A significant amount of waste operatives working for contractors Suez have tested positive for Covid-19 and other staff members have been forced to self-isolate as a routine course of action.
Cllr Chris McGuinness, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “The safety of the public and staff members must take priority.
“It is balancing act to safeguard everyone’s safety against the risks of Covid-19 and make sure the bins are collected. However, as we have fewer staff members, this will mean that black and blue (recycling) bin collections will be prioritised.
“Please remember to observe the ‘HANDS – FACE – SPACE’ guidance. You can do this by cleaning your hands before and after handling your bin.
“We hope that the staff members affected make a full and speedy recovery.”
For residents whose green bin is due to be collected by the end of this week, please put your green bin at the kerbside according to the bin calendar schedule and we will pick it up as soon as possible.