best to make sure as many collections as possible are made on the scheduled collection days. Please can I urge residents to bear with us at this time. We sincerely wish the collection crews the best of luck and if any do fall ill, a quick recovery.
At this moment, we are unable to take any reports of missed bins or sack collections. If any collections are missed, residents are advised to bring the bins or sacks back in until the next collection cycle. If necessary residents may take their recycling to the recycling centres. We will update our website with further information as it becomes available.”