Covid-19 outbreak affects Derbyshire district bin collections

Several bin collections in a Derbyshire district have been missed this week after a number of staff members tested positive for Covid-19.

Derbyshire Dales District Council has confirmed that some of its bin crew members have contracted the virus, with others currently shielding.

As a result of the staff shortage, recycling collections were not completed in a number of villages in the area yesterday, including Matlock Bath, Cromford and Whatstandwell.

The local authority has also confirmed that garden and food waste collections are unlikely to be carried out in some streets in the town of Matlock today.

An update on the situation was posted on the district council’s website last night, Tuesday, January 12.

It reads: “Some of our crew members have tested positive for Covid and others are shielding.

“This unfortunately means that although Serco are working hard to make up the numbers, some scheduled collections have been missed today (January 12) and there will be further impacts tomorrow.

“The big message to residents is please leave out your containers for collection and the crews will get to you as soon as they can.

“Recycling collections were not completed today in Alderwasley, Bolehill, Bonsall, Cromford, Matlock Bath, Whatstandwell and Slaley. Road closures at West End, Wirksworth also meant that no collections have been completed in that area today.

“Unfortunately the following rounds are unlikely to be out tomorrow:

  • Garden and food waste collections in some streets in Matlock (including Chesterfield Road/Lime Tree Road area and some streets in Matlock Green).
  • Garden and food waste collections in some streets in Grange Mill, Ible, Oker, Matlock, Riber, Starkholmes and Tansley.

“Our apologies for any inconvenience. Your patience and understanding is much appreciated.”

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