Bin collections missed due to shortage of HGV drivers

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Cheshire East Council has confirmed that it is struggling to complete some bin collection rounds due to driver shortages and covid-related staff sickness.

Some local residents have raised concerns after their green bins were not emptied in recent weeks and despite being advised to leave their bin out for the next 5 working days for collection they remain un-emptied.

A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said: "Despite the many challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been able to sustain our waste collection services with minimal disruption to our residents.

"However, like many other local authorities across the country, we are currently facing a number of challenges which are placing increasing pressure on our ability to complete some collection rounds, and to return to collect bins that have been missed.

"This is due to the impact of a national shortage of HGV drivers and factors including covid-related staff sickness and self-isolation, and a large increase in the amount of waste produced by households during lockdown.

"Our teams are working extremely hard to maintain our full waste collection services and until the situation eases, disruption may continue. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused to residents.

"To try and reduce the impact on our residents, Ansa staff and colleagues from within other Ansa services are also being utilised, when available, to try and complete any outstanding work."

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David Carey
Tuesday 16th November 2021 at 2:10 pm
In the good old days if you had a problem you would be honest and put your hands up and admit a problem straight away and not wait for 2-3 weeks and then say 'we think we have a problem'.
Matthew Cheetham
Tuesday 16th November 2021 at 2:14 pm
Not having a green bin collection is a 1st world problem. What is poor is the lack of communication from Cheshire East council. Not for the first time, I’ve received an email after reporting a missed bin collection stating that the bin will collected within 5 working days. Why don’t they communicate when that’s not going to be the case? The bins just end up being left by the curb side for 14 days posing a potential obstruction.
David Blow
Tuesday 16th November 2021 at 4:46 pm
I agree with Matthew Cheetham but the real concern is that we are using these green bins for food waste and a monthly collection is not good enough. If we get a plague of rats on top of the Covid pandemic the NHS could be more than overwhelmed. It is an awkward time of year as all the green bins are full of fallen leaves and they are still dropping so there Is an increased risk of people slipping over and injuring themselves as we cannot clear the paths or gutters.
I hope the bin men make a quick recovery as they usually provide a very good service and deserve a thank you as much as the NHS. I suppose there is no chance of a silent electric bin truck for collections prior to 07.00 on a Friday morning.
John Moylan
Wednesday 17th November 2021 at 11:56 am
As with all bureaucrats, the problem is always someone else's fault. Never theirs.
They take credit when someone does something worthwhile, and blame others when things go wrong.
What they rarely do is solve problems.
Stephen Justice
Friday 19th November 2021 at 1:52 pm
Indeed Mr Moylan, but they do try - unlike social media commentators who simply criticise without offering any suggestions for resolving the challenges.
Alan Brough
Saturday 20th November 2021 at 6:42 am
We will soon require the service of gritter-lorries. The ramifications of a driver shortage will be far more serious.

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