10 Mar 2022

Some aspects of Christchurch’s kerbside bin collection service are starting to be impacted by staff shortages caused by rising COVID-19 case numbers.

“Our contractors have processes in place to  keep the kerbside collection running through the peak of the Omicron outbreak, but staff shortages are starting to impact on services such as bin swaps and repairs,’’ says Christchurch City Council Resource Recovery Manager Ross Trotter.

“Please be aware that you may have to wait longer than normal for these services because of the staffing shortages.

“With the number of COVID-19 cases in the community rising and more staff needing to isolate, our contractor is experiencing some driver shortages. If your bin is not full and you can hold off until the next collection cycle without having to overload it, please don’t put your bin out.

“If there are fewer bins to be emptied, it will ease the pressure on the drivers and help them complete their routes within normal operating hours.’’

Mr Trotter says it is possible bin collection hours may need to be extended if the driver shortages continue.

“Our contractor may end up having to collect bins after 6pm weekdays and on Saturdays. Other operational changes, such as temporarily moving to a fortnightly organics collection, might also be required. We will advise you if we move to this situation.

“In the meantime, please continue to put your bins out if they need emptying and put the right items in the right bin. We are closely monitoring the situation and we will keep you updated on any changes,’’ Mr Trotter says.