Council office staff join recycling crews to help keep waste collections going
OFFICE staff from South Gloucestershire Council are joining recycling crews to keep waste collections going during the coronavirus crisis.
The council has announced that a number of office-based StreetCare staff team have switched from their usual roles, been retrained and redeployed to help with essential household waste collections.
Council cabinet member for communities Rachael Hunt said: “We are doing all we can to continue with essential waste collections during the coronavirus outbreak, while protecting our staff and residents.
“To make the best use of our workforce, we are redeploying staff who aren’t currently able to perform their usual roles but are able to support other essential functions.
“Our StreetCare department maintain a dynamic workforce at all times, where for example resurfacing staff may also drive gritting trucks when we experience winter weather, so are well placed to step in and help where needed most. My thanks go to those staff for their commitment and adaptability during these challenging times.”
From Monday recycling and food collections are being cut back from weekly to fortnightly and will be on the same day as black bin collections.
Garden waste and bulky waste collections will be temporarily suspended from next Monday until further notice.
All Sort It centres are closed as of today until further notice.
Black bins, clinical waste and sharps will still be collected as normal.
The council has called on residents to help protect staff by following public health guidance and staying at least two metres away.