Waste & recycling update Friday 23 July

A reminder that we're asking residents from Monday 26 July as a temporary emergency measure to mix your food waste in your usual household waste (grey) bin - or sacks (if you're not on a bins round).

To help prevent animals ripping open sacks in search of food waste, residents on sack rounds can put your usual food caddy out alongside their sacks if you wish, but food inside the caddy does need to be contained within a sealed bag.

All other emergency measures we announced this time last week - including not collecting excess recycling and not returning for missed collections after 4 days - are now *on hold* pending decisions to be made by councillors on Tuesday next week at an extraordinary meeting of the council.

Key officer recommendations to that meeting include sharing with our contractor for a temporary period the cost of an uplift in HGV driver wages as well as a one-month suspension of garden waste collections to enable the current backlogs to be cleared. There's more detail about this here.

In the meantime please note Serco will have crews out tomorrow (Saturday) continuing the catch-up of collections, so please leave out any missed containers.

Today Serco are again collecting on all scheduled household waste, recycling and garden waste rounds, and are just one round short of the five scheduled food waste rounds.

A reminder that this doesn't unfortunately mean all rounds will be completed - this due to the sheer volume of waste, which is filling trucks more quickly than is the case in normal circumstances as crews clear the backlog.

We apologise again for the current situation. Sadly we're far from being the only local authority to feel the impact on crews of Covid isolations as well as the acknowledged effect on scheduled collections of a UK-wide shortage of HGV drivers, which has been described by the Road Haulage Association as being of "catastrophic proportions". It will be of little consolation to our residents, but we are aware of at least 25 councils currently operating an emergency waste service. Neighbouring Amber Valley Borough Council, for example, have today suspended their paid-for garden waste service with immediate effect.

Report a missed collection on our website at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/missedcollection
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