District council chiefs have apologised again after warning East Devon residents their recycling and rubbish will be collected a day late this week – with ‘more disruptions’ possible.
The authority says its waste crews have ‘worked tirelessly for months’ and were given a ‘well-deserved’ break over the bank holiday weekend.
“As a result, we will need to make some catch-up collections on Saturday,” said an East Devon District Council spokesperson.
“We acknowledge that, due to acute staff shortages, collections are being disrupted but we will work as closely as we can to the planned ‘one day later’ schedule but some collections may get further delays during the holiday week.
“East Devon District Council would like to thank residents for their patience at this time and have set out a series of steps for people to check to see if their collection has been affected.”
The spokesperson added: “The national recruitment challenges at this current time mean that these interruptions to services may continue for the foreseeable future.”
East Devon 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.
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.