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Update on recycling collections strike

Published on Tuesday, 1st February 2022

Strikes affecting recycling collections in Nuneaton and Bedworth will be taking place every day during February, Borough residents are warned.

The Borough Council is working to ensure Coventry City Council deliver the service they are contracted to provide. Strike action by Coventry drivers and affecting Nuneaton and Bedworth recycling collections is expected to step up from two days each week to all five weekdays from Monday, 31 January 2022.

Green bin garden waste collections and black bin general waste collections continue unaffected, as they are provided by staff employed by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.

Residents are asked to present their brown lid recycling bin for collection on their normal collection day, but take the bin back onto their property if it is not collected.

Where the recycling collection has been missed, those residents only have the option of placing recycling waste in black bags into their black bins for collection if they need to, on their next black bin collection day.

Alternatively, they are asked to wait for the next recycling round when their waste will be collected, or book a visit to a Household Recycling Centre.

Explained portfolio holder for public services, Cllr Sue Markham:

“The trade unions have reported that all recycling collections in Nuneaton and Bedworth on every day of the week will be affected by this strike action from now on, but I want to assure residents that we will do everything we can to keep things running.

“While our own teams with some of the Coventry workers have continued to collect as much recycled waste as they can, some household brown lid bins have been missed on each round since the strike started.

“We are ready to do whatever we can to deal with this, to help minimise the impact of this action on our residents.

“As announced previously, we are working on the possibility of offering recycling drop off points for households affected by the strike. At this point it is too early to say if the action taken by Coventry City Council to employ contractors on this work will mean we won’t need to put that plan into operation. We are of course continuing to watch the impact of this industrial action very closely and will continue to try to keep residents in the picture as this action continues.”

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