Possible disruption to our green bin collections


Thanks for your thanks sign on an SCDC bin lorry – with the council's very hard-working bin crews managing to empty more bins than planned during the coronavirus.

By Peter Mann

Beware! It looks as though our fortnightly green bin collections could be disrupted due to the pandemic causing staff shortages – though collections remain as scheduled for now.

Thanks for your thanks sign on an SCDC bin lorry – with the council's very hard-working bin crews managing to empty more bins than planned during the coronavirus.

Thank-yous on an SCDC bin lorry to the very hard-working bin crews. Will a combination of the pandemic and poor pay threaten green bin collections?

A press release from South Cambs District Council goes on to say ‘The Greater Cambridgeshire Shared Waste Service [SCDC and Cambridge City] is currently unable to secure enough agency workers to cover all absences. This is because agency workers are in higher demand in roles such as supermarket workers due to the number of people currently needing to self-isolate.

‘A small number of the bin collection crew are also currently needing to self-isolate after either being contacted by NHS Test and Trace or alerted via the NHS COVID-19 app.

‘Residents are being advised that fortnightly green bin collections are continuing for now, but there is the chance they will be altered or suspended in the weeks ahead.

‘This would allow remaining crews to concentrate on emptying blue and black bins during the coming weeks.

‘If any changes to the schedule are needed, the Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service will let residents and parish councils know – and keep people up to date via the two councils’ websites and social media channels.

Don’t waste food

‘As always,’ continued the press release, ‘residents are being encouraged to waste as little food as possible, so they minimise the amount they need to throw away.

‘For this period only, the advice to residents who do have food waste will be to put it into their black bin to prevent it building-up if there is a need for green bin frequency to be reduced.

‘Residents who enjoy spending time in the garden and growing their own food are also being asked to consider home composting as much of their garden waste as possible.’

More loaders and drivers required

The press release ends with a cry for more refuse loaders and HGV drivers.

‘The Greater Cambridge Shared Waste Service was already recruiting for Refuse Loaders and HGV drivers,’ it said.

You can apply here: www.scambs.gov.uk/jobs/current-vacancies – the salaries, though are surprisingly low: max of £25,099 for a driver and £21,836 for a loader – for (to quote the press release) ‘a very physical role, which sees them walk on average 13 miles per day.’

Both jobs are full time, 37 hours per week.

  • For more information about waste and recycling including which items can be recycled and how, and to see tailored bin collection calendars, visit www.scambs.gov.uk/bins.

Don’t, though, expect to find the answer to all your rubbish queries – windscreen wipers (for instance) aren’t listed.

Post created 26th July 2021.