Posted on: Thursday 9 April 2020
Torfaen County Borough Council has announced that additional steps will be taken to ensure the health and wellbeing of its staff during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The council has confirmed the additional measures in light of the laws introduced by Welsh Government to maintain social distancing in the workplace where reasonably practicable.
Earlier this week the council implemented changes to its recycling and refuse collection service in line with the guidance. A convoy system to provide back up and ensure crews do not have to sit together in the cabs has been introduced.
Councillor Owen, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said “The recycling and waste service is an essential service to be delivered during the Coronvirus pandemic. Also of paramount importance is the health and wellbeing of our staff.
“Recycling and waste collections are essential. With more people staying home we have seen the amount of recycling and waste we collect increase quite significantly. Indeed, we have seen a 15-20% increase in food waste put out for collection.
“To keep our staff safe and ensure collections can continue, we have made changes. This may mean collections are slightly slower than normal so please bear with us. I also want to thank the amazing staff who have come from other service areas to allow us to make these important changes.
“I fully appreciate this is a difficult time for householders but please remember the reduce, reuse and recycling mantra. At these difficult times every little step does make a big difference.
“Can I thank the residents for the kind words that have been pouring in about the collection crews who continue to work during this time. They are really appreciated, and make a real impact on the workforce. Thank you.”
The full Welsh Government guidance can be found at https://gov.wales/taking-all-reasonable-measures-maintain-physical-distancing-workplace