Rubbish not collected in Chiswick due to staffing problems

Image above: Overflowing rubbish bin at Strand on the Green, Thursday 21 October

Rubbish and recycling bins have not been collected in many locations around Chiswick. Neighbours took to social media to lament to lack of a collection service on Wednesday 20 October and the local foxes have taken full advantage.

Cllr Guy Lambert, Cabinet Member for Highways, Recycling and Companies put out this statement:

‘Hounslow is currently experiencing severe disruptions to waste and recycling collections due to unforeseen circumstances. We understand that collection delays are frustrating and we’re sorry for disruption where it occurs.

‘If your collection has been missed please report it using our online form via our website. We will ensure your collection is made at an alternative time over the next few days.’

He told The Chiswick Calendar they had a problem at the depot which has now been resolved. About half the rubbish collections and more than half of the recycling were not made. They are catching up. he said, starting with those that have been missed, and expect to have caught up fully by Saturday.

“We have ongoing problems with a shortage of drivers and the strain on everyone over the past 18 months has taken its toll” he said. “There has been quite a lot of illness and several resignations”.

Binben working on Thursday said there had been a strike.

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