Waste services in the borough affected by strike

The Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead
The Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead

Around a quarter of Dacorum Borough Council’s staff took part in a national strike today, including all of the area’s bin crews.

It is believed around 180 council employees of the Hemel Hempstead Civic Centre took part in the walkout, out of a total of 730 members of council staff.

Today’s green waste collection was the main service disrupted by the industrial action, taken by members of the Unison and Unite unions, along with firefighters from the Fire Brigades Union.

The borough council’s chief executive Sally Marshall said: “Today’s national industrial action affected some services at Dacorum Borough Council. Most noticeably the green waste collection, as all our bin crews were out on strike.

“I am sorry for any disruption residents have experienced. The reality is that it is the right of union members to strike and whilst we have done our best to maintain essential services, some disruption is an unavoidable consequence of action that intends to disrupt.

“Other services operated at a reduced level but disruption was minimal.”

The authority also advised that green waste will now be collected in a fortnight’s time, with recycling collected next week. Alternatively, waste can be taken to one of the Herts County Council’s household recycling centres.

Bin crews will collect additional recycling in a fortnight’s time, if it is separated and put in appropriate containers.

All of the council’s call centres and customer service centres remained open.

Herts County Council is expected to publish a full rundown of services affected in the upper tier of local authority in the area later today.