29th Sep, 2021

Coventry City Council suspends garden waste collections amidst rise in staff self-isolating after Covid contact

COVENTRY City Council has suspended its garden waste collections for the next two weeks because of the rising numbers of crews having to self-isolate.

The increase in the number who have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace is down to contacts employees have had with a positive case outside of work and the authority has said there is no Covid-19 outbreak in the service.

Positive cases are rising across the country and city and the need for increasing numbers of staff to self-isolate has led to the decision to suspend green waste collections.

It is hoped the move will ensure that all residential and recycling rounds – green and blue-lidded bins – will be completed in full as normal. Similar decisions are being taken by councils across the country faced with a similar position.

Andrew Walster, Coventry City Council’s director of street scene and regulatory services, said: “Over the last 24 hours a significant number of our waste collection crews have received notification from the NHS test and trace service to self-isolate.

“The increased level of staff unavailable means that it has not been possible to deploy a full collection service today.

“In order to protect the delivery of residual waste and recycling collections, we have decided to suspend garden waste collections as of tomorrow morning for the remainder of this week and next week.

“These are exceptional circumstances and I’d like to thank residents for their patience.”

Any outstanding recycling or garden waste collections from today (Tuesday) will be picked up during the week. However, as of tomorrow morning, garden waste bins should not be presented until their next scheduled collection day.

In addition, there remains plenty of availability at the London Road tip this and next week should residents urgently need to dispose of excess garden waste.

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