The Metropolis Council of South London is suspending rubbish assortment AGAIN because the Covid pingdemie rages on


All of Richmond’s garden waste collections were suspended for the second straight week as garbage collectors had to self-isolate.

Council chiefs say they will now prioritize households with missed rubbish and grocery collections within two working days – but garden rubbish will remain uncollected “until further notice”.

Garbage collectors are also unable to collect paper and cardboard from some streets in Barnes, East Sheen, Mortlake and Richmond.

This is because dozens of councils in England have faced delays in their garbage collection due to staff isolating themselves from being “pinged” by the NHS Track and Trace app.

But the government has said there is a new update to the app that will make people “ping” less often.

Local residents are angry about the delay in collecting garbage.

Resident Caroline Alexander replied on Facebook: “This is more than a joke. Will we get free garden bags to replace those that are now deteriorating because you didn’t organize a collection?

“The garden bags are not cheap. I now waste money every time I use one. Not happy at all … “

And Parag Parekh added: “This is getting ridiculous! Can you please compensate everyone who paid for the green waste collection for this interruption.”

A spokesman for Richmond City Council said, “Garden waste collection is on hold until further notice.

“This is because a number of collection teams have to self-isolate so we don’t have enough staff to continue all collection flows.

“Logistically, we had to make the decision to prioritize household waste / food collection, followed by blue and black box recycling collection.”

Serco, the company hired by the city council to collect trash, has refused to provide a number of garbage collectors who are self-isolating in the district.

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