Doncaster Council has announced that green waste collections will be starting again in September but under a revised schedule.
The council says green bin collections will start on a four-weekly cycle from Tuesday 7 September. The revised schedule will run for three months until the service is paused for the winter between December and February.
Changes to bin collections due to issues caused by Covid have been ‘unavoidable’, Doncaster mayor Ros Jones said.
The mayor says she is pleased that green waste collections will resume again shortly, adding: “I’d like to thank residents for their patience and understanding during a challenging time for the service.
“Unfortunately Covid has meant that the bin collection crews have been working for some time with a reduced workforce due to self-isolations and, to further compound issues, the national shortage of HGV drivers has placed even further strain on collection operations.
“Because we want to make sure that we can empty all bins and deal with the higher volume of green waste that now needs collecting, we’ve had to recommence service on a four-weekly collection cycle for the rest of the year.
“I understand that service disruption to waste collections always causes inconvenience but unfortunately recent changes have been unavoidable.”
“Both nationally and locally we have seen a significant rise in black bin waste since the start of the pandemic and a reduction in recycling, I ask that we all do what we can to reduce the amount of waste that we produce. To ensure we re-use and recycle wherever possible.”
The council says each household in Doncaster will receive a letter outlining the exact dates of when their green waste collections will take place.