Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Great value Unlimited Broadband from an award winning provider  

 

Change to waste and recycling services aims to protect staff

4th April 2020

From Monday, a number of changes have been made in line with national guidance, to how we collect waste in order to protect staff, during the Coronavirus emergency.

To protect our staff, and prevent the spread of Coronavirus on our waste collection routes we have improved social distancing measures in line with guidance and in discussion with union reps.

From the start of next week, Monday 6 April, we will start to reduce the number of staff in each waste vehicle cab to a driver and one other person, with the third operative travelling in a separate van to carry out collections. Crews will also have access to soap and water, alcohol-based sprays or wipes, gloves and other materials for them to maintain a high standard of hygiene.

This will obviously result in routes taking longer to complete. In addition, due to the current high level of staff absence across our teams, we may need to suspend some services at short notice. Any such changes will be publicised on the Council's website and social media channels.

Chair of the Communities and Place Committee, Cllr Allan Henderson said:"We are operating in unprecedented times. Although every effort will be made to minimise the impact these changes will have on the completion times for routes, keeping our staff safe and looking how to best manage our limited resources has to be our priority.

"I ask everyone to be understanding as changes are made. We all have a role to play and people can greatly assist by following the COVID-19 waste and recycling guidance we have publicised to keep our teams safe."

https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/1054/rubbish_and_recycling/905/rubbish_and_recycling_guidance_-_coronavirus_covid-19

To help keep the collection service operating as smoothly as possible, householders are being urged to do their bit to help by regularly cleaning bin handles and lids; washing their hands before and after touching bins and presenting bins with lids closed and with no side waste to avoid the crews unnecessarily needing to touch bins and bags.

The guidance requests that people leave their bins out, by 7am on their regular day of collection. If your bins are not emptied by 5pm please take them off the street and present them again on the next scheduled collection day. Regular updates will be provided on the Council's website and social media.

If any households are self-isolating then they should make sure that all waste items that have been in contact with individuals with symptoms, for example, used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths, are disposed of securely within disposable bags. When full, the plastic bag should then be placed in a second bin bag and tied. These bags should be stored for 72 hours before being put out for collection. Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.

If your refuse bin is full please store excess bags safely in a shed or garage until your next collection.

The refuse collection crews are unable to pull out bins from gardens for households that are self- isolating. Please see the guidance on what to do with your rubbish whilst self-isolating.

If your bins are not emptied by 5pm please take them off the street and present them again on the next scheduled collection day. Regular updates will be provided on the Council’s website and social media.

The Highland Council’s waste and recycling crews across the Highlands have been bolstered this week by the many messages of thanks and support from households.

Cllr Henderson added: “I cannot praise our crews highly enough for the terrific job they are doing at such a challenging time for us all. I know that the support members of the public have given really means a lot to them."

Currently the Council’s Bulky Uplift and Garden Waste service has been suspended until further notice. All Highland Waste Recycling Centres are closed and textile Bank servicing by charities across all sites has stopped. Commercial rubbish and recycling collections for businesses premises are operating as normal across the region.

Carron McDiarmid, Executive Chief Officer for Communities and Place added: “Due to significant staff shortages, the council is prioritising statutory household rubbish and recycling blue bin collection, including food waste collections in Inverness, services.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the bin collection crews for going above and beyond in helping to maintain these essential services that we all reply upon and also thank the public for their understanding and patience during what is an incredibly difficult time for everyone.”

She continued “We understand the concerns that the public have about the welfare of our staff and can assure them that the way we will work from now on has changed to protect their health.”

More information on how to manage your waste during the lockdown can be found by visiting: www.highland.gov.uk/recycle

For further information, latest coronavirus developments and changes to key Council services visit www.highland.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Related Businesses

 

Related Articles

26/5/2020
Council confirms details for Household Waste Recycling Centres to reopen
The Highland Council can now confirm which of the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) across the region will re-open from Monday 1st June 2020.   A phased approach to re-opening the sites will be adopted with strict controls in place to help manage social distancing and to ensure the anticipated high number of visitors and volume of waste can be handled safely and efficiently.  
26/5/2020
Council's Garden Aid Service to start
The Highland Council's Housing Service currently operates an annual garden aid scheme, cutting grass in approximately 1,300 council house gardens.   The Garden Aid service is for older or disabled tenants who don't have anyone to help them cut their grass.  
25/5/2020
Highland Council awarded over £750,000 to roll out network of safe walking and cycling routes in response to Coronavirus pandemic
Following an ambitious bid by Highland Council supported by NHS Highland, to deliver rapid active travel interventions in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, The Highland Council has been awarded £752,954 from the Scottish Government's Spaces for People fund, which is administered by Sustrans.   Over the coming weeks towns across Highland and the City of Inverness will see a roll-out of temporary walking, wheeling and cycling infrastructure along priority routes.  
25/5/2020
Highland Council publishes decisions made during COVID-19 emergency
Public assurance is being provided by Highland Council that the organisation is fully transparent and accountable during the COVID-19 emergency response as it publishes decisions made by its group of senior officers - or Gold Group* - under emergency procedures.   The list of decisions made since 19 March 2020 is on the Council's website at the following link and will continue to the added to and updated as further decisions are made using emergency procedures.  
25/5/2020
£56m COVID-19 Business Grants awarded in Highland
The COVID-19 small business and self-catering grant scheme, set up to help companies stay in business during the coronavirus crisis, has now paid out £56,286,250 million to 5135 Highland businesses.   The Highland Council's Head of Development and Regeneration, Allan Maguire, said: "We now are processing applications and approving payment within days of a business submitting a complete online application form and its accompanying evidence.  
21/5/2020
Preparations underway for phased re-opening of Highland Household Waste Recycling Centres
The Highland Council is pleased to announce that preparations are well underway for re-opening many of the Household Waste Recycling Centres across the region to the public from Monday 1 June 2020.   The sites in Highland, along with all other Scottish Local Authorities, have been closed since the end of March due to the government's Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential travel.  
21/5/2020
Highland Council prepares for phased return to new normal
Highland Council's Recovery Board Chair, Cllr Alasdair Christie has welcomed the publication of the Scottish Government's road map phasing the way out of lockdown, which was published earlier today.   The First Minister revealed that Phase 1 of the Government's new four phase plan, could come into effect on 28 May, however the advice remains stay home, protect the NHS and save lives for now.  
20/5/2020
Highland Council Notes Home Farm Outcomes - 10 Deaths
The Highland Council has noted the outcomes at Inverness Sherriff Court this morning regarding Home Farm Care Home on the Isle of Skye.   The Sheriff made no decision on the Care Inspectorate's application to suspend registration but has adjourned the matter until 10 June 2020 on the basis that the collaborative approach being taken will continue to be monitored.  
18/5/2020
Garden waste collection service off to a great start
The Highland Council would like to remind Garden Waste Collection Service permit holders that the service resumed last Monday (11th May 2020) after being suspended due to the impact of COVID-19 on staff resources.   Carron McDiarmid, Executive Chief Officer for Communities and Place said: "Feedback from our crews from the first week of collections is that the quality of the material collected from the brown bins was excellent with very little contamination which is really positive and I would like to thank the public for making a concerted effort to ensure that only the correct material was put into their bins.  
15/5/2020
Update on COVID-19 grants issued by Highland Council
The COVID-19 small business and self-catering grant scheme, set up to help companies stay in business during the coronavirus crisis, has now paid out £48.9m million to 4359 Highland businesses.  This now includes payments to owners of multiple premises following the expansion of the scheme on 5th May 2020.  

[Printer Friendly Version]