NOTTINGHAM CITY COUNCIL WASTE SERVICES:
Residents Asked To Remain Patient With Continuing Disruption
Writing in the Nottingham Post on Wednesday 1 September 2021, Ellie Danemann reported that Covid-19, a national shortage of lorry drivers, and people spending more time at home are all continuing to have a detrimental impact on the city's waste services. Residents are asked to remain patient and do what they can do help bin crews.
'Triple whammy' of Covid, driver shortage and home working impacts Nottingham waste services
The City Council is asking residents to remain patient
People spending more time at home, Covid impacting bin crew members and a national shortage of lorry drivers are resulting in "triple whammy" of impacts on Nottingham waste services
Nottingham residents are being urged by the Nottingham City Council to remain patient and do what they can to help bin crews.
It says Nottingham's waste services are thinly stretched due to a combination of Covid and driver shortages.
The council is asking residents to prioritise general household and recycle as much waste as possible.
Garden waste and bulky waste will not always be collected on schedule, the City Council has kept these services running but if the situation worsens they will follow the Government-backed approach and suspend these collections.
The city council said it has been hit bu a "triple whammy" of people spending more time at home that generates more waste, Covid impacting bin crew members and a national shortage of lorry drivers with the right training and licenses.
Residents are being asked to continue to bear with the council’s crews as they do their best in difficult circumstances and to help by making use of the recycling centre in Lenton.
City Council Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Energy, Environment and Waste, Councillor Sally Longford, said: “We are doing our best to keep all our waste collection services going, in the face of an unprecedented combination of factors which councils around the country are struggling with.
“While there’s no quick fix for this nationwide problem, we will continue to do all we can to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum and would ask residents to bear with us if collections are missed.
"We are prioritising general household and recycled waste and so there may be occasions when garden waste isn’t collected, in which case we are asking people to take it back in and put it out the two weeks later, or take it to our recycling centre at Lenton.
“We are also suggesting people think about ways they can reduce waste, recycle and compost more and avoid adding garden waste to general household bins.
"Ultimately, if the level of drivers continues to decrease and the council is unable to backfill current vacancies, we may have to consider suspending garden and bulky waste services as other councils have done.”