Coronavirus crisis: ‘Significant’ staff shortages see green waste collections suspended in East Devon

Green waste collections have been suspended in East Devon due to the coronavirus outbreak causing ‘significant staff shortages’ in recycling and waste collection crews.  

District council chiefs say they will also not currently take any new subscriptions for the paid-for extra service.

Existing customers of the £48-a-year fortnightly pick-ups will have the suspension period added to their subscriptions

Collections of bulky household items have also been put on hold by the authority.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) says its rubbish collections are currently continuing as normal.

One round of recycling and food caddy collections was not deployed in the Sidmouth area today (Tuesday, March 24).

Residents have been advised to leave their containers out for tomorrow (Wednesday).

An EDDC spokesperson said of the green waste collection suspension: “The coronavirus outbreak has led to significant staff shortages in our recycling and waste collection crews.

“Due to these staff shortages we regret to advise that we have to suspend green waste collections until further notice.

“We are not currently taking new subscriptions for the service.

“If you are due to renew an existing subscription we encourage you to do so and we will add the suspension period to the end of your subscription once we are able to resume your collections.

“We apologise for the inconvenience.”

Households affected by coronavirus are being urged to carefully handle waste materials before they are collected to prevent the further spread of the virus.

Residents are being asked to ensure:

  • All contaminated items you produce, including tissues, cleaning cloths and wipes and masks need to be put into a plastic bag. Tie the top of the bag to prevent escape of the material;
  • Put the bag inside another bin liner and tie the top of the bag;
  • Keep the bagged waste for a period of 72 hours in a place that cannot be accessed by other people or pets;
  • Put the bag in your wheeled waste bin (or gull sack if you use one) for safe collection by our crew. The bagged waste must be contained in your wheeled bin and the bin put out in your normal collection point. Do not put the bag on the kerb-side where people could have contact with it;
  • If you have an assisted collection, bag the waste as described above, and put it out in your usual assisted collection point in your wheeled bin or gull sack.

EDDC has warned it may have to restrict the number and type of collections it is able to make each day.

Update and more information on waste and recycling services in East Devon is available here.

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