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Bin collections have been disrupted in some areas of Cheshire East because of the impact of Covid and the availability of HGV drivers, writes Belinda Ryan.

Cheshire East has managed to deliver local essential services throughout the pandemic and, unlike some local authorities, has maintained bin collections.

Prestbury councillor Paul Findlow (Con) said Cheshire East had “done rather well compared to our peers both generally and in relation, specifically, to refuse collection and disposal”.

He added: “But I, and I believe some others, have had a good number of reports recently of missed bins, including missed assisted bin collections, which has given rise to concern.

“Is there an issue here, and how can we address it?

“I know it’s mixed in, not simply with coronavirus impact on staffing and attendance levels, but also with HGV personnel availability who are suitably qualified to drive the lorries.”

Council leader Sam Corcoran (Lab) praised the staff for keeping the service running under such challenging circumstances, especially when a number had had to self-isolate because they had been pinged or tested positive.

“That meant that some of the operatives were not the normal operatives and that did unfortunately mean that there were more missed bins than normal because the people doing that work were not the people who were used to doing the rounds, and although we do have very good systems in place that personal knowledge does always help,” said Cllr Corcoran.

“So we did have more missed bins than we would have liked, but we kept the wheelie bin collections going throughout.”

Cheshire East’s chief executive Lorraine O’Donnell said this was something which was being monitored from a business continuity perspective on a really regular basis, both within Cheshire East Council and working with Ansa.

“All I would say is we’ve been managing that really well over the last few months,” said the chief executive. “It’s been different challenges at different phases of the pandemic.

“There are a number of labour supply issues for us that we will need to continue to track, not necessarily related to Covid, so this is an issue that we’re currently monitoring and managing and we’ll need to continue to do so over the next few months.”

2 Comments

  1. Julie says:

    Umm down Welsh Row in Nantwich the black bin has been forgotten for 3 consecutive times blacks bags left out smell disgusting and rats are being seen no excuse when the grey bin gets picked up sorry

  2. Paul Webster says:

    In the same week as the closure of local tips, bin collections are missed.

    Well done Cheshire East. You couldn’t have screwed up more even if you’d tried

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