Garden waste collections will be suspended for two weeks from Monday 16th November due to staff shortages as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Blaby District Council say that a number of the waste collection crew are required to self isolate as part of the national test and trace effort and as a result, they have taken the decision to suspend the garden waste collection service for a two week period from Monday 16th to Friday 27th November 2020.
In a notice on its website the Council says that the health and safety of residents and employees is the Council’s highest priority and whilst every effort has been made to minimise disruption, the staff shortages will impact on service delivery in the short to medium term.
It goes on to say that suspending the garden waste service will help the Council to focus resources so that refuse and recycling collections can continue as normal.
Portfolio Holder for Corporate Services and Neighbourhood Services, Councillor David Freer, said: “The decision to suspend the garden waste collection service for two weeks has not been taken lightly.
“This sensible approach is needed to keep our collections teams safe, and to protect our refuse and recycling collections so that they continue as normal.
“I’d ask residents to keep an eye on our website and our social media for updates.”
Washing hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before and after handling waste containers helps to keep residents, their families and and waste collection crews safe.