Recycling collections disruption as Covid-19 rate rises

Bins, Waste and Recycling
16:08, Thursday, 31st March 2022

Residents across the area are experiencing some disruption to recycling collections as Covid-19 infections increase significantly and staff isolate to stop the spread of the virus.

Staff who collect the waste from more than 70,000 households every week work in teams, often travelling 20 miles a day together in close contact.

Like many people from across North Lincolnshire, crew members testing positive are self-isolating to stop the spread of the virus to both colleagues and residents.

While most services are continuing to operate as normal, due to the impact on refuse collectors there is some disruption to recycling collections.

It comes as Covid-19 infection rates in North Lincolnshire have continued to rise. From a low of around 200 cases per 100,000 at the end of February, the rate now stands at well over 900.

The vaccine remains the best line of defence with first, second and booster jabs still available. From next week the most vulnerable will be able to get a spring booster for even more protection.

Thanks to the vaccine programme there has not been a big rise in hospital admissions. If you have symptoms the guidance remains to self-isolate if you can and protect yourself and others with hands, face, space, fresh air, which continue to be the right thing to do.

General waste collections are being prioritised and where possible recycling is being collected on an alternative day. Where this isn’t feasible double collections are completed on the next round.

The council apologises to residents for any inconvenience caused, the situation is being kept under review and council staff are doing all they can to minimise further disruption.