Green bins collection suspension continues

Updated – 8th September 2021

Central Bedfordshire have announced that a further extension to the suspension of green waste bin collection.

There will be no green waste collections for the next week with an update and review of what is possible due by 19th September.

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Below is the updated alert from Central Bedfordshire received 8th September 2021.

Garden waste collection suspension

Unfortunately, garden waste collections remain suspended due to the ongoing national shortage of HGV drivers. At present time, we anticipate the suspension continuing throughout September, unless driver availability changes.

We appreciate this is not ideal and we are sorry for the disruption to the usual service.

We are exploring all possibilities with our contractor to enable us to restart a garden waste collection service, even if it is less frequent as an interim measure. We hope to be able to confirm by the end of next week (week ending 19 September) when garden waste collections will resume.

Driver shortages are affecting many businesses that rely on HGV drivers. Whilst, we have needed to suspend our garden waste collections temporarily, we are continuing to prioritise the drivers we have to ensure we continue to collect your black bins, food waste and recycling from over 120,000 households every week.

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We are also doing everything we can to recruit drivers and upskill existing staff where possible. Unfortunately, resolving the shortage of drivers is not a quick fix. Our ability to source qualified drivers, who are seeking employment, and agency staff has been dramatically reduced. Our contractor is offering increased hourly rates and fast-tracking new drivers through the training programme. However, a national backlog of driving tests and processing of driving licenses is impacting the duration of this process significantly.

If you hold an up to date LGV2 Licence and want to join a committed team, please apply here: https://bit.ly/3swz3H3. Waste vehicle drivers generally work more regular daytime hours and fewer weekends than other sectors. Our contractor FCC also offer an employee benefits scheme, overtime and job security.

Check our website for the latest waste disruption updates and the list of areas affected https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/waste-disruption

Garden waste and tidy tips (HWRC)

Garden waste can still be recycled at our four tidy tips (also known as Household Waste Recycling Centres / HWRC) which are open seven days a week from 9am -5pm, including Bank Holidays. Book a tidy tip slot.