HGV driver shortage hits bin collections
Both Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan councils have said bin collections are being affected by the UK-wide shortages of HGV drivers. In Cardiff, garden waste collections will move from fortnightly collections to monthly collections from today (August 14) as the council works to clear a backlog of garden waste on the city’s streets. Meanwhile, the VOG council said: “With the current driver shortages our agencies are unable to supply drivers at present. Because of this, there may be some delays to your garden waste collections. We understand this can be frustrating, but our teams are working hard to collect your recycling as soon as possible. If your recycling is not collected on the scheduled day, please leave at the kerbside for collection.”
It’s a countrywide issue; 77% of UK councils who responded to a recent Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) survey said they were experiencing difficulties recruiting drivers. The Environmental Services Association (ESA) is reporting an average of 15% vacancy rates for driving roles across the waste sector alone and has called on the government to change points-based immigration rules for trained HGV drivers who have been unable to work in the UK since Brexit.