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17 AUG

Brown bin collections suspended for second time

By timesecholife on in All News, Uttoxeter news

GARDEN waste collections are to be suspended again as the national shortage of HGV drivers continues. East Staffordshire Borough Council (ESBC) has issued an announcement suspending collections of garden waste next week.

And the council has warned further disruptions to the service could be possible.

It will be the second time ESBC has been forced to suspend brown bin collections this summer.

The council has been reallocating resources to help maintain services but on-going pressures will see garden waste collections suspended from Monday 23 August through to Friday 27 August.

A previous three-day suspension of garden waste was ordered by ESBC on July 29, 30 and August 1.

Cllr Ray Faulkner, Deputy Leader for Environment and Housing, said: “Like many other local authorities, we are continuing to battle against the pressures arising from the national shortage of HGV drivers.

“We are deploying all available resources but, unfortunately, have to announce a further disruption to our garden waste service.

“Once again, this decision has not been taken lightly and we are doing everything we can to keep our resources at the required level.

“We are ensuring our statutory responsibility to provide both residual (grey bin) and recycling (blue bin) collections are maintained.”

The council has apologised to residents for any inconvenience caused by the suspension.

Many local authorities have struggled to ensure bin collections in recent weeks, with neighbouring authority Derbyshire Dales District Council being forced to ask the Army for help after contractor SERCO missed thousands of pick-ups earlier in the summer.

The council says it is monitoring resources on a daily basis and cannot rule out further disruption.

Staffordshire County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres remain open and will accept garden waste. Further details may be found at Recycling centres (tips) https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Waste-and-recycling/recyclingcentres/RecyclingCentres-overview.aspx

Residents are being advised to regularly check ESBC’s website and to follow the council on social media to ensure they receive the latest information.

The council also has information online about reducing the amount of waste that needs to be dealt with by kerbside collections.

Information about home composting can be found at http://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/bins-rubbish-recycling/composting

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