SEFTON ASK OTHER COUNCILS FOR HELP OVER BIN DELAYS

SEFTON ASK OTHER COUNCILS FOR HELP OVER BIN DELAYS

by Danielle Thompson (June 2022)

SEFTON Council chiefs have asked neighbouring local authorities for help with bin collections - as residents in parts of the borough have now been waiting for 10 weeks for their green waste to be emptied.

The Champion has seen an email sent to staff at the Waste and Recycling Service at Halton Council which states: “Sefton Council have asked for some support from Halton and other local authorities: collecting their green waste.”

According to the email, they would schedule additional collections over a number of Saturdays. Collections would be completed by Halton Council crews in Halton Borough Council vehicles but tipped at a designated facility in the Liverpool area.

Collections would take place in the south Sefton area. Interested people would be paid at an enhanced rate (1.5) but would be required to work full days.

The Champion understands that Sefton refuse collectors are unhappy about this policy.

Sefton Council bosses said they were exploring a ‘number of solutions’ and nothing had been agreed yet.

Dukes Ward Cllr John Pugh, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Sefton Council, has called for an audit of complaints about the issue.

He said: “It is important too that calls to the council by residents get answered.”

A spokesperson for Sefton Council responded: “We are making progress in clearing the backlog of green bins thanks to the huge efforts being put in by our collection teams and the extra resources we have made available.

“We know that while some areas will have

now received collection of their green bin, others may still be awaiting collection but we are working on clearing this backlog as quickly as we can.

“We are exploring a number of solutions to identify extra resources to collect green bins.

“We would like again to thank people in Sefton who have been incredibly patient throughout these operational difficulties and we ask them to leave their bin out for collection.”



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