Swindon Borough Council has released new information about the changes being made to waste collection.
The council says that due to a surge in staff shortages as a result of covid-19, staff sickness and a shortage of HGV drivers, it is currently unable to provide its standard recycling service to members of the public.
From yesterday - 19 July - all households across the Borough will move to a temporary four weekly recycling box collection (paper, cardboard, tins, glass). All other waste collections remain unchanged.
The council's message to the public is:
- If your recycling collection is due this week (week commencing 19 July), you should put your recycling boxes out as normal. If your recycling is collected, your next collection will take place in four weeks’ time (week commencing 16 August). If your recycling is not collected within 24 hours, please bring it in and put it back out on your next collection day in two weeks’ time (week commencing 2 August).
- If your recycling collection is due next week (week commencing 26 July), you should put your recycling boxes out as normal next week. If your recycling is collected, your next collection will take place in four weeks’ time (week commencing 23 August). If your recycling is not collected within 24 hours, please bring it in and put it back out on your next collection day (week commencing 9 August).
- During this period the recycling crews will be collecting additional recycling, providing it is presented in sturdy containers. Excess cardboard must be broken down into manageable pieces and bundled neatly next to recycling boxes ready for collection.
Swindon Borough Council said that it will be keeping this temporary change under regular review and will aim to return to normal service as soon as possible. New information will be sent out if anything changes and the council website is currently being updated with further advice.
It is important to note that these changes do not affect black wheelie bins, blue bags, plastic recycling, food waste, garden waste or clinical waste collections. The removal service for the aforementioned will continue as normal.
A council spokesperson said: "Thank you for your understanding and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please share this message with friends, family and neighbours in Swindon Borough, as well as those you know don’t have internet access."
More information and updates can be found at https://www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20015/bins_rubbish_and_recycling/1206/covid-19_-_disruption_to_recycling_collections