Council blame missed bin collections on “staff sickness” levels

28th April 2022

Sefton Council has apologised to residents over missed bin collections, saying that they are experiencing “operational challenges” due to a higher than normal level of staff sickness absences.

Residents across town have reported incidents of missed bin collections with MP Damien Moore suggesting the issue had been ongoing for more than five weeks.

A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “We would like to reiterate our apologies to residents who have been impacted by some delays to their waste collection services.

“We are experiencing operational challenges including a much higher than normal level of staff sickness absences.

“This has significantly impacted our specialist driver unit, where currently 27% of the team are unable to work due to sickness.

“We are working hard to address any missed services and we ask that residents continue to leave their bins out for collection.”

Damien Moore said of the issues: “It is unacceptable that Labour-controlled Sefton Council continue to miss bin collections across Southport, in some cases for more than five weeks.

“It seems to me a very basic requirement that the Council collect bins on-time, and I find it a real shame that this is not happening. I have been contacted by many constituents from across our town about this issue.”