Council must ensure waste and recycling backlog is cleared quickly

The current backlog in waste and recycling collections across Bath and North East Somerset must be dealt with swiftly, Conservative councillors say.

It follows news released today (23 June) that the service is currently hampered by delays due to a shortage of staff.

In response, the Conservative Group on B&NES Council has called on the Liberal Democrat administration to ensure the backlog in kerbside collections is dealt with quickly and that proper procedures are put in place to mitigate the effects of staff shortages.

Cllr Vic Pritchard, Leader of the Conservative Group on B&NES Council, said: “I am disappointed to hear of the long delays to the waste and recycling collection service across Bath and North East Somerset.

“This service is an extremely important one to residents and the Council should be making every effort to ensure the backlog of collections is cleared as soon as possible.

“While it’s true that waste services across the country have been hit by a national shortage of drivers, neighbouring Councils seem to be coping much better. It’s vital that the Lib Dem administration urgently puts procedures in place to mitigate the effects of staff shortages, and to ensure the service is able to resume at full capacity as soon as possible.”

Although the administration has blamed the delays on a nationwide shortage of drivers, B&NES Council is, at the time of writing, the only authority in the South West currently advertising for drivers for the waste and recycling services – suggesting other authorities are coping just fine.

This, the Conservative Group says, points towards mismanagement of the service by the Liberal Democrats as being the predominant cause of the delays.