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Extra resources to tackle cleansing backlog

posted 30 Jul 2009, 05:14 by myEdinburgh Admin
In response to the current unofficial industrial action by waste management staff the City of Edinburgh Council has engaged further resources to help clean the city and make sure it is looking its best for the festival season.

As of Wednesday 29 July, more than 20 private contract staff will begin night shift working - emptying bins, collecting refuse and sweeping and hosing down streets. Earlier this week council staff who normally work in trade waste and recycling were redeployed to help clear the backlog of household waste.

The following additional resources will be also deployed;

  • During the festival period a private contractor will assume responsibility for the heart of the city centre allowing council staff to concentrate on other areas;

  • 1 team will start work later this week to deal with particular problem areas across the city. This team will operate two shifts a day and, from Monday 3 August, will concentrate on communal bins that have not been emptied;

  • this week 5 extra crews will start carrying out household waste collections and will be joined by a further 5 new crews next week;

  • 40 temporary refuse collectors are being recruited to help get the city back to normal.

Council Leader Jenny Dawe said; "It is still my hope that we will be able to achieve a resolution to the current situation that will see our staff back working normally.

"However, residents and visitors should not have to put up with unacceptable cleanliness standards. That is why we have put in place a range of contingency arrangements to tackle the backlog in refuse collection and street cleaning.

"In talks with the Unions tomorrow I will be reiterating that we want to work with them to ensure that all our employees have all the necessary facts and figures. It is essential that they understand that we have plans to avoid the substantial reductions in pay that are being reported in the media.

Source: The City of Edinburgh Council