HGV driver shortages affect bin collections

Images above: birds feed on litter in the streets (19 September), litter remains uncollected (16 September)

LB Hounslow is experiencing “minor disruptions” to waste and recycling collections due to the nationwide HGV driver shortage, they say.

Residents have complained about missed collections as well as rubbish left in the streets near local businesses for over a week.

The council is asking residents to minimise the amount of rubbish, recycling and food waste produced as well as avoiding doing big clear-outs at home, which will create more rubbish and recycling for council crews to collect.

‘We are committed to providing full service… despite challenges’ says Council

Councillor Guy Lambert, Cabinet Member for Highways, Recycling and Companies said:

“Disruption has occurred during a small number of rounds and where this has happened our Recycle 360 crews have been working tirelessly to remedy the situation, implementing additional collections shifts, including weekends.

“We recognise that delays are frustrating and we’re sorry for disruption where it occurs. We’re confident we have the right team to help reduce the disruption and will do our best to keep people informed. In any event, we will collect your waste and recycling, but it may not be on the schedule you are used to. For the last 18 months, despite the pandemic, our crews have ensured Hounslow could provide a full waste and recycling service, unlike so many other councils.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and update residents of any continuing problems.”

You can look out for further updates to the service on on the council’s Recycling and Rubbish webpage.

You can check what can and can’t be recycled in your collections on the council’s website. If you have had a missed collection you can report it, again via the council’s website or by emailing their recycling mailbox at: recycling@hounslow.gov.uk. You can also call on 0208 583 5555 to file a report.

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