Garden waste collection in Basingstoke and Deane suspended
GARDEN waste collections are being suspended in Basingstoke and Deane next week due to increasing numbers of council staff having to self-isolate.
The borough council said a loader who worked with two different crews over the last two days had tested positive today and now has to self-isolate, along with the crews he worked with.
As a result, the council has had to suspend its green waste collection – a subscription-based service costing £60 a year for fortnightly collections – in an effort to protect its waste and recycling collections.
It means no garden waste collections will be carried out for the week of July 26, with the council hoping it can collect garden waste on the next date due, depending on staffing levels.
A council spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, we have been informed that a crew member who has been working with no symptoms has today had a positive Covid-19 test result.
“He must self-isolate for 10 days, as well as the crews he worked with yesterday and today.
"The number of staff now able to work means we now have to suspend other services to try to protect the waste and recycling collections, as far as possible.
"Therefore, we will not be able to carry out next week’s scheduled garden waste collections in Basingstoke and Deane.
"We hope to be able to collect garden waste on the next date due, a fortnight after that, if possible, but it will depend on staffing levels nearer the time. We will update the website and social media with any changes.
“We apologise for the inconvenience that will be caused.
“But we hope residents understand that maintaining waste and recycling collection services as far as possible, while protecting our frontline staff and ensuring they are doing all they can to reduce the spread of the virus, is our priority."
The move comes three days after West Berkshire Council took the decision to suspend collections of green bin and food waste due to the number of waste truck drivers and operatives being pinged by Track and Trace.
For more information, visit https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/gardenwaste.