HGV driver shortage blamed by Thanet council for suspension of garden waste collections

Garden waste collections

Garden waste collection have been suspended for two weeks because there is a shortage of HGV drivers, says Thanet council.

Some 12,500 people use the service and are being informed via email. Thanet council says next year’s fee will be adjusted “to reflect the break in the service.”

A council spokesperson said: “Thanet District Council has suspended Garden Waste Collections from Monday 1 August. This is expected to be for a period of two weeks, which means customers will only experience a single missed collection, as the rounds are carried out on a fortnightly basis.

“Since the start of the pandemic, the council has worked incredibly hard to manage its resources during ongoing national HGV driver shortages, without affecting scheduled waste collections. This suspension is a last resort and is necessary to allow the council to prioritise other statutory waste services such as household waste collection and recycling.

“The majority of our 12,500 customers will be informed directly by email. We will also share the message on our social media channels and we will be updating our online waste portal and website to reflect this.

“Next year’s subscription fee will be adjusted to reflect the break in service.

“We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience and thank them for bearing with us at this time.”

The service costs £55 per year for garden waste collections plus a one-off charge of £36 per bin. Collections are fortnightly.