Staff shortages affecting waste collections across Wakefield district

Staff shortages caused by widespread isolation is forcing changes to waste collection from Wakefield Council.

Friday, 30th July 2021, 12:30 pm

From Tuesday, August 3, staff working on the paid-for household waste collection service are being diverted to regular household bin and recycling collection routes.

It will be for two weeks and anyone who has already booked for the council to take away bulky rubbish will be given a refund.

Glynn Humphries, Wakefield Council’s corporate director for communities, environment and climate change, said: “We are working hard to ensure that household waste and recycling collections continue as normal.

Due to staff shortages all workers have been put on regular bin collections.

"By suspending bulky waste collections temporarily, we can deploy staff to the other higher priority waste collections.

"I understand that this may cause some inconvenience and I’d like to thank residents for their continued patience and understanding in what continue to be very testing circumstances.”