SHDC warn of "potential disruption" to waste collections due to staff self isolating

South Hams District Council are warning of "potential disruption" to recycling and waste collections due to "a number of drivers and crew" needing to self isolate. 

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SHDC released a statement today, Monday, 30 November, to say that "due to Covid-19 guidance, a number of drivers and crew have recently had to self isolate" and although replacement staff have been found, they will be unfamiliar with local routes, leading to a "potential for disruption to the collection of all types of waste". 

although replacement staff have been found, they will be unfamiliar with local routes, leading to a potential for disruption to the collection of all types of waste

FCC Environment (UK) Limited, a private company contracted by SHDC to carry out the collections, have "managed to secure enough additional temporary staff to keep as many scheduled collections happening as possible and these have been prioritised". 

The statement continued: "However, with so many replacement drivers in place who are unfamiliar with the locality, there is potential for disruption to the collection of all types of waste. There will be only a limited service available for the emptying of recycling banks and delivery of bins and sacks.

"When the issue came to light, individual workers potentially affected were identified swiftly and removed from collections immediately to safeguard the public and the rest of the workforce."

Councillor Keith Baldry, Lead Member for Environment, 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.”

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

SHDC are currently 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" and, if necessary, "residents may take their recycling to the recycling centres".  

Check SHDC's website (here) for the most updated information. 

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