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Aberdeenshire Council calls for patience on missed waste collections

By David Porter

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Waste collections have been severly affected by staff shortages
Waste collections have been severly affected by staff shortages

As Aberdeenshire’s waste teams navigate wintery weather alongside the impact of colleagues having to self-isolate and other winter illnesses residents have been forced to miss collections.

A growing list of missed collections has been posted on https://www.facebook.com/AberdeenshireWaste the social media site of Recycling and Waste Aberdeenshire.

It indicates that since services resumed in the last 48 hours there have been -

Missed food waste collections, January 4- Stonehaven, Chapleton and Newtonhill (mechanical).

Missed refuse collections, January 4 - Braemar rural route BC12REF00 (weather).

Missed collections, January 4- Monymusk / Whitehouse / Kemnay rural; areas not completed Womblehill, Lauchintilly; areas not completed Bethelnie, Westerton, Saphock, Mains of Tulloch, Greyhound Drive Oldmeldrum, Mill Road; No Trade Collections - Formartine and Huntly, Insch, surrounding area (staff shortages).

Missed collection, January 4 - Bogton, Forglen to Aberchirder road; Knowes of Elrick, Finnygaud, Milbethhill, Old town; Kebholes, Linhead, Upper fattahead; Alvah, Brydock, Pole of Itlaw, Roberton, Deuchries, Sketraw.

Missed collection, January 4 - Udny, Newburgh, Cruden Bay, Pitmedden Newmachar, Cruden Bay Trade Waste, Fraserburgh and Sandhaven (staff shortages).

Missed collection, January 3 - Balmedie, Foveran (including Foveran Rural); Methlick village and Methlick rural;Tarves village; Newmachar Inverurie trade waste, Ellon domestic and Colliston rural (staff shortages).

In a statement, Aberdeenshire Council officers said: "The vast majority of routes have been revisited where necessary but two out of six depots – Mintlaw and Ellon – are continuing to do their best to catch up.

"Residual waste (black bins) collections have been prioritised and an extra collection is planned for Foveran, rural Balmedie, Newmachar and Collieston this Friday, January 7.

"It will not be possible to put in place replacement collections for recycling in the affected areas but residents should rest assured that excess materials (more than will fill your usual bin) will be accepted at the next usual collection date.

"Excess recycling waste should be placed in boxes rather than bags."

Head of Environment and Sustainability Ewan Wallace explained: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused at a time when many residents have a lot of waste to dispose of.

"Slots are available at our household waste recycling centres and excess waste will be accepted at the next normal collection date for all routes affected.

“We would like to ask all customers for your patience and understanding at this particularly challenging time.

"Lots of industries are struggling at the moment and councils are no different.

"Colleagues are doing their absolute best to make it across our extensive network and very much appreciate your support.”

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