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Council prepares for further industrial action on recycling collections

Published on Tuesday, 11th January 2022

The Borough Council is preparing for more industrial action taking place this week affecting recycling collections

 

Council prepares for further industrial action on recycling collections

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council is continuing to respond to industrial action by some refuse collection drivers employed by Coventry City Council.

Crews employed by Coventry provide the domestic recycling collections for households across Nuneaton and Bedworth, as well as refuse collection for some schools and businesses.

Some staff are taking industrial action due to an ongoing dispute with Coventry City Council.

The black bin collections of general waste, and the green bin collections of garden waste continue as normal, as they are staffed by teams employed by the Borough Council.

Strike action began on two days last week, and will affect recycling collections due to take place on Tuesday 11 through to Friday 14 January, this week. Residents are asked to present their bins for collection as usual as a limited workforce is likely to be operational despite the industrial action. Additional crews are being deployed to collect additional card and paper where possible.

Anyone who does not receive a recycling collection is asked to return their bins to their property at the end of the day and either take their recycling to a household waste centre, or wait until their next scheduled collection.

In addition workers will also take strike action on further dates in January, February and March.

Talks are continuing to avert the action.

Portfolio holder for public services, Cllr Sue Markham explained: “We know this action causes annoyance and frustration for people, but this dispute is beyond our council’s control.

“Our brown lidded bin collections will be affected on days of industrial action, but we will be working as hard as we can to service as many properties as possible.

“We ask people either to save their waste for their next scheduled collection, or visit the Warwickshire County Council website for information and advice at https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/waste-recycling and book a slot to visit a convenient Recycling Centre. People can keep up to date with the latest situation on our website at https://www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/industrial-action. We thank people for their patience and understanding during this period.”