District council ‘sorry’ as staff shortages disrupt recycling and rubbish collections in East Devon

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has apologised to residents over disruptions to recycling and rubbish collections it has blamed on ‘national staff shortages’.

Householders have been warned some waste pick-ups could take place on different days ‘for the foreseeable future’.

The authority has set out a series of steps for people to check to see if their collection has been affected.

Residents have been told that if recycling containers have not been emptied after four days, they should take them in and wait for the next collection.

Extra recycling can then be put out in carrier bags.

Missed rubbish or garden waste collections should be reported to the council through its website.

Collections of bulky items have been suspended to allow staff to be redeployed to help with the recycling collections.

Councillor Geoff Jung, EDDC portfolio holder for coast, country and environment, said: “I would like to thank all our residents for their understanding whilst we continue to provide a recycling and waste collection service during these very challenging times.

“I would also like to thank our partners Suez and their whole team who have over the last 18 months kept our service going.

“However, just as we thought we were returning to more normal times, we are experiencing tremendous pressure because of short-term staff shortages like every other service provider in the country”

“Please, please continue to recycle and please help our team sort and load by organising the recycling items within the containers

“Thank you for your continued patience.”

Affected residents will be notified of any amendments to collections via the East Devon ‘app’. Up-to-date information will also be posted on to the EDDC website.

Anyone interested in joining the council’s recycling and waste teams can contact James Gatter at Suez on 01395 234500.

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