Borough residents may not receive brown-lidded bin collections next week

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 21 August 2021

BROWN-LIDDED bins for garden waste may not be collected next week, or on Bank Holiday Monday, across Burbage, Hinckley, Groby, or Ratby due to ‘ongoing’ staff shortages.

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council (HBBC) have warned the garden waste collection service may not go ahead because there is a staff shortage of HGV drivers.

Garden waste collections are still taking place in all areas across the borough next week, but the Council have stated that they only have ‘sufficient’ HGV drivers available to complete around 75 per cent of the rounds in Burbage on 25 August, Hinckley on 26 and 27 August and Groby and Rutland on 30 August.

As a result, some garden waste collections will be missed and if it is then the waste that wasn’t collected by the Council’s crews will not be able to be collected until the next scheduled collection days in two weeks’ time.

Matthew Bowers, Director of Environment and Planning for the Borough Council, has issued an apology explaining that subscriptions will be extended to cover the disruption that has been caused to the service.

He explained: “We apologise to all those customers affected and we assure anyone affected their subscription will be extended to cover this disruption.

“Unfortunately due to the ongoing shortage of HGV drivers and driver/crew sickness we just don’t have sufficient staff to complete all the rounds next week or on Bank Holiday Monday.

“Once again we thank you for your patience at this difficult time.”

Borough residents are being urged to present their garden waste bins as usual so that available crews will endeavour to service as many bins as possible. All other refuse and recycling collections in the borough will be completed as usual.

Recycling centres are open and no prior appointments are needed to attend.

Vacancy details for drivers and crew can be found here.

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