‘Staffing issues’ see Exeter garden waste collections suspended for a fortnight

Garden waste collections in Exeter have been temporarily suspended as a result of the current HGV driver shortage caused by Covid-19 and self-isolation rules.

Customers will have their hire period extended to make up for the suspension.

Collections of brown bins will stop from Wednesday, August 4, and last eight working days.

Exeter City Council says that, at the moment, the plan is to resume collections again on Monday, August 16.

The authority added it is currently ‘experiencing staffing issues’ within its garden waste teams as a result of the issue affecting councils and services up and down the country.

Councillor David Harvey, lead for city management, said: “We are prioritising household and recycling collections.

“We have done everything possible to avoid disruption to the garden waste collection rounds. Unfortunately it is now unavoidable due to staffing levels.

“All our brown bin customers will have their hire period extended and we will look to restart collections during the week commencing August 16.

“I would like to apologise to everyone affected for the inconvenience.”

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