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Bucks' bin collection team thank locals

Some services have had to change because of reduced staffing levels.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 8:05am 5th April 2020. (Updated at 5:37am 6th April 2020) 4-minute read.

Bucks' bin collection team thank locals

The Bucks waste collection team have thanked local people for their support.

Waste collection teams across Buckinghamshire have been rising to the challenge of regular deliveries with reduced staffing during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Now, they want to thank the public for the response they have had, they've been pleased to find the residents are appreciative and supportive of them at this time.

The teams recognise it can be frustrating if schedules change but say they are trying their best to keep services as close to normal as possible. 

Wheelie rubbish bins

Rebecca Newbutt,  who manages the waste collection service in the Aylesbury Vale area  for Buckinghamshire Council, said:

"Although it's been a challenge keeping services running as close to usual as possible with many of our staff self-isolating, our teams have really stepped up to the mark to make it happen. And the response of residents has been brilliant - they've really appreciated the fact that we're there to collect their waste even when times are a bit uncertain.

"One reminder I would make to residents on behalf of our teams, though, is to make sure you leave enough space for our trucks to get through. I know parking can be a bit of a nightmare with everyone at home, but it really slows us down  if our trucks can't get past!"

Kerbside collections across Bucks are being made on the usual days whenever possible, though a few changes have had to be made to what's being collected to accommodate lower staffing levels:

  • Residual rubbish and mixed recycling are being collected as usual across the whole county, and food waste recycling is still being collected in the Aylesbury Vale and South Bucks areas.
  • Food recycling is not being collected separately for the time being in the Chiltern and Wycombe areas. During this time residents are asked to put food waste in with their residual rubbish.
  • Bulky waste and garden waste are not being collected in the county for the time being. Please either compost garden waste or store it safely until the service resumes - please don't put it in the general rubbish, as this puts an extra demand on the main collection service at a difficult time.

Buckinghamshire Council Executive Portfolio Holders Bill Chapple OBE (Environment) and Gareth Williams (Health & Culture) said:

"Our thanks go to our waste collection crews across the county who are maintaining a superb service despite the staffing pressures that the current situation has inevitably caused - and it's really great to hear that residents are responding so positively to their efforts.

"We're doing whatever we can to maintain as full a service as possible, and I'm sure people will understand that we've had to suspend some collections, including garden waste and bulky items. Food waste recycling has also had to be suspended in the Chiltern and Wycombe areas for the time being.

"Although this is less than ideal, we'd just ask residents to put their food waste in with the general rubbish during this period until things settle down and we can get things back to normal."

For the latest updates they're asking people to check their website as thing can change moving forward.

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