Shortage of bin crews

November 24 2021

RECYCLING collections in South Gloucestershire will not return to normal for “a couple of months”, the leader of the council has said.

Driver shortages that also led to the recent fuel crisis have also affected the ability of South Gloucestershire Council to collect rubbish from people’s homes.

Garden waste collections resumed at the start of August, after disruption in some areas in the last two weeks of July.

But contractor Suez is still mixing up recyclables when it collects them from the kerbside, because the driver shortage means it cannot send out as many vehicles. 

Council leader Toby Savage told the BBC that  Suez was sorting out the items back at the depot at its own cost.

More drivers were being recruited, he said.