GREEN bin collections will be temporarily suspended following staff shortages due to Covid – council bosses have announced.

The decision was made to suspend the bins, which contain garden waste, after increasing numbers of staff have been off work with positive Covid tests, or self-isolation.

To combat the shortage, the council has moved staff from non-essential services to empty the general waste and recycling.

Any waste from green bins can still be disposed of at household waste recycling centres across the borough.

A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “We’re anticipating disruption to collections for this week and we’ll re-schedule these as soon as possible over the next few weeks. Our website will be updated with re-scheduled dates and we ask that you leave your bins out.

“Any green waste collections due to be made from Tuesday, July 27 will not be collected until the service resumes.

“This pandemic is far from over, and we're in a situation where staff absences are the highest since the start of the pandemic.

“Our staff must follow government rules and self-isolate to protect themselves, their families and our residents.

“We know that this isn't ideal and will re-start the green bin collections as soon as possible. We ask for your patience and understanding, and we'll keep you updated.”