Recycling imageDue to a surge in staff shortages because of heightened COVID-19 cases in our Waste and Recycling team and general staff sickness, we have made the difficult decision to suspend recycling box collections only on the following days:

  • Tomorrow (1 February)
  • Wednesday, 2 February
  • Thursday, 3 February
  • Friday, 4 February

If you are due to receive your recycling box collection on any of the dates above, you will need to store your recycling until your next collection day. If your recycling boxes are already full, you can use sturdy containers from around your home to put any additional recycling out on your next collection day.

Please note these changes will not affect black wheelie bin, plastic recycling, food waste, garden waste or clinical waste collections. If you receive any of these services, these will continue as normal.

For the remainder of this week, while recycling box collections are suspended, the recycling crews will be collecting any waste and recycling that has been missed since Thursday last week (27 January). If this applies to you, please leave your waste and recycling outside your property until it is collected.

Councillor Kevin Parry, Cabinet Member for Service Delivery, Waste and Transport, said: “I am really sorry that we are having to suspend recycling box collections for some households in the Borough this week.

“This was a really difficult decision and not one that we have taken lightly, but it will allow us to catch-up on any collections that have been missed since last Thursday (27 January) and get us back on an even keel, while also allowing us to prioritise the collection of perishable waste.

“Throughout the pandemic we have, for the most part, been able to continue providing our recycling services uninterrupted. However, with the rise in coronavirus cases across the Borough, a number of our staff are unfortunately having to self-isolate with COVID-19.

“This continues to be a live situation and we will share any further updates as and when we have them. Please keep checking the Council’s Facebook page and webpages for the latest information.”

Don’t forget that if you have large amounts of waste and recycling that you want to dispose of, you can book a slot at the Household Waste Recycling Centre on our website.