Gedling Borough Council is reinstating glass collections across the borough from Saturday 2 May. The decision was made by the Leader, Deputy Leader and Chief Executive last week after listening to the concerns of residents balanced alongside the considerable pressure Coronavirus has placed on frontline council staff, including refuse collectors.
The council will begin the process with a special collection this Saturday, to deal with the backlog of glass boxes with staff working extra hours to meet the demand.
The council has been able to maintain critical waste and recycling services despite staffing shortages caused by the Coronavirus outbreak. The council drafted in staff from the leisure centres to help ensure critical services could continue and are now ready to begin the process of collecting glass.
The Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor John Clarke and Councillor Michael Payne said:
“Coronavirus has placed immense pressure on our heroic frontline workers, including our refuse collectors. We are grateful to residents for their understanding and patience at this challenging time – prioritising critical services and protecting the welfare of our staff had to come first. We were keen to reinstate glass collection as soon as it was safe and possible to do so, we were pleased that last week we were able to take the decision. It is testament to the dedication and commitment of our staff that we were able to reinstate the collections.
Our staff have being working tremendously hard to keep our critical services going and they are now going the extra mile by offering to work extra hours and days to begin collecting glass. The support residents have shown our waste crews as they have collected bins on a daily basis has been overwhelming and hugely appreciated.
We would also ask residents to let their elderly neighbours and anyone in self isolation know about this announcement, in a safe way, as some of them may not have access to the internet.”