Praise for West Lothian bin staff as recycling centres close due to virus

West Lothian’s five recycling centres have been closed as staff concentrate on household waste uplifts.

Photographer Ian Georgeson, Stock picture.

And there has been praise on social media from members of the public at the way bin staff have been working.

The decision was taken recently to temporarily close the recycling centres. A  notice on the  council’s website said: “Staffing resources will be diverted towards the continued delivery of the waste collection service. As a reminder, non-essential car journeys are discouraged as part of the wider Government guidance.”

New bookings for uplifts of bulky waste have also been suspended so staff can be concentrated on statutory collections. The council stopped taking bookings  until further notice. The council said on its website: “We plan to honour existing bookings. If you have already made a booking and we can’t collect it, we will let you know.”

Writing on social media about bin uplifts, one householder said : “Just had my bin emptied on time. The guys stayed away from each other and took turns emptying the bins.  Keep up the good work guys and stay safe out there on the frontline!”

The council has also suspended  its grounds maintenance and street cleaning service. A spokesman for the council said: “The council has reduced staffing levels and has moved to ensure that adequate numbers of staff are moved into other service areas such as Waste Collection services. Currently the Waste Collection service continues as normal. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.”