Three Rivers District Council’s recycling and refuse collections have restarted after staff sickness and the need to change working practices due to COVID-19 saw a temporary reduction of services.
Household Waste Recycling Centres in the district have also reopened after councillor Alison Wall petitioned for it.
Cllr Wall said: “We have been told that the lockdown is continuing for the foreseeable future and people need to be mentally occupied at home. This will result in garden waste and waste from DIY projects.
“I’m not criticising the decision of closing the Household Waste Recycling Centres, as waste disposal was not initially seen as an essential service, but I was looking at the bigger public health picture. If they didn’t reopen the sites there would be issues around excess demand for disposing of waste.
“We have evidence of increased fly-tipping, which incurs significant costs to the local authority. It’s all really well organised now, people are monitoring one car in and one car out, every other space is blocked off people can’t park closeby to each other.”
Cllr Phil Williams, lead member for environmental services said: “Our front-line crews continue to work exceptionally hard at this difficult time. I would like to thank residents for their support and for the positive comments that they have given to our crews. As usual the local community has pulled together and got on with things.”
Cllr Sara Bedford, leader of Three Rivers District Council, added: “Three Rivers has a proud record of running some of the best refuse and recycling services in the country. We consistently empty bins in the winter snow and ice, when other areas do not. I am pleased that we are able to resume services and thank residents for their patience over the past few weeks.”