SODC have put the waste team’s well-tested service disruption plan in place during the coronavirus outbreak.
A spokesperson said, “Our waste contractor, Biffa, has suffered some staff shortages due to illness and self-isolation but is managing this by redeploying staff and using agency drivers.”
“However, with new crew members unfamiliar with the routes and in some cases fewer staff, it’s likely that on occasions, crews might not be able to complete all of their daily rounds and so some bins might not be emptied on their usual collection day. We empty 200,000 bins every week and so even a moderate level of disruption to our usual staffing can cause delays.”
There were bin collections yesterday (25 March) in the Shiplake, Binfield Heath and Henley areas.
The advice for residents is as follows: if the bins in your street are not emptied, please leave them out for up to three days (including weekends) and Biffa will try to catch up. If still not emptied, bring them back in and Biffa will empty them on the next planned collection day.
SODC have suspended some non-essential services, including new bulky waste bookings, new garden waste subscriptions and investigating abandoned vehicles.
They urge people to sort their waste carefully – food in food waste bins, rubbish in black bins and clean, dry, loose recycling in their green recycling bins. They are also recommending residents wash their hands before and after taking the bins out to practice good hygiene for themselves and our bin crews.
They will prioritise food, rubbish and clinical waste collections and some elements of street cleansing, including emptying litter bins. They may have to suspend garden waste services so that they can focus on essential waste collections, as other councils have, if this is the case we will let you know.
Oakley Wood Recycling Centre is now closed.