DROITWICH residents can now have large items disposed of after Wychavon District Council restarted its bulky waste collection service.
Residents with furniture and large appliances they want to get rid of can book slots for collections on the Wychavon website.
The first collection dates are available from March 21.
The bulky waste collection service has been unavailable since July last year when it was stopped due to the impact of severe labour shortages in the waste sector nationally at Wychavon’s contractor FCC Environment.
Councils up and down the country have been struggling with a lack of HGV drivers and difficulties attracting people to work in waste services.
This led to disruption to waste and recycling collections with some councils being forced to stop separate recycling collections.
Wychavon took the decision to suspend bulky waste collections, so staff could be reallocated to protect the emptying of waste and recycling bins.
Wychavon and FCC Environment have been reviewing the situation on a weekly basis and are now confident the bulky waste collection service can be restarted without risking disrupton to waste and recycling collections.
Coun Emma Stokes, Wychavon’s executive board member for resident and customer services, said she was grateful to residents for their patients while bulky waste collections were suspended.
“I understand how inconvenient this has been as I recently bought a new sofa and have had to store it in my back garden while I wait for the service to restart.
“Thankfully the efforts made by FCC Environment are paying off and we are now able to take bookings for bulky waste collections again.
“Unlike some other councils, our crews have continued to empty waste and recycling bins as normal throughout the pandemic, despite the pressures in the labour market and the impact of Covid-19.”
She thanked all FCC Environment staff for their hard work, dedication and commitment.
“I would like to thank all FCC Environment staff for their hard work, dedication and commitment to our residents.”
Brian Ashby, FCC Environment’s head of municipal collections and Street Scene, added it still needed qualified drivers and indeed loaders to join its skilled team and urged anyone interested to get in touch.
Qualified individuals looking for a new career as a key worker in the recycling and waste sector, should email firstname.lastname@example.org for more.