Sefton asks other local councils for help with green bin backlog

8th June 2022

Sefton Council has asked other local councils for assistance in dealing with a backlog of green bin collections.

Internal paperwork issued by Halton Borough Council, and seen by OTS News, says that Sefton Council has “asked for some support from Halton and other local authorities” collecting green waste from South Sefton.

Overtime at 1.5x rate will be offered to HBC staff, with pickups set to begin from 25th June.

The cost implications of this external assistance are unknown, and it is unclear whether the internal memo refers to a confirmed arrangement or a preliminary enquiry.

OTS understands that these external collections will only be conducted in South Sefton, while substantial progress has been made in clearing the backlog of green bin collections in North Sefton areas such as Southport.

Sefton Council has said that the collection delays were due to “successive bank holidays and significant staff absences in addition to operational issues”, while revealing that refuse collectors and reception staff had received abuse from members of the public.

A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “We would like to assure residents that 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 in Sefton.

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