Celebrating our Waste Management Team

 09 July 2020  |  

Celebrating our Waste Management Team

Celebrating our Waste Management Team

Our Waste Management team have worked tirelessly during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, adapting the way they operate to ensure essential household waste and recycling collections could continue without issue.

Thanks to their diligent efforts, we were able to keep our full household collection service running throughout the pandemic, with the exception of garden waste for three weeks. 

Since 23 March, they have collected a staggering 1.8 million wheeled bins and food caddies; attended and cleared over 300 incidents of fly tipping; actioned over 80 complaints from the public, workers and business owners; and collaborated with colleagues at East Ayrshire Council and our own Trading Standards and Environmental Health team to prevent rogue traders from collecting waste.  

Much to the delight of many residents, the team also planned ahead to ensure our Household Waste Recycling Centres were ready to re-open at the earliest opportunity following the green light from the Scottish Government.. They extended site opening hours, added two temporary pop-up sites for general waste, and put robust traffic management plans in place to avoid queueing at, and around the sites.    

These are just some of the ways they've made a difference, and local residents have been quick to praise the team for their hard work. One told us: "I visited the pop up site at the Citadel – it was an absolute joy. Well organised, very friendly and helpful guys, and no line. Well done!"

Councillor Ian Cochrane, South Ayrshire Council's Portfolio Holder for Environment said: "I'd like to extend my thanks to everyone in our Waste Management team for their continuous hard work and dedication to keep the service running smoothly over the last three months.

"Even though they've faced challenges during this difficult time, including a reduced workforce, crew members have shown resilience and kept smiling throughout. I'm extremely proud of the team for going the extra mile to make a difference in our communities during this pandemic."  

For the latest updates on our services, visit https://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/