Garden waste bin collections temporarily suspended

Published Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Garden waste collections in Coventry are to be suspended for the next two weeks as a result of rising numbers of bin crews told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

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Garden waste collections in Coventry are to be suspended for the next two weeks as a result of rising numbers of bin crews told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace.

The increase has been due to contacts employees have had with a positive case outside of work and there is no COVID-19 outbreak in the service.

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

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, Director, Streetscene and Regulatory Services at Coventry City Council, 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 today means that it has not been possible to deploy a full collection service today.

“Given the levels of rising Covid-19 infections in the country and city, the levels of employees being told to self-isolate could even increase over the next two weeks.

“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 13 July) 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.

Coventry City Council